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APRIL 2013: CONFLICT & ELDERINGHow do we constructively engage with one another? How do we keep differences from becoming politicized? What conflict resolution tools do we have (e.g., gospel order, alternatives to violence, threshing sessions). How do we deal with bullies? What roles do elders play in our communities? Who can be an elder?
Nine dynamics that challenge our worship communities.
A member of Chatham-Summit (N.J.) Meeting and former clerk of New York Yearly Meeting, Heather M. Cook's work as a certified professional life coach beautifully marries her faith and gifts to support others in transforming their lives. She loves learning from her children, birding, and being with her beloved.Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Features
Crisis or Invitation?
Peter Phillips is a member of Cornwall (N.Y.) Meeting and serves as the clerk of New York Yearly Meeting's Committee on Conflict Transformation. The other members of the committee are Heather M. Cook, Nathaniel Corwin, Jack Cuffari, Robert Martin, Judy Meikle, and Larry White. The committee can be contacted through Peter Phillips at [email protected]Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Features
Managing conflicts in the absence of shared beliefs.
Benjamin Lloyd is a professional actor and teaches theater at Penn State Brandywine campus. He founded White Pines Productions in 2009, "dedicated to creating a place where community members and artists come together to make new work in the performing arts." He is a member of Abington (Pa.) Meeting.Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Features
I have a concern about the lack of spirit‐led eldering among contemporary Friends. Historically, Quaker elders encouraged the gifts of […]
Greg Woods, a lifelong Friend, is a member of Columbia (Mo.) Meeting. Greg has served Friends in multiple ways. Currently he serves on the board of Quaker Voluntary Service, and he studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. He blogs at reflectionsbygreg.blogspot.com.Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Features
As modern Quakers, we take great pride in our distinctive traditions, procedures, and culture. This is one of the main […]
Micah Bales is a founding member of Capitol Hill Friends in Washington, D.C. He serves as web and communications specialist for Friends United Meeting, and as a development associate for Ramallah Friends School. He blogs regularly at www.lambswar.com.Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Features
Introduction It’s no secret that Friends have issues with authority. From the beginning, Friends have turned to the “Inward Guide” […]
Friends Journal periodically republishes selections from his fifty-plus year archives.Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Features
In the Christian tradition there is a persistent notion that sex is shameful, or at best a necessary evil. This […]
William H. Mueller taught biological and behavioral sciences at University of Texas School of Public Health. His writing can be found in several Quaker periodicals. He and his wife Pat edit a prison ministry newsletter, "Inlook-Outlook," and are members of St. Lawrence Valley Meeting in Potsdam, N.Y.Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Features
When I retired from being an attorney, I wanted to start a new life of service. I first became interested […]
S. Jean Smith is a member of Kaimosi Meeting. She is the founder of the Kuwesa Project, which is based in Kaimosi, Kenya, where she lives.Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Lives of Friends
I was part of a delegation to Pakistan in October 2012 to address the issue of United States drone warfare. […]
Joan Nicholson was part of a delegation to Pakistan in October 2012 sponsored by Code Pink and the Foundation for Fundamental Rights. The 32 delegates included one other Quaker participants. She went with funds from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and contributions from Friends.Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Witness
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