Interfaith Hospitality Network: volunteers needed

Many thanks to those who have signed up already for our next week as hosts with Beth David Reform. There are still some slots that we need to fill for overnight stays with the families, helping to prepare a meal and eat with the families, and for clean up and laundry after our guests leave.

Dates: January 13-20

Sign up for a slot here.

Calendar and Birthdays


Saturday, January 5th:
                  10:00 am Epiphany Pageant Rehearsal and pizza

Sunday, January 6th:
10:00 am Epiphany Pageant Rehearsal
11:00 am Worship: Epiphany Pageant
1:30 pm The Art of Advent: Seven Centuries of Great Sacred Art at the                                                     Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tuesday, January 8th:
10:00 am: Bible Study


Jan 3:  Ethan Markman

Jan 9:  John Weisgerber

Jan 11:  Heather Brogan

Jan 16:  Barbara Holmes

Jan 28:  Carrie Kanzinger

The Art of Advent: Seven Centuries of Great Sacred Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Please join me in celebrating Epiphany with as we join friends from Overbrook Presbyterian at the Art Museum next Sunday (1/6/19) from 1:30 – 3:00 for “The Art of Advent: Seven Centuries of Great Sacred Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Join Peter Seidel, art teacher and Overbrook member, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (“Pay What You Wish” Sunday) to consider the reason for the season!
Please gather on the 2nd floor balcony of the Great Hall.

 Peter is a now-retired former Friends’ Central colleague of ours who does a wonderful job talking about art. I’ve had the privilege of learning from Peter at a few Barnes exhibits, where he has enriched all of us with his insights. Please email me at if you are interested in going on the 6th.


Interfaith Contemplative Practices 2018

We are thrilled to be offering our second series of Interfaith Contemplative Practices.
Register here for this free event open to all visitors and friends or visit our registration page.

This year we are offering two weeks with each tradition in order to allow a greater opportunity for dialogue about our practices. This will also give us the chance to practice what we have learned after the first week and to come back for reflection the second week.

Thursday evenings
Dinner 6:30
Program 7:00-8:00
For youth and adults

  • October 4 and 11: Muslim Prayers with Asheq Fazlullah
  • October 18 and 25: Jewish Sung Prayers with Hazzan Harold Messinger
  • November 8 and 15: Qigong with Dawn Weisbord
  • Nov 29 and Dec 6: Zen Buddhist Meditation with John Gruber

We will begin each evening with a simple vegetarian meal, in the practice of interfaith gatherings. If you are willing to volunteer to work on a team of dinner providers, please let Margaret know.

COALESCE: new series begins this week

Come Join us for COALESCE as we begin a three week unit on the
Beloved Community

Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the notion of the “Beloved Community.” King envisioned the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings.  As explained by The King Center, “Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth  of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it.  Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.” In Dr. Kings words: “The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.”


This three-week series will be followed by our next Community Breakfast on
December 9.

Zarukin Piano Duet in concert at GPC

We are so excited to have this talented duo in concert at GPC on November 18 at 4 pm. 

Zoya and Pavel Zarukin are professional pianists, performing as Zarukin Piano Duet. They both received their training in one of the most esteemed musical institutions of the world – the St. Petersburg Conservatory (St. Petersburg, Russia). Through the last twenty five years they’ve been presenting series of thematic recitals, giving lessons and master classes, premiering works by contemporary composers, recording CD albums, composing, transcribing and arranging, entertaining at all levels of joyous or somber occasions, corporate events and private gatherings.  At the present time Pavel Zarukin is teaching music at the Gateway School in Carteret, NJ; also he holds position of an music director/organist at both Beth David Reform Congregation and Gladwyne Presbyterian Church  while Zoya Zarukin teaches at her Piano Studio.


Interfaith Contemplative Practices: an evening with Hazzan Harold

Many have asked for some videos of the sung prayers from this week with Hazzan Harold Messinger from Beth Am Israel. It was an evening of deep beauty and peace.

We will have a break for a week before beginning our second half of the program by engaging in the practice of Qigong on November 8.