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Newtown Meeting gives students “Faith and Practice” books



Newtown Quaker Meeting eighth graders, from left are: William Buxton, Lucia Wetherill and Arianna Mancuso. Absent are: Peyton Cagle, Nicky Lynch and Chelsea Allen.

Six Newtown Quaker Meeting eighth graders have been given a copy of “Faith and Practice,” the Quaker guide to beliefs and conduct published by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

The historic Meeting at 219 Court St. traditionally gives a copy of the book, published by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), to each graduating eighth grader. PYM is the coordinating body of 11,000 Quakers in 103 local Quaker meetings in the Greater Philadelphia Tri-State Area.

The six eighth graders who received their copies of Faith and Practice this year, and the high school each plans to attend next fall, are: William Buxton of Newtown (George School), Peyton Cagle of Newtown (Council Rock North H.S.), Nicky Lynch of Newtown (Solebury School), Arianna Mancuso of Princeton Junction, N.J. (West Windsor-Plainsboro H.S.), Lucia Wetherill of Langhorne (Lawrenceville School), and Chelsea Allen of Penndel (Neshaminy H.S.)

The presentation of the copies of “Faith and Practice” is part of a process in the Quaker Meeting of recognizing young people and their contributions to the Meeting.

Also acknowledged during the year are newborn babies at Easter with gifts of potted flowers, fourth graders at Easter with their own Bibles, sixth graders in the spring with a mentor each selects from among the adults in meeting, 21-year-olds at Christmas during “Quaker Homecoming,” with a gift of a reproduction of “The Peaceable Kingdom” painting by Edward Hicks, and adult young Friends being invited to speak to the Adult Class about their work, experiences and/or spiritual journeys.

Faith and Practice is considered a “guide,” since Quakers have no creed or rigid rules which one must follow but rather depend on each individual to find the Divine and the truth for herself or himself as “way opens” or as new truth is ascertained in one’s spiritual journey.

Meeting for Worship begins at 10 a.m. Childcare is provided for all events. Visit newtownfriendsmeeting.org.

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