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Develop your ability to follow leadings with the School of the Spirit

For several years, the School of the Spirit board has wrestled with our emerging sense of additional call – that God has more work for us, in addition to our baseline programs of On Being a Spiritual Nurturer and our growing calendar of Contemplative Retreats. We are now excited to announce Participating in God’s Power, a one-year program under the leadership of Angi York Crane and Christopher Sammond as its core teaching team.

Angi and Christopher will invite us even deeper into the question of what keeps us from following God’s leadings fully and courageously in ways that challenge and transform our lives. They model a resilient and thoughtful set of tools for exploring the places in which we let our own brokenness get in the way of a robust trust in the Inner Teacher.

Students and teachers will gather in weekend residencies over a twelve-month period. The new program is designed to take place primarily on holiday weekends, to enable working people to participate with a minimum of time-off. And it will alternate between Pennsylvania and New Hampshire locations in hopes of being more accessible to Friends from New England, Philadelphia, and Baltimore YMs, and beyond.

Many grads of the Spiritual Nurturer program who have settled into the contemplative rhythms of living (and nurturing others to live) as God’s beloved, may find this opportunity a compelling next step. If you are intrigued, please send your contact information to

The School of the Spirit is a ministry of prayer and learning from a Quaker perspective.

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Apply to Quaker UN Office summer school for young adults

The Quaker United Nations Summer School provides the opportunity for a group of 25 young adults, ages 20-26, to come together to learn more about Quaker work at the international level and to witness the United Nations in action, as part of a dynamic 12-day residential program. The program is grounded in QUNO Geneva’s work, with a focus on Peace, Disarmament, Human Rights, Migration, and Climate Change. Participants will be able to observe sessions within the United Nations, meet and hear from Civil Society leaders, and engage in facilitated dialogue with like-minded peers about the issues that are most pertinent for our global community today.

Would you or someone you know be interested? Applications are open until January 2, 2019. More information available here!

QUNO, the Quaker United Nations Office, is affiliated with the Friends World Committee for Consultation.


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2019 Representative Meeting scheduled

LEYM’s annual Representative Meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Ann Arbor Meeting. Meeting representatives to LEYM and members of LEYM committees should plan to attend.

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Online course on clerking available

Woodbrooke, the Quaker adult education school in England, is offering an online course on clerking that begins in November. You can check it out here:

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Apply to be a traveling minister with FWCC

If it interests you to be a traveling minister, FWCC is accepting applications until September 30, 2018. As well, FWCC welcomes requests for a visit from a member of the Traveling Ministry Corps.

Information on the Traveling Ministry Corps.

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Understanding & Healing White Supremacy eRetreat Oct 14-Nov 9, 2018

This eRetreat from Friends General Conference offers participants the opportunity to develop their understanding of what racism, white supremacy, and white privilege are, and how they are embedded in our society, Quaker meetings, and lives.

You will gain knowledge of historical and current realities of racial oppression in the United States while exploring Quaker faith and practice. The materials will provide grounding, tools, and fire for our work against racial injustice. You will explore how Spirit is calling you to action for racial justice while gaining tools for identifying and disrupting racism, white privilege, and white supremacy.

Offered October 14 – November 9, 2018 (four weeks, $35 pay-as-led participation fee).

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Silence & Light for Young Adult Friends eRetreat starts Sept. 16

The Silence & Light for Young Adult Friends eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the experience of Quaker worship and silent waiting, for an inward encounter with the Inner Teacher who leads, guides, and transforms us every day. This eRetreat is held under the care of the Adult Young Friends Program of the Friends General Conference Gathering. It is offered as an opportunity to bring together Quakers and seekers in the age range of 18-35ish for spiritual community and mutual support.

The content of the online materials and the weekly video calls reflect Quaker faith and practice, and all who self-identify as young adults and “Quaker-oriented” are welcome to participate, regardless of affiliation with a Quaker meeting or community.  All participants are encouraged to commit to the process of building an experimental spiritual community online.

The eRetreat runs from September 16 – November 9, 2018 (eight weeks, $35 pay-as-led participation fee)

For more information and to register, click here.

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Building culturally inclusive communities of faith

Emily Provance, a young Friend, has recently launched a new four-year ministry called Holy Experiments. She explains: “Holy Experiments is designed to support Friends with an aim toward following Spirit adventurously and building culturally inclusive communities of faith. This will happen in a variety of ways. One piece will be skill-building – looking at culture and structure methodically, with a lens to understanding and learning to perceive unintended effects. The second piece will be what I’m calling ‘along the way’ – affirming the spiritual conditions necessary in a faith community that’s doing hard things. A third element will be weekly queries, and a fourth will be concrete, specific experiments – things that Friends are encouraged to try, to see what happens, and then to keep or release, as led.

Friends are welcome to engage as able. You can step in, drop out, participate fully, be an observer…and that level of participation can change over time, day to day, week to week, whatever you can do. You can receive weekly emails and you can receive a weekly query by text message. Sign up for emails by clicking here or by texting HOLYEXPERIMENTS (all one word) to 84576.

There’s also a Facebook group for regular interaction with other Friends.

I want to come and speak with Friends in your area about this work; please invite me. This ministry is under the tender care of my support committee, which is itself under the care of my local meeting, which is Fifteenth Street Monthly Meeting in New York City.”

More information on Holy Experiments can be found here. You can also email Emily and request to receive occasional e-mails in which she shares her reflections and recent experiences traveling in the ministry.

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Retreat for School of the Spirit program participants

Contemplative-Silent Retreat
On Being a Spiritual Nurturer
The Way of Ministry

Have you participated in a School of the Spirit program? Do you desire a reconnection? Join us for a Spiritual Renewal Retreat, September 13-16 at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA (outside of Philadelphia). It has been 3 years since our last retreat and we have a lot to share with one another and an exciting format for helping us do that.

For more information and to register: We hope to see you there!

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Participate in the Quaker “School of the Spirit”

Do you feel a call to nurture and accompany people in their spiritual lives?
Are you wanting to deepen your spiritual life?
Are you interested in exploring your spiritual gifts?
If so, God may be calling you to the On Being a Spiritual Nurturer Program.

If you are thinking of participating, or you know someone who would be a perfect candidate, please visit our website The School of the Spirit will continue to consider applicants through July, or until the class is full.

If you’re at this summer’s FGC Gathering in Toledo, Ohio, July 1-7, consider stopping in to the School of the Spirit’s presentation on Monday afternoon, from 3:15-4:15. Of course we’ll hope to attract people who might be interested in the Spiritual Nurture Program. And it would be wonderful to have some of the graduates and others there to help us explain our varied experiences with the ministry.

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