Professor Annemarie Hindman: “Who are the Newtown Quakers?” — March 7th

Temple Professor and Newtown Quaker Meeting member, Annemarie Hindman will discuss “Who are the Newtown Quakers and What do They Think?” at the Newtown Meeting Adult Class at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, at the historic Quaker Meetinghouse, 219 Court Street Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends will follow at 11 a.m. The public is invited.

Annemarie Hindman will share the results of an extensive survey of all members of the Newtown Quaker Meeting community conducted in the past three months.  The survey is comparable to ones conducted in 2001 and 2010 by Newtown Quakers to ascertain backgrounds, vocations, and preferences to help the Meeting “with no paid staff and all volunteer workers” to be well informed regarding the needs and interests of the members of its community. 

Hindman said, “Results of this survey offer insights into the demographic characteristics of our Friends, the features of the Meeting that we each value, and the diversity of our spiritual viewpoints.”

Previous surveys and “Spiritual Journeys” given at adult classes have revealed Newtown Quaker Meeting has a rich variety of people from different religious backgrounds, people born in other countries such as Russia, England, Scotland, China, El Salvador, and Hungary and with a wide range of professions, including software engineers, coffee farm owner, media entrepreneur, industrial mall owners, lawyers, financial managers, doctors, solar power engineer, professors, teachers, psychologists, social workers and others.   

Hindman added, “Surveys of this nature also help us learn more about each other, what skills people have, and how we can better serve the interests of our Meeting, the Newtown community and the wider Quaker community in Bucks County and greater Philadelphia.”

Dr. Hindman is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Early Childhood Education at Temple University.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University and a master’s degree in developmental psychology and a Ph.D. in education and psychology from the University of Michigan.  She lives in Yardley with her husband, Russ, their daughter, Meredith, and rescue dog, Chewbacca.

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