Deborah B. Ramsey interview

Quaker author Deborah B. Ramsey’s “Dream Protectors” appears in the December 2023 issue of Friends Journal.

Deborah Ramsey discusses stewarding dreams in an interview with Martin Kelley for Friends Journal. As the director of a nonprofit serving underprivileged youth, she believes adults should protect children’s dreams by honoring their aspirations. Ramsey shares an experience where she comforted a concerned father by reminding him that his son had wanted to be a police officer since age three. She emphasizes the importance of speaking to children and each other out of love rather than fear. The interview also touches on unexpected opportunities for ministry that can arise from casual conversations with strangers. Ramsey advocates for guardianship of dreams through compassionate relationships and supporting young people’s visions for the future.

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She appeared in a 2021 QuakerSpeak video, Serving Outside the Quaker Community.

Deborah B. Ramsey is executive director of Unified Efforts, a nonprofit that serves underprivileged school-age children in West Baltimore‚Äôs Penn-North community. She is also an Open Society Institute Fellow, a Greater Baltimore Committee Community Impact winner, and a part of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership speaker’s bureau. She is a member of Stony Run Meeting in Baltimore, Md.

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