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Pendle Hill Quaker Institute: Living Our Testimonies in “The Fierce Urgency of Now”

May 2-5, 2024

An on-campus gathering to explore how we can meet this political moment as Friends, individually and collectively.
This workshop begins with a registration window from 4:30-6:00pm on the opening day and ends with lunch from 12pm-1pm on the closing day.

Private Room: $450/$600/$750
Shared Room: $450
Commuter: $250

If these options are financially inaccessible, please wait to register and first apply for financial assistance at the bottom of the page.

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We are not for Names, nor Men, nor Titles of Government, nor are we for this Party, nor against the other, because of its Name and Pretense; but we are for Justice and Mercy, and Truth and Peace, and true Freedom, that these may be exalted in our Nation.” —Edward Burrough, 1659

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967

Pendle Hill Quaker Institute: Living Our Testimonies in “The Fierce Urgency of Now”
As we face the illumination and escalation of longstanding structures of violence both in the U.S. and globally, and prepare for the 2024 US elections, Pendle Hill invites Friends to learn, vision, worship, and break bread together. We will explore the role of our communities in the context of our current political moment. We hope participants will leave this gathering spiritually grounded, with new relationships, strategies, and practices for living our testimonies, speaking truth, and walking with integrity through the world as Friends.

We will explore the queries below and those that rise in our time together, and we invite you to bring the queries that your Meetings, Friends’ organizations, and communities are grappling with:

  • How do we live our testimonies with integrity today?
  • When do we choose to name our political realities with truth and courage? When does silence leave space for Spirit, and when does it perpetuate harm?
  • How does our commitment to answering that of God in everyone guide our speech and our action in this moment of polarization?
  • What is the role of ministry in this time of political upheaval and violence?
  • What visions, queries, and spiritual practices does the Religious Society of Friends have to offer us now?
  • How can we rededicate ourselves to the struggle for a new world while grounding in our faith and the life of the Spirit?

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Leaders and Elders for this event are listed in the Proposed Schedule linked above.

Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.

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