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About Laura Rediehs

I teach philosophy and peace studies at St. Lawrence University, and play flutes.

QLHE: In Search of Integrity

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presented:

In Search of Integrity
Across the Higher Education Landscape

What has worked in helping you navigate situations where you could easily fall short of full integrity?

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Emma Jones Lapsansky
Emeritus Professor of History and
Curator of the Quaker Collection  
Haverford College

David R. Ross
Research Professor
Department of Economics
Bryn Mawr College

Emma Jones Lapsansky is Emeritus Professor of History and Curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College, near Philadelphia, PA, where she continues to teach and to consult with students and with scholars who visit Haverford’s Quaker Collections.

After a one-year break in her undergraduate education to work in the Mississippi civil rights movement with the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches, she received her BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate in American Civilization from the same institution. Her research interests and publications include Quaker history, African-American history and especially the intersection between the two, as well as Pennsylvania history, the American West, and various aspects of American social and material-culture history.

With Gary Nash and Clayborne Carson, Lapsansky has authored Struggle for Freedom, a college text on African American History, the third edition of which appeared in 2018. She is also a co-author on the Pearson Education high-school American History text, and was a member of the team that recently revised the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum (APUSH) 2009.
Lapsansky frequently consults to museums and to pre-collegiate curriculum developers on enriching and enlivening public history and classroom history presentations, as well as to authors seeking editorial and/or research advice. See has been an invited lecturer at Earlham College, Guilford College, and George Fox College, Villanova University, and University of Pennsylvania, among others, as well as at a number of Quaker colleges, Meetings, and study centers. She is currently at work on two projects: a history of a Bryn Mawr Quaker family; and a study of a mid-twentieth-century Philadelphia multi-cultural intentional community.

Having been an active member of the governing board of the Organization of American Historians, a Board member of the Library Company of Philadelphia, and an Advisory Board member of the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, Friends’ Central School, the American Friends Service Committee, and Friends Journal, she currently teaches Quaker History and First-Year Writing at Haverford College, and continues to publish and lecture widely on various history topics.

A member of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting, in Lansdowne PA, she is the parent of three Friends’ schools’ graduates, and she now serves on the oversight committee of the Lansdowne Friends School, as well as on the oversight editorial committee for Pendle Hill Pamphlets, and the governing board of Friends’ Historical Association.

Here is the video and further information about this event.

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Stony Run Friends Meeting Job Opportunity

Stony Run Friends Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, is hiring an Operations Coordinator.

The Operations Coordinator will support the work of Stony Run’s volunteer committees and working groups and help connect us to the wider, diverse Baltimore community.   The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills. They will bring technical, non-profit financial, and organizational skills to creatively communicate and distribute Meeting news, publicize events, track membership, record donations and expenditures with the Meeting’s bookkeeper, update the website, and maintain historical documents.   

The Operations Coordinator will collaborate with the Facilitator to support our social justice efforts, to diversify and grow the Meeting, to expand religious education for all age groups particulary young families, and to help our community welcome people newly interested in Quakerism and Stony Run. 

The Operations Coordinator position is full-time, exempt (37.5 hours per week), which may include   evenings, and weekends. The proposed salary range is $54,000 -$58,000 annually.  The Operations Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Committee for Support and Supervision.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Interpersonal skills: Emphathetic problem solver. Ability to convey information clearly and accurately.
  • Technical skills: Tech-savy using Microsoft and social media for marketing and promotion.
  • Organizational skills: Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Keen eye for detail.
  • Familiarity with the Religious Society of Friends and the Quaker process a plus.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital, or veteran status.

Click HERE for the full job description. Or visit our website at: Select About Stony Run, and scroll down for the description.

For more information about the position and to apply please visit (link) and apply before April 30, 2022. Promising candidates will be invited for an interview. All applicants will be notified of our decision by May 31.

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New Pendle Hill Job Openings

Pendle Hill Seeking Additional Kitchen and Fundraising Roles

Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center that offers programs to people of all faiths and backgrounds, is expanding its staff! It has several job opportunities available for those interested in joining a multi-faceted, community-centered, organization in which staff collaborate to fulfill its vision of creating peace with justice in the world by transforming lives. Most recently, the following openings have been published:

Annual Fund Coordinator – this role works with the Advancement Director to plan and implement a comprehensive fundraising program for Pendle Hill and is dually responsible for preparation of mail appeals and oversight of the development database, The Raiser’s Edge.

Cook – this role shares in the responsibility for planning and cooking three meals a day, year-round, for buffet-style meal service that varies in size from approximately 10 to 120 persons. Meals are prepared from scratch using raw ingredients often sourced from Pendle Hill’s organic garden or nearby farms.

For more information about all of these positions and working at Pendle Hill, please visit the full job postings, linked above, or the Employment page of the Pendle Hill website.

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Pendle Hill Job Openings

Pendle Hill Seeks Director and Guest Services Roles

Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center that offers programs to people of all faiths and backgrounds, has several job openings available: Director of Advancement, Director of Finance, Director of Operations, Guest Services Manager, Guest Services Associate, and Housekeeping Associate:

Director of Advancement – This role embodies an appreciation for the Pendle Hill community, fostering relationships and ongoing engagement with its close-in and broader constituencies and crafting short and long-term fundraising strategy to strengthen philanthropic support for Pendle Hill.

