Beacon Hill Friends House

Beacon Hill Friends House (BHFH) is a Quaker center and residential community in downtown Boston, Mass., that provides opportunities for personal growth, spiritual deepening, and collective action.

As of this fall, BHFH has a full house of 21 residents ages 20 through 60—students, professionals, retirees, and in-between. Most are not Quaker; one is a former resident from the 1990s, back for a “re-residency.”

This fall starts BHFH’s second year of hosting Program Fellows, who spend a year supporting BHFH programs and their own personal development while living in intentional community.

BHFH has developed deeper expertise in running hybrid gatherings—both for its own events and increasingly in support of other Quaker institutions, including Pendle Hill study center, Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC), and New England Yearly Meeting’s annual sessions. After a break from weekly public programming over the summer, BHFH has ramped back up its cadence of events since September.

This spring, the first edition of a workbook for the Vocational Discernment Project was produced, grounded in Quaker practices but meant for a broader audience. Several workshops have been held based on this curriculum—at BHFH; on the road at Earlham and Guilford Colleges and Friends Camp in Maine; and online for QuEST fellows, QREC, and Friends Association for Higher Education. The curriculum and workbook are available on the BHFH website.

Learn more: Beacon Hill Friends House

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