Friends believe in simple living. This has historically meant simple dress, plain speech, and unadorned meeting houses for worship. Through the simplicity testimony, Friends encourage one another to look beyond the outward and to the inward.

In contemporary terms, Friends try to live lives in which activities and possessions do not get in the way of open and unencumbered communication with others and with one’s own spirituality. A person’s spiritual life and character are more important than the quantity of goods he possesses or his monetary worth. Clearing away the clutter makes it easier to hear the “still small voice” within. Friends also believe that one should use one’s resources, including money and time, deliberately in ways that are most likely to make life truly better for oneself and others. The word testimony describes the way that Friends testify or bear witness to their beliefs in their everyday life. A testimony is therefore not a belief, but is committed action arising out of Friends’ religious experience.

In recent decades Friends have given the Testimony an ecological dimension: that Friends should not use more than their fair share of the Earth’s limited resources.

– Thomas Kelley, 1941

Life is meant to be lived from a Center, a divine Center—a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene. It takes no time but occupies all our time.

– Robert Lawrence Smith, 1999

Simplicity . . . has little to do with how many things you own and everything to do with not letting your possessions own you.

June Quote of the Month

In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.

- Howard Thurman

Howard Thurman (1899-1981), was a prominent African-American theologian and philosopher who studied with Rufus Jones and Douglas Steere at Haverford College.

Radnor Meeting Query for June

Each month our Meeting chooses a query for reflection and examination of how we are practicing our faith.

  • How does our Meeting help to create and maintain a society whose institutions recognize and do away with the inequities rooted in patterns of prejudice and economic convenience?

  • Is our Meeting open to all regardless of race, ability, sexual orientation, or class?

  • What steps are we taking as a Meeting to assure that our Meeting and the committees and institutions under our care reflect our respect for all and are free from practices rooted in prejudice?

  • Do I examine myself for aspects of prejudice that may be buried, including beliefs that seem to justify biases based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, and feelings of inferiority or superiority? What am I doing to help overcome the contemporary effects of past and present oppression? Am I teaching my children, and do I show through my way of living, that love of God includes affirming the equality of people, treating others with dignity and respect, and seeking to recognize and address that of God within every person?

Grace Cookie Walk

Grace Cookie Walk

Join us on Sunday December 2 for our annual Grace Cookie Walk named in honor of Gene Grace for his leadership and support of the event since its inception to benefit St. Mary’s Food Pantry and the SEGA school.

Please email Rose letting her know the type/number of cookies you will bring

Label cookies with information on allergens (contains peanuts, contains tree nuts, gluten-free, etc.)

Remember to bring your own container.

Thank you!
Peace and Social Concerns