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Wharton School Fellow set to address Newtown Meeting



MARYBETH SNYDER

Marybeth Snyder, a member of Newtown Quaker Meeting, a business woman and an entrepreneur, will share her spiritual journey at the Newtown Meeting Adult Class at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the historic Quaker Meetinghouse, 219 Court St.

Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends will follow at 11 a.m. The public is invited.

Snyder is principal of Superior Benefit Plans, an employee benefits insurance broker and consultant. Her talk is titled “Business as Crucible of Faith.”

“My spiritual journey and my work in the world are indistinguishable to me: one informs the other as I grow closer to God and to my fellow people in community,” she said.

“My work had always been an important source of my identity, and hard work is what I was raised on.

Increasingly, though, I felt that making money was not the sole purpose of work, and wanted my work to count for something more.

“A deeply spiritual person, but without a formal religion, I began reading about vocation, a calling to work on a deeper level than just having a job.”

Snyder says she began to read about business people who embodied the ideals that she sought and was drawn to the legend of Quaker business people.

Quakers have been known throughout their 360-year history for bringing to their business practices the Friend’s testimonies of Integrity, Truth and Equality.

As a result, Quaker business people became known as trustworthy and often prospered, enabling them to contribute to the world not only through their businesses but also in the treatment of their employees and philanthropy.

A graduate of St. Francis College, Snyder is a Fellow of the Wharton School’s International Society of Employee Benefits Specialists.

For information, visit Newtown Friends Meeting at newtownfriendsmeeting.org.

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