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Vision, Mission, and History

Pendle Hill Beginnings

Historical photograph of Main HousePendle Hill was established in 1930 as a Quaker study center designed to prepare its adult students for service both in the Religious Society of Friends and in the world. The founders envisioned a new Quaker School of Social and Religious Education which would be "a vital center of spiritual culture" and "a place for training leaders." [Rufus Jones, Preliminary Announcement, 1929] An ideal location for the new school was found in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, a dozen miles from Philadelphia, easy to reach by train and near Swarthmore College.

Pendle Hill was meant to be different from existing Quaker schools or colleges, which were mainly academic. Its mission was both educational and religious: Pendle Hill was to be a school, rooted in Quaker community life, where students and staff would live according to Quaker principles and practices and where learning would be experiential as well as intellectual.

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Values Statement

Pendle Hill Values Statement

Approved by the Pendle Hill Board October 2012

Quaker Values: Pendle Hill strives to embody the historic testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends. Central to the vision of the Pendle Hill community and the influence that it seeks to exert in the larger world are: peace, truth-speaking and integrity, equality, simplicity, and reaching out to that of God in every one. Further, Pendle Hill seeks to uphold the following:

  • Education: Learning at Pendle Hill is both experiential and intellectual, rooted in the principles of The Religious Society of Friends. Such learning includes dialogue, personal study and contemplation, collaborative exploration, openness to divine leadings, and interaction with the natural environment.
  • Sustainability: Pendle Hill seeks to be a living, nourishing model of sustainability in a spiritual community. We work to experience and support a way of living that is environmentally, socially, and fiscally sustainable.
  • Social Action and Justice: At Pendle Hill we commit to being a living testimony to a social order that manifests God's love for everyone. We work to be inclusive, respectful, and supportive of all people. We strive courageously for peace and justice.

Vision and Mission

To create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives.
    Vision statement adopted by the Pendle Hill Board on July 2012

Pendle Hill is a Quaker center welcoming all for Spirit-led learning, retreat, and community.
    Mission statement adopted by the Pendle Hill Board July 2012

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