FRIENDS SEMINARY'S 18th ANNUAL CELEBRATION
LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK
During Peace Week 2022, the Friends Seminary community is dedicating time for individual and group reflection on the testimonies and the Quaker core values integral to our mission. Our society is experiencing several crises—racial reckoning, inequitable access to services, and the looming catastrophe of climate change—each of which has been amplified during the COVID pandemic, we will come together to share and testify to that which we hold dear: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Let our lives speak these testimonies and in so doing spread light wherever we encounter darkness.
MONDAY, FEB 7
WEDNESDAY, FEB 9
TUESDAY, FEB 8
Upper School Advisory: SPICES Peer-to-Peer Interviews
Middle School Peace Week Meeting for Worship
US & MS Screening of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin with Black Culture Club
Lower School Peace Week Meeting for Worship
Middle School Advisory: SPICES Peer-to-Peer Interviews
Upper School Assembly: Speaker Dr. Simran Jeet Singh,
Lower School Community Period Read-Aloud with Dr. Simran Jeet Singh
THURSDAY, FEB 10
FRIDAY, FEB 11
US Peace Week Meeting for Worship
How are the Friends’ testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship reflected in the life of the School? Where might we need to recommit ourselves as a collective body?
How might a recommitment to the testimonies be transformative in your life as an individual, as well as those around you?
As we look outward, how might our practice of these testimonies as a School community combat the polarization so prevalent in the world at large? What light might we shine?
Testimony is critical to the Quaker tradition as it is the practice side of “Faith and Practice”. Friends have always had a commitment to “faith in action”—a living out and being witness to what one believes. Those beliefs and values come out of Quaker worship. By sitting in silence, clearing their heads from the thoughts of the ego and daily worries, Quakers wait for messages to come from the Inner Light. They focus on the reality of their daily lives, their neighbors, their community and nation; making their minds receptive to the message from “that of God” within. From this form of worship, early Quakers devised the testimonies to guide them in living rightly with the world.
Quakers believe in simple living, as outward things in life can interfere with our inward spiritual lives. Historically, simple living has meant simple dress, plain speech, respect for all, not deferring to people some may think are superior, and unadorned places of worship. Today, Quakers live simply by carefully choosing possessions and activities, in order that we can care for ourselves and be present to one another. Quakers also strive to live simply by speaking plainly to the heart of an issue. Quakers try to avoid distortion and exaggeration, with the understanding this allows one to be fully present with others.