Quakers are interesting people, and they see things differently – because they are often looking for a sense of faith and connection in the smallest things. So when we came across the Twitter feed of Abington Friend, George Eastburn, we noticed the Quaker eye, and we also appreciated his voice.
A Purely Quaker Twitter Feed
George recently lost his battle with cancer of the jaw, but he kept tweeting right up to his final weeks. It was at this point hard for him to communicate verbally, but his optimism, observative nature, and wry humor runs right across the Twitter platform. You can almost feel him talking to you right now. His son & friends have kept his Twitter feed going.
His tweets were photos paired with a few words or phrases which reflected his Quaker faith and values through lived experiences.
They touched the people he encountered as he lived, and today, without him, the twitter feed serves as a witness to the heart and mind of a man who had impact, and ideas, but spent the last months of his life unable to converse.
Through all the hard times, he was an optimist, a source of wisdom, and an exemplar of both strength and caring. A longtime teacher and administrator for children with special needs, these experiences shaped his unique perspective on life, along with the Inner Light of his Quaker faith and heritage.
He served in the Teacher Corps, taught at the Albert M. Greenfield and Widener Memorial Schools, and endured as a guiding presence at The William Penn Charter School, where he inspired many.
A longtime board member at the William Penn Charter School (PC), George clerked the PC religious life committee and spearheaded the creation of the annual Friends School gathering of school’s religious life committees now under the stewardship of PYM’s Committee on Friends Education and the Friends Council on Education.