Quaker Pendle Hill Pamphlets Collection
Pendle Hill is a retreat center near Philadelphia that was founded in 1930 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The center, open to people of all faiths, seeks to apply the various tenets of the Religious Society of Friends to education in “preparation for usefulness in the field of religion and social action”. Since 1934 Pendle Hill has published a series of pamphlets on topics of special interest to their guests. A typical pamphlet has certain characteristics which “make it an apt vehicle for experimental thought”. It should be the right length to be read easily at a single sitting. It should portray a single thesis without wandering from it. It must be concerned with a topic of contemporary (though not necessarily topical) importance. And a Quaker pamphlet must embody a concern.
More than 300 pamphlets have been issued since Vincent Nicholson?s Cooperation and Coercion as Methods of Social Change began the series. Some of these pamphlets have been written by persons who have lived and worked at Pendle Hill as students and staff or who have attended conferences or visited as sojourners. Others come from a wider community of seekers. Many of these pamphlets had gone out of print, but now volunteers from Pendle Hill have begun making them available online as pdfs. The Pendle Hill Pamphlets collection covers a broad range of topics including nonviolence, pacifism, different forms of power, building community and more.