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We believe that each and every person has an Inner Light.
Meeting for Worship, moments of silent reflection, and service to the community provide our students opportunities to cultivate their Light as well as connect to the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality. We show each of our students the meaning of these values and how living them can positively impact the way we walk over the earth.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are people from different religious traditions treated at Greene Street Friends School?
Quakers have a long history of respecting different religious traditions. At Greene Street, students are encouraged to learn about the variety of practices reflected in our diverse community through guest speakers on multiculturalism, as well as classroom activities. For example, they may fry latkes in class for Hanukkah, read a story about a shepherd for Christmas, and learn a song about Ramadan in music. Parents who would like to come into class and share an aspect of their own faith tradition are welcome.
How is Quakerism taught at GSFS?
In addition to Meeting for Worship, students are exposed to Quaker practices and the values of peace, equality, and simplicity. For example, starting in Pre-K, children learn to resolve disputes with each other peacefully by speaking their own truths and listening to each other. They learn the Quaker tradition of service through events like our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. In the third grade and fourth grades, they have units on Quaker history, though this explicit instruction on Quakerism is less central than the fact that we strive to treat all children and adults with respect based on the Quaker belief that "There is that of God in every person."