Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28The Kendal System is independent and is not part of, nor sponsored by, any religious or other social institution. It was founded, and continues to grow, with intentional regard for the principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Central to Quaker thought is an insight of the Society’s founder, George Fox, who called upon Friends to recognize “that of God in every one.” Friends also use the terms “Inner Light” or “Inward Teacher” to describe a common spirit found in each person. Those from other traditions find alternative ways to express respect for every individual. Oliver Rodgers, a Kendal resident, put it this way, “Kendal is a place where you expect to meet the best in every person.” Early Friends’ respect for the individual led them to engage actively in bettering society through the establishment of educational institutions and the pursuit of a variety of social causes. In this same spirit, the Kendal System reaches out to older adults, to enhance well being, to promote understanding, and to meet emerging needs. Some basic Quaker principles that guide Kendal’s work: The principle of equality rests on the concept of inclusiveness, and hence each person is to be equally valued and equally treated. The principle of peace opposes violence in all its forms—physical, emotional, or verbal. The principle of simplicity seeks clarity of purpose, dedication to living modestly, doing useful work, avoiding material excess, and making appropriate use of resources, whether human, material, or environmental. The principle of integrity calls for honesty, personal wholeness, and living in harmony with the truth. The principle of community recognizes that lives are enhanced by sharing with and caring for those around us. QUAKER ROOTS For those who would like to know more about Quaker history and thought: http://www.pym.org/publish/fnp/ http://www.pendlehill.org/ http://www.fgcquaker.org/library/welcome/ 23