Dear AFS Community,

The Trayvon Martin case, from the senseless death of an innocent young man to the news of the trial verdict this weekend, has been deeply affecting and troubling to many in our community. In a nation of such high ideals for human dignity and human rights, the reality of deep divisions, suspicion of "others", gun violence and disparities in safety and opportunity challenge us all.

As a community committed to active peace-making, a time like this calls us to connection and reflection. We can strengthen each other in developing deeper understanding, compassion and appropriate action by coming together at a trying time. 

In that spirit, I am writing to invite all to a called Meeting for Worship this Tuesday evening at 7 pm for those who would welcome the opportunity to reflect in community. We have a great gift in our Friends traditions of silence and rootedness in spirit. While some may be away or unable to attend, may we all hold our country and its ideals in the light hopeful for our collective ability to make positive change in the world.

Best to you,

Rich Nourie
Head of School
Abington Friends School

Abington Friends School
575 Washington Lane
Jenkintown, PA 19046