Friends Center is a beautiful building in downtown Philadelphia that is a “hub for Quaker activity in Philadelphia and around the world. The Friends Center campus houses an active Quaker meeting; local, regional, and international Quaker organizations; and like-minded groups working for peace and justice.
Friends Center was recently featured in the Chilean TV program City Tour on Tour. Architecture professor Federico Sánchez visits cities in Chile and across the world to seek out outstanding local architecture. A recent program on Philadelphia, Pa., included a visit to the worship room of the Race Street Quaker Meetinghouse at Friends Center. He also interviewed Robin Mohr, executive secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas. The episode is available on YouTube as “Capítulo 8 | City Tour on Tour Estados Unidos.”
In November, two former managers of the Philadelphia Phillies professional baseball team—Charlie Manuel and Larry Bowa—joined more than 200 others for Covenant House Pennsylvania’s latest overnight sleepout in Friends Center’s courtyard. This event raised more than $500,000 for the Covenant House’s services for homeless youth and received significant local media attention. The sleepout events are designed to raise funds and awareness among participants of the challenges faced by people with no home, especially teens and young adults.