In the 1930s, Friends Meetings began in Oberlin. The earliest evidence of Quaker activity in Oberlin can be traced to Dan and Dorthy Kinsey, and their organizing of meetings near campus. From the 1950s, records exist of letters written to President Truman and to Richard Nizon; the Meeting has an ongoing history of actively protesting executions, nuclear weapons, biological warfare, discrimination in housing, the Vietnam and the Gulf Wars. In the 1960s, as the nation was embroiled in social turmoil, the Meeting gave support to Oberlin college students protesting the military action in Vietnam. In subsequent decades, the size of meetings decreased, but through the commitment of several individuals, Oberlin Friends pressed on. In 1993, meetings were revitalized by the arrival of Kendel at Oberlin, a retirement community. This intergenerational Oberlin Friends Meetings tries to meet the spiritual needs of the students on campus who feel drawn to the Quaker way of life and worship. Meetings are one campus and at Kendel.
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