News & Announcements
Providence Meeting has committed to a year-long exploration of racism and white privilege. As part of this, we invite members and attenders of Providence to join a new adult-education program to deepen our understanding of these issues. In order to develop a deep level of trust within the group that will enable everyone to share his or her own story, we are asking for a commitment to attend as many of the sessions as possible. Out of the ensuing atmosphere of support, we will explore often-difficult topics while providing an opportunity for growth and enlightenment.
The Working Group on Privilege and Racism has met several times now and looks forward to working with members of Providence Monthly Meeting as we live into the charge raised by Friends at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. That charge includes inviting Quakers to confront racism, examine privilege, and live into greater communion with Friends and neighbors.
Together with Media Friends Meeting, Providence Friends support Media-Providence Friends School (MPFS), located at 125 W. Third Street in Media. In addition to financial support, several members of our Meeting serve on the board and staff of MPFS.
Two members of the Providence Meeting community, Leslie Friedman and Parker Snowe, have just returned from the Gathering of Friends sponsored by Friends General Conference (FGC). The Gathering is an annual event which brings together approximately 1,500 persons from around the world to live in community according to the Quaker Way. This year's Gathering took place from July 5-11, and was held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains south of Great Smoky Mts. National Park.
Our first-ever mid-week picnic, hosted by the Program & Outreach Committee, drew over 30 Friends to Providence Meeting on June 17. Given that the organizers planned for no more than 20 people, this event exceeded expectations! Many Friends enjoyed the chance to spend time together, and many also enjoyed hearing about Robin Harper's recent trip to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Thanks to typical potluck magic, no one left hungry! Plans are already afoot to host another picnic, perhaps later in the summer.
Building on the success of this spring's adult First Day school, plans are afoot to resume discussions in the fall, centered around an appropriate theme to be announced.