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  • Beginnings - Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    a great people to be gathered Henry Hodgkin wrote The name of Pendle Hill symbolizes the call to climb to spiritual heights through hard thinking and self discipline to see deeper into the meaning of life and farther out into the great world and to come down as did Fox from Pendle Hill with a fresh zest for the service which reaches to that of God in all Pendle Hill An Experiment in Life and Education p 3 At first Henry Hodgkin directed recruitment efforts at recent college graduates who had some practical experience and would come to Pendle Hill to prepare for future service In addition some college faculty members looked to Pendle Hill as a place to live and study during their sabbaticals Students were generally expected to stay for a year s study At the start Pendle Hill s student body was diverse religiously and racially and included two African Americans as well as students from several countries Pendle Hill opened with an excellent faculty for 1930 31 including several teachers who were on the faculty of Swarthmore Haverford or Bryn Mawr College Henry Sharman Bible Rufus Jones mysticism Henry Cadbury the Prophets Douglas Steere and George Thomas Religion and the Modern World Ilse Forrest religious education Henry Hodgkin social relations and Clarence Pickett Quakerism with Henry Hodgkin The first year was successful with two publications resulting from group efforts the start of the public Monday night lectures and visits from Muriel Lester and Rabindranath Tagore With Henry Hodgkin s untimely death in 1933 Pendle Hill struggled to establish itself promoting its initial purpose as it sought students staff and other participants Finally the Board recruited Howard and Anna Cox Brinton to serve as directors in 1936 The Brintons led Pendle Hill over the next two decades and were largely responsible for making Pendle Hill a significant Quaker resource for the Religious Society of Friends in the United States and around the world Through the leadership of the Brintons the Pendle Hill idea took shape Pendle Hill was a small educational community where students were expected to do serious written work participate in meeting for worship attend several courses do their share of household tasks and carry out field work away from campus These expectations reflected the core value of an education balanced in every aspect of life work worship and study Group life both social and religious was seen as essential to Pendle Hill s experimental education At the same time that this way of life was nurtured on campus Howard and Anna Brinton and other staff traveled extensively and gave frequent presentations carrying Pendle Hill teaching out into the world Cooperation between Pendle Hill and the American Friends Service Committee AFSC began in 1935 From the late 1930s through the 1940s in the period of World War II and its aftermath Pendle Hill sought through education and publications to work toward a just society without using violence Pendle Hill and the AFSC cooperated to train

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  • Arboretum - Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    of Stalking the Wild Asparagus Ewell worked at Pendle Hill in the late 1950s Canadian Hemlock This is the Pennsylvania state tree Recently the health of this species has been threatened by woolly aphid infestations This particular tree is over 100 feet tall and from its top one can view boats traveling on the Delaware River Its height is 17 feet shy of the state champion Hemlock Penn Treaty Elm In 1682 William Penn signed a Peace Treaty with the Delaware Indians under the noble canopy of an American Elm Before that historic tree blew down in 1810 a shoot was transplanted to the home of a General Paul Oliver in Bay Ridge New York and then moved again to his home in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania Haverford College was presented with a scion from that tree and others were propagated This Pendle Hill specimen was a seedling from the Haverford collection and was planted here in the 1970s American Beech It is estimated that this native is over 300 years old It is listed in E E Wildman s book Penn s Woods 1682 1932 which documents many of the trees that are thought to have been alive when a wide eyed William Penn first stomped through the Pennsylvania forest Bamboo Actually a member of the grass family bamboo makes a sturdy building material for fences and trellises around Pendle Hill Like many other beautiful introduced plants this species of bamboo is an invasive in Pennsylvania The bamboo at Pendle Hill was part of the Brinton House property as purchased in 1970 Meadows The establishment of meadows at Pendle Hill was done as a way to introduce a more diverse collection of flora and fauna An annual early spring mowing of the space interrupts the natural progression of a bare field to a hardwood forest by keeping young trees and shrubs in check and allowing wildflowers and grasses to flower and go to seed This creates the necessary food and shelter for wildlife to inhabit that a mowed lawn prohibits In March dozens of praying mantis egg cases are collected from the cut grasses and wildflowers to be redistributed to other parts of the property The praying mantis is valued as an important natural predator of other insects Wetlands This pond which had all but disappeared due to silt was restored as a wetland in 2002 with the help of a government program called Partners for Wildlife It attracts a variety of waterfowl such as herons mallards wood ducks and kingfishers Bullfrogs snapping turtles and grass carp are a few of the other inhabitants that can be sighted from the shore Kentucky Coffee Tree This tree is proof that the desperate nature of the addicted coffee drinker transcends time The common name of the tree is given to us by the early white settlers to Kentucky who used the seed from this tree as a coffee substitute As Donald Peattie writes in A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and