Director of Finance – This role serves as the primary source of financial information across the organization, working with the executive director to keep all those with financial responsibilities – from the board to staff members with responsibility over individual budget lines – on the same page.

Director of Operations – This role provides leadership in all areas of Guest Services including Dining Services, Conference Sales, Hospitality, and Housekeeping on a campus of 13 buildings with a guest/resident population that may be as few as ten or as many as 100.

Guest Services Manager – This role actively and efficiently manages the hospitality and registration services for Pendle Hill programs and events in a way that reflects the Pendle Hill mission and commitment to “radical hospitality.”

Guest Services Associate – This role provides event and group support under the direction of the Guest Services Manager, providing excellent customer service to a variety of adult spiritual seekers, students, families, and groups on campus.

Housekeeping Associate – This role provides a welcoming, clean, and safe environment for all scholars, guests and staff at Pendle Hill, in keeping within our mission, vision, and values, as well as our commitment to radical hospitality. Full-time and Part-time roles available!

For more information about all of these positions and working at Pendle Hill, please visit the full job postings, linked above, or the Employment page of the Pendle Hill website.

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QLHE: Universal Design in the Classroom

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presents:

Universal Design in the Classroom: Inclusivity and Hospitality

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
7:30-9 pm, eastern

To register:

Zoe Arditi
Research Coordinator
Mount Sinai Hospital
Haverford College Class of 2020

Jane Dryden
Professor of Philosophy
Mount Allison University

Jharna Jahnavi
First-year Medical Student
Larner College of Medicine
University of Vermont
Haverford College Class of 2019

Ada Jaarsma,
Professor of Philosophy
Mount Royal University

Zoe Arditi, Research Coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. Haverford College Class of ’20 alumni interested in the practice and accessibility of medicine.

Jane Dryden is a philosophy professor at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, where she teaches courses on history of philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy of disability, aesthetics, and biomedical ethics.

Jharna Jahnavi (she/her) is a first-year medical student at Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. She was a Haverford College class of 2019 Biology major and is interested in accessibility for marginalized students in STEM, higher education, and medicine.

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QLHE: Supporting Vocation

Supporting Vocation: Helping Students Navigate a Neoliberal Culture
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Jen and Greg have been developing a vocational discernment curriculum for college students and young adults rooted in Quaker practices for Quakers and non-Quakers alike. In this presentation, they shared key concepts and practical tools and activities from that work, which can help students engage their own inner teacher and values, and continue to grapple with questions of vocation in a changing world.

Their work is being supported by the Forum for Theological Exploration and the Lyman Fund.


Jennifer Higgins-Newman
Program Director
Beacon Hill Friends House
Master of Theological Studies
Vanderbilt Divinity School

Greg Woods
Program Consultant
Beacon Hill Friends House
Master of Divinity
Princeton Theological Seminary

Walter Hjelt Sullivan
Director of Quaker Affairs
Haverford College

Here is the flyer for the event:

And here are links to the presentation and other materials about this event.

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AFSC: Emerging Leaders for Liberation

Are you interested in building social justice in communities?

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is proud to announce the launch of the Emerging Leaders for Liberation. This program is open to young adults looking to deepen their social justice and leadership skills.

Here is a flyer:

Here are details:

And here are Frequently Asked Questions:

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CfP: Quakers and Encounters

The 2022 annual conference of the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies (CRQS) and the Quaker Studies Research Association (QSRA) is exploring the theme of Quakers and Encounters in a series of five short online sessions spread across the year.

The online events will be held on 7 April, 12 May, 9 June, 8 September, and 13 October 2022.

The deadline for proposals (200 words) is 21 February 2022.

Click on the link below for more information:

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The Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival

We sometimes post about upcoming events of potential interest to our members. One such upcoming event is The Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival.

From the website:

We are thrilled to announce the Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival, a first-of-its-kind film festival that endeavors to educate all about the importance of Quakers of Color who for too long have remained within the margins of the Society of Friends and the wider world. From 12 February 2022, during Black History Month, until Paul Robeson’s birthday on 9 April 2022 we will screen a film centered on a Quaker of Color with an introduction from a guest expert and a follow up discussion facilitated by BQP Director Dr. Harold D. (Hal) Weaver. Screenings will take place every other Saturday on Zoom at 1pm ET.  

For more information and a registration link:

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Klamath Falls Friends Church Seeks Pastor

Klamath Falls Friends Church, an open and affirming semi-programmed Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers), in beautiful southern Oregon, is currently seeking a part- to full-time interim pastor to guide us along our journey. KFFC is a Christ-centered and seeker-friendly Meeting. We are a small but diverse group, with a wide array of spiritual paths. Our desired pastor will be able to hold that diversity, plan and present messages/meditations to guide our Meetings for Worship, be available for pastoral care, and provide the structure and guidance necessary to help us discern our long-term way forward.

Please send your resume, NLT January 31, 2022, to: KFFC Pastor Search Committee,

For more information about us please visit:

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