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First Monday Series: Bill Graustein Returns to Present Stephen G. Cary Lecture!

April 7, 2014 – 7:30-9:00 pm – The Barn at Pendle Hill – 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA – Free and open to the public; no reservations required. This program is part of Pendle Hill’s First Monday Series of free lectures, films, and events held the first Monday of every month, year round.

Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture Series

The Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture was endowed by Norval and Ann Reece and established in 2004 in concert with Pendle Hill’s publication of Steve Cary’s memoir, The Intrepid Quaker: One Man’s Quest for Peace.

Bill Graustein writes concerning his presentation, “I try to make a practice of listening to and drawing out stories from people in many different communities within the city where I live. I’ve come to understand these stories as vocal ministry and come to hear prophetic voices within them. These voices challenge the status quo, both within and without the Society of Friends, yet they reveal common yearnings that may illuminate a path forward for vital engagement of Friends with the secular world.”

After 25 years as a geologist Bill Graustein left scientific research to devote his time to work in the nonprofit sector. In1993 he led the reorganization of his family’s foundation, the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. From 2001 to 2011 he chaired the board of Public Allies, a national organization that advances diverse young adults in leadership.

Bill, a convinced Friend, has been a member of New Haven Friends Meeting for nearly 40 years. In 2002 he created, and still leads, a workshop series, the “Community Leadership Program” for civic and nonprofit leaders in his hometown of New Haven, Connecticut. The question “Can what I have learned from Friends’ practice be transplanted to a secular setting?” helped guide the development of the program.

In 2011 he and Niyonu Spann founded “Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations” to support New Haven community movements and nonprofit organizations.

Bill also served on the board the National Center for Family Philanthropy; chaired the Public Information Committee of the American Geophysical Union and is author of scientific publications that few people will ever read. Last year, he got the odometer of his bicycle up to 24,901 miles, the circumference of the earth. He tries to think globally and pedal locally.

For more information, contact John Meyer or call 610-566-4507 ext. 129.

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