QuakerSpeak, October 2020

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Have you seen the one featuring pastoral ministry professor Derek Brown? Expanding on his article in our August issue, Derek talks about how the Quaker pastoral role developed and why it’s meaningful to Friends today.

“The role of pastoring is a controversial topic for some . . . I would argue that pastoring itself, or the role of the pastor, is not contrary to the ethos of Quakerism because it was not the pastor itself that George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, and the early Quakers were rebelling against; it’s what the system represented.”

—Derek Brown, member of Haviland (Kans.) Friends Church and vice president for graduate studies at Barclay College

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