On June 5, the Radnor Friends Men’s Group volunteered in support of Habitat for Humanity (Montco-Delco) by cleaning up a block in Norristown where Habitat is actively supplying affordable housing. It served as both a fundraiser and a clean-up effort.
The members of Radnor Meeting adopted the following minute in April 2021:
“A minute of concern over the events of January 6th and the increasing culture of violence in our country.” As Friends, it is our understanding that we are not meant to conform to the ways of the world but to listen attentively and act in obedience to the Light Within. At this time, we are called to bear witness to our commitment to the Quaker testimonies of peace and equality. It is our deeply held belief that we are all equal in the eyes of God. We embrace the practice of mutual respect and caring for the welfare of all humanity, and when we have differences, we address them peacefully, in a spirit of love and understanding. Conversely, we stand resolute against violence in all of its forms including racial and economic injustice. Violence, hate, and bigotry, regardless of the cause or rationale, should have no home in our hearts or in our society. Let us be guided in our actions by love of one another and in our shared belief that there is that of God in every person. In direct response to our concern regarding the growing culture of violence and injustice, we as Quakers are led to speak truth to power and to bear witness through our actions that the way forward is through an unwavering commitment to peace, equality, and the power of love to transform.
The group to help Radnor Meeting be carbon net neutral has been meeting since the beginning of the year to develop strategies and plans to eliminate
or offset the greenhouse gases our meeting adds to the atmosphere. We are currently talking about the depth and
breadth of the problem and why we are led by the necessity to work together to find solutions at our
personal, community, and national levels.
We are assessing our carbon impact by evaluating not just the fossil fuels we use to maintain our
buildings and grounds, but also the fuel we use to drive to and from our Meeting House and the food we
eat while there. We are exploring ways to reduce waste and efficiently reduce consumption where
possible. To this end, the property committee has had a specialist seal cracks and gaps in the
meetinghouse walls, windows and doors to reduce the electricity and natural gas we consume to heat and
cool our building.
On March 21, we presented a forum as an opportunity to learn more about climate change and what we
are doing at Radnor. More important, we wanted to provide an opportunity for all of us to discuss how
we are led by our Quaker values, as embodied by the SPICES testimonies, to take personal and
community action to stop climate change. We will next focus on the actions we are
taking and what else we could be doing to find solutions at our personal, community, and
Peace and Social Concerns Committee asks you to please join an interfaith gun violence prevention procession in Wayne on April 11 starting at 3:30 at Wayne United Methodist Church. The purpose of the event is both to honor those lost in gun murders and to demand stronger and more effective gun laws and regulations. We’ll walk less than a mile visiting four churches. The program will end back at Wayne Methodist United approximately 1 1/2 hours later. This program will be held under the auspices of the Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence organization, and participating churches include Wayne United Methodist, Wayne Central Baptist, Wayne Presbytarian and St. Mary’s Episcopal. The program will include testimony, music and prayer. A memorial to the 447 lost will be represented by a tee shirt display. There will be an opportunity for letter writing to legislators in support of sensible gun policy. Feel free to bring a sign: “No more gun deaths,” “End gun violence,” “Sensible gun laws” or along those lines.
May 16, at rise of Meeting
Sponsored by Peace & Social Concerns
Breck Taylor, PhD, professor of Criminal Justice, Temple University will lead us in a discussion about
policing in the United States. He will review the historical context and help us understand the roots of the
current crisis. We will explore the ways as Quakers and citizens that we can act as agents of change.
April 18, at rise of Meeting
As individuals and as a community, we’ve experienced all kinds of distress and loss during this difficult
year of a pandemic. At the same time, there are ways we’ve learned, adjusted, and adapted that have been
Care and Counsel will facilitate an interactive Forum on April 18th so we can share beneficial ideas and
experiences from this past year as we prepare to transition forward. We look forward to you participating!
In preparation, please consider the following questions ahead of time. Then bring your thoughts to the
1) What have you learned from the experience of this pandemic year that has helped sustain or grow your
spirit as an individual and/or as a member of a community?
2) Have your personal or spiritual priorities changed in any way from this experience? If so, which of
these lessons would you like to carry forward and continue, including after the pandemic has resolved?
3) Which of these lessons would you like to see the meeting include as part of our communal life into the