The high school class teachers this year are Vilmos Misangyi, Margy Frysinger and Denise DeGeorge. This class is almost entirely discussion based, with lots of time for the students to share their ideas and think out loud about some of the often weighty topics that are discussed. While the teachers do develop the topics and guide the discussion, it really is a time for the students to explore–intellectually, emotionally, spiritually– and new topics will often arise organically. The class also tries to see issues through a Quaker lens to try to understand, “What is a Quakerly response to this problem?” How can I think about this problem from the standpoint of the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship? Some of the topics discussed this year have been:
What is the difference between religion and spirituality?
What is a community?
Hate groups-what kind of community are they and how do we handle them as Quakers?
This class also developed a survey that they gave to the Meeting regarding the different testimonies and how they feel about them. The class is in process of compiling results and preparing to share with the rest of the Meeting.
One Sunday a month, together with the middle school class, we meet at Foxdale Village, the local Quaker retirement community, and spend time with the residents there, playing games and socializing.