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  • Library - Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    and help make a difference Your generosity supports our vision to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives Pendle Hill Annual Fund Gift Planning Ways to Give Your Support Matters Volunteer Opportunities Pendle Hill Stories EXPLORE our Quaker retreat conference center Pendle Hill is a study retreat and conference center located on 23 tranquil acres in the heart of a Quaker community near Philadelphia Pennsylvania News Notes Vision Mission History Community Life Worship Board Staff Employment Campus Tours Forms Downloads The Library at Pendle Hill Pendle Hill s 12 000 volume library is open 24 hours except when classes or meetings are in session Comfortable armchairs are available for reading The collection is especially strong in Quakerism religion and peace and justice themes Browsers will also find a disparate assortment of fiction titles The library is located in Firbank on the same floor as the art studio Explore News Notes Vision Mission History Community Life Worship Board Staff Employment Campus Tours Forms Downloads Contact Us Thank you for your interest in Pendle Hill How may we help you 610 566 4507 or 800 742 3150 info pendlehill org Share Most of our wonderful lectures and presentations are streamed live over the Internet We also record them for those who are unable to watch the live session To view upcoming live stream and past recorded events on your computer tablet or smartphone click on the button below Our Latest Articles What does it mean to live with Integrity Pendle Hill Rewind February 1962 Welcome Susan Chast Pendle Hill s new Artist in Residence January 2016 E newsletter Featured Events Conversations with Land deep listening mark making Feb 5 Apr 30 2016 Open Studio Session 02 13 16 Feb 13 2016 Living the Compassionate Life The Essence of Nonviolent

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  • Music - Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    meets and presents seasonal concerts Throughout the year our life together is enriched by other musical events and activities such as evenings of chanting or Taize style worship occasional public concerts or theatrical performances Pendle Hill Chorus If you ever wondered if singing in a chorus would be fun but were nervous about an audition the Pendle Hill Chorus is for you Pendle Hill Chorus brings together singers from the wider Philadelphia and Delaware County area We are a mixed chorus of 35 45 singers ranging in ability from the beginner to the more experienced There is no audition the only requirement being a readiness to commit to weekly rehearsals for each season We sing a varied repertoire of music from the classical folk world and popular traditions We work hard and have a really good time Rehearsals typically begin 9 10 weeks before a performance and are held on Wednesdays from 7 30pm 9 00pm followed by sharing snacks and sociability For each season we ask for donation of 35 more if you can to help cover expenses However no one should stay away if they cannot pay the full amount If you have questions please contact Joan Broadfield Manager or Jackie Coren Musical Director 215 843 5254 Grand Piano Live music is often heard at Pendle Hill The grand piano in the Barn can be played any time after work hours when the meeting room is free Workshops are held in songwriting and in study of great classical music There are occasional instrumental concerts open to the community self organized hymn singing or folk music playing and singing or other musical performances are usually part of our New Year s Eve celebration Explore News Notes Vision Mission History Community Life Worship Board Staff Employment Campus Tours Forms Downloads

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  • Spiritual Life - Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Spirit moves those present In this expectant listening for God people of different faiths often find that Divine Presence which weaves all life together Worship takes place at other times too before meals at classes and at other gatherings so that worship supports all of community life We see every part of life at Pendle Hill classes kitchen work gardening yoga sessions community gatherings and more as a way to grow spiritually and find inner refreshment and peace Read more about Worship at Pendle Hill Spiritual Nurture To encourage and strengthen the life of the Spirit and the programmatic experience of our sojourners every sojourner is paired with a member of staff who serves as spiritual nurturer Spiritual nurturers are not counselors rather they are supportive companions to the sojourner s experience The spiritual nurturer and the sojourner meet for one hour each week This is a time of deep listening which may include worship Spirit led dialogue journaling or other creative process or simply conversation related to the sojourner s time here These meetings help in reviewing experiences and in making progress toward the individual s personal goals Friends in Residence Each year Pendle Hill hosts Friends in Residence who are present throughout the year and provide support and guidance founded on their long experience in the Religious Society of Friends The company of these seasoned Friends adds a special dimension to the community s understanding of what it means to be a Quaker Learn more Friends in Residence Media Prayer Shawl Ministry Second Thursdays 7 9pm in Waysmeet Learn to knit or crochet handmade items for those in need of prayer All are welcome Supplies provided No skill or experience necessary Explore News Notes Vision Mission History Community Life Worship Board Staff Employment Campus Tours Forms Downloads Contact

