Quakers at Friends Center
Since the construction of the Race Street Meetinghouse in 1856, Quakers have worshipped and worked at this location. In partnership with diverse community groups, Quakers have worked here to foster movements to end slavery, promote women’s rights, and reform public institutions.
(Inscription under the photo in the upper left)
Quaker worship has been held in this meetinghouse since 1856. All are welcome.
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1. Quakers gather together in meeting for worship to search as a group for the guidance of the Living Presence of God. The Quakers who worship here hold meeting for worship that are predominantly silent. There is no pastor and no set order of worship. Those present may rise to speak as the Spirit moves them to do so.
2. Quaker education, long nurtured at his site, is rooted in
3. Friends are known for their efforts on behalf of human rights, prison reform, and work for peace in their communities and around the world. Quakers worldwide were honored in 1947 with the Nobel Prize for Peace for feeding starving children during both World Wars and for their assistance rebuilding Europe in the wars’ aftermath.
4. Friends Center provides a place for Quakers and other community groups to work together on social issues through actions rooted in love and peace. The practice of listening both to God and to one another sustains Quakers in their work for world peace, justice, and human dignity.
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“True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them better to live in it and excites their endeavors to mend it.” William Penn-William Penn (1644-1718) a Quaker founded Pennsylvania in 1681 as a “Holy Experiment” for religious freedom.
Location. 39° 57.341′ N, 75° 9.887′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Cherry Street. Click for map. The marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Green Building at Friends Center (here, next to this marker); American Friends Service Committee (a few steps from this marker); Civilian Public Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Girl Scout Cookies (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (about 500 feet away); Edmund N. Bacon (about 700 feet away); Public Sector Collective Bargaining (approx. 0.2 miles away); Philadelphia (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
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