Pendle Hill Campus Closed to Visitors Through October 1, 2020

As an act of Love for our neighbors and our nation, the Pendle Hill campus is currently closed to visitors until at least October 1st. We invite you to walk our trails, but we ask that all other visitors and volunteers refrain from visiting us until further notice. Even though our physical, walk-in bookstore is closed, you can still purchase pamphlets, pamphlet subscriptions, and a variety of new and gently-read books from our online store. Thank you.

Please join us online for worship, 8:30-9:10am Eastern, each morning.

Acknowledging and Addressing Systemic Racism

June 12, 2020

We mourn the violent and unwarranted deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other African Americans whose deaths continue the stream of violence directed against African Americans in this country for over four hundred years. Blacks and other people of color continue to suffer from structural racism and oppression. We acknowledge the many burdens of racism on African Americans and other people of color, including: immense inequities in health care, mass incarceration, police violence and shooting, everyday insults small and large, implicit and explicit bias, being unheard or not believed, inferior schools and education experiences… the list goes on and on.

Pendle Hill’s vision is to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives. We are a Quaker institution. We understand that since the early days of the religion, Quaker leaders and institutions have been embedded in a prevailing culture of white supremacy. While we are proud of the many Quakers who stood up for justice and freedom over the centuries, abolitionists often did not view African Americans as equals, Quaker schools were slow to desegregate, and today Blacks and other people of color often feel unwelcome in our faith communities. We seek to reveal and eradicate the elements of white supremacy that are woven into the Quaker tradition.

We all must be vocal about ending oppression in this country. Black lives matter! We want to be an active part of building a nation in which this statement does not need to be said on a daily basis.

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