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  • Food & Garden - Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Forms Downloads Food Philosophy The cooks at Pendle Hill see their job as a ministry of love and concern We try to promote good health and a sense of well being by serving meals that are nutritionally balanced using a limited amount of processed foods especially those containing white flour sugar and salt Learn more Food Philosophy Dining Room Eating together in community is an important part of life at Pendle Hill a time for students staff and visitors to gather in conversation and friendship in our community dining room Learn more Dining at Pendle Hill Pendle Hill Greenhouse Project Our goal was to build a greenhouse ourselves from locally harvested recycled and non toxic materials It has a stone foundation cob and strawbale walls and posts from hardwood trees culled from Pendle Hill s woods This aesthetically pleasing low tech building is functional durable and cheap Learn more Greenhouse Project Organic Garden Staff and students plant care for and harvest a wide variety of vegetables which the cooks use in creating delicious meals for the Pendle Hill community Our sustainably built greenhouse allows us to start some plants indoors We have a hoop house which allows us to grow plants into the colder months Work in the garden continues throughout the summer when a variety of fruits and vegetables are grown Pendle Hill also taps maple trees for syrup Explore News Notes Vision Mission History Community Life Worship Board Staff Employment Campus Tours Forms Downloads Contact Us Thank you for your interest in Pendle Hill How may we help you 610 566 4507 or 800 742 3150 info pendlehill org Share Most of our wonderful lectures and presentations are streamed live over the Internet We also record them for those who are unable to watch the live session To

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  • Welcome to Meeting for Worship! - Pendle Hill - A Quaker study, retreat, and conference center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    our minds to become still By grace we may open to the spacious reality of the Eternal Being to the Light of Christ to the Love of God Perhaps the Inward Light will illuminate something we need to see more clearly within ourselves or in the world We may receive spiritual nourishment or healing Eternal truths might gain fresh relevance or we may be led into prayer for ourselves or others Guidance may come about how God is leading us to act in relation to a particular issue or heart felt concern Discerning About Vocal Ministry In the silence each person may be ministered to according to their innermost needs Often specific guidance or messages are received inwardly When we feel an urge or prompting to stand and share a message with the whole meeting this is an opportunity to practice discernment to sort out whether the message comes only from our own thoughts and enthusiasms or whether it is divinely inspired If we have a clear sense that it is inspired we ask is this message meant only for me or am I being prompted by the Spirit to speak it to others aloud right now in this place If so we stand speak in a clear loud voice and share faithfully what has been given without addition or explanation If we offer vocal ministry it is our practice to do so only once Vocal ministry is not meant to be a conversation with one another but a form of communion with God through the Spirit led words of those present This might include an inspired heart felt prayer spoken aloud or a part of a song that is given as ministry to the gathered group on a particular day A theme or connection may be apparent between the messages However we refrain from our own impulses to respond to a particular message or to add our own thoughts We leave it to the Spirit to shape whatever larger pattern or meaning may unfold in the ministry Closing Meeting As Meeting for Worship comes to a close about half an hour after the starting time one of the people sitting on the bench that faces the entrance the facing bench will ask if there are prayers joys or concerns to hold in the Light with the community Meeting closes when this person shakes hands with another Then everyone shakes hands and greets others near them Afterwards visitors are invited to stand and introduce themselves At the end there is time for brief announcements relevant to community life and events at Pendle Hill Silence and Vocal Ministry We do not know in advance whether or not there will be spoken messages during a particular Meeting for Worship It is not unusual for there to be no messages on any given day the silence itself contains the message and the ministry On other days there may be one two or several messages either related to one another or not Friends rise

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  • Journey Toward Wholeness contact - Pendle Hill - A Quaker study, retreat, and conference center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Reading Room Overnight Accommodations What to Bring Dining Services Meals SUPPORT our mission and help make a difference Your generosity supports our vision to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives Pendle Hill Annual Fund Gift Planning Ways to Give Your Support Matters Volunteer Opportunities Pendle Hill Stories EXPLORE our Quaker retreat conference center Pendle Hill is a study retreat and conference center located on 23 tranquil acres in the heart of a Quaker community near Philadelphia Pennsylvania News Notes Vision Mission History Community Life Worship Board Staff Employment Campus Tours Forms Downloads Thank you for your interest in the Journey Toward Wholeness Courage Renewal Retreat Series Please complete and submit the questionnaire below The purpose of this application is to ascertain participants background and expectations Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified within 2 3 weeks of submitting their application Online Form Journey Toward Wholeness Questionnaire Learn Education Overview Radical Faithfulness Program Beyond Crime and Punishment Continuing Revolution Integrity Workshops Events Arts Spirituality Pamphlets Books Scholarships Residencies Share Most of our wonderful lectures and presentations are streamed live over the Internet We also record them for those who are unable to watch the live session To view upcoming live stream and past recorded events on your computer tablet or smartphone click on the button below Our Latest Articles What does it mean to live with Integrity Pendle Hill Rewind February 1962 Welcome Susan Chast Pendle Hill s new Artist in Residence January 2016 E newsletter Featured Events Conversations with Land deep listening mark making Feb 5 Apr 30 2016 Open Studio Session 02 13 16 Feb 13 2016 Living the Compassionate Life The Essence of Nonviolent Communication Feb 19 21 2016 The Clay Connection Feb 20 2016 view all live

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