Newtown Quaker Meeting to Hear Founder of Friends House in Moscow

Julie Harlow, educator and a founder of Friends House in Moscow will make a zoom presentation at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, October 9, to the Newtown Quaker Meeting adult class on Court Street.

Julie Harlow began working toward the fulfillment of her vision of a Quaker presence in Russia immediately after the collapse of the USSR in 1991.  Active with the international governing board of Friends House Moscow since its inception, she will share the challenges, disappointments, and successes from its beginnings up to the current program.

Julie also speaks knowledgeably about current conditions in Russia based on research and personal experience traveling and leading tours to the USSR from 1984 through 1991.  

Friends House Moscow (FHM), a Quaker center in Russia, provides a Quaker presence and nurtures seekers throughout Russia, Ukraine and beyond; supports programs promoting peace, conflict resolution and justice; helps orphans, refugees, victims of domestic violence, disabled children, conscientious objectors to war, teachers of non-violence and translates Quaker materials into the Russian language.

Julie speaks with great empathy and knowledge about the general outlook of the Russian people, whose lives have been constricted by poverty, government corruption, and lawlessness, all of which have worsened dramatically since the fall of the Soviet Union. 

She also speaks with equal empathy about the outlook of contemporary Ukrainians, whose culture has been forcibly suppressed and “Russified” for years.

Newtown Friends Meeting co-founded by “Peaceable Kingdom” painter and Quaker minister, Edward Hicks, in 1815, is open to all who wish to attend. Regular First Day Education classes (Sunday School) for all ages begin at 9:45 a.m. and Meeting for Worship begins at 11 a.m.  Childcare is available.

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