Releasing Ministry Alliance Opps

Releasing Ministry Alliance Opps
Releasing Ministry Alliance Opps are opportunities to gather for the purpose of exploring a topic pