Pendle Hill Quaker Center for Study and Contemplation

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The Barn on the Pendle Hill campus

Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, retreat and conference center located on a 23-acre (93,000 m2) campus in suburban Wallingford, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. It was named for the hill in Lancashire, England, that the first Quaker preacher described as the site of his calling to ministry.[1] Founded in 1930, Pendle Hill offers programs open to people of all faiths. These programs include online/residential study programs, short-term courses and retreats, conference services, publications, leadership training, and a walk-in bookstore. The online/residential study program includes a curriculum of worship, work, study, and service where people typically enrol for four weeks of online study and four weeks of residential study. Short-term courses of two to seven days are offered throughout the year on themes including introductory Quakerism, nonviolent change, sustainable living, arts and spirituality, and bodywork.

The campus includes lawns, buildings, worship spaces, a large organic garden, and a walking path lined with trees.

For many years Pendle Hill has offered public lecture series. In response to the terrorism of September 11, 2001, Pendle Hill had a series of lectures and workshops concerning peacemaking. Recent series have focused on nurturing individual and corporate spiritual life.


Pendle Hill also serves as a publishing house, and one of its most visible programs is its pamphlet series, which produces six pamphlets a year. Recent topics have included spiritual nurture, Quaker practice, and pacifism. As of April 2015 there have been 433 such pamphlets, and many are classics in Quaker spirituality. The Pendle Hill Bookstore (now operated by QuakerBooks of Friends General Conference) is a useful resource for Friends looking for Quaker resources perhaps not easily found in their local community.


Henry Hodgkin

[Incomplete list]

  • Henry Theodore Hodgkin (1877-1933).[2] Director 1928-1933.[3]
  • John Hughes
  • Howard Brinton
  • Richard Gregg
  • Anna & Howard Brinton
  • Dan Wilson 1952-1970
  • Robert Scholz / Colin Bell 1971-74
  • Edwin Sanders 1974-1981
  • Robert Lyon 1981-86
  • Margery Walker, 1986-1991
  • Daniel Seeger, 1991-2000
  • Steve Baumgartner 2000-2005
  • Ken and Katharine Jacobsen 2005-2007
  • Lauri Perman, Director from May 2007.[4]
  • Jennifer Karsten, Director, November 18, 2011 [5]


  1. ^ Pendle Hill Beginnings Archived 2009-01-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Henry Hodgkin, the road to Pendle Hill by Ormerod Greenwood (1980), Pendle Hill Publications] (Wallingford, Pennsylvania) Pendle Hill pamphlet No.229 ISBN 0-87574-229-7
  3. ^ Inventory of Pendle Hill records at Swarthmore College- Historical background
  4. ^ Lauri Perman - biographical note, 2004, prior to her service at Pendle Hill, and Pendle Hill News item - Perman appointment
  5. ^ Lauri Perman released on Disability Leave; Jennifer Karsten named Interim Executive Director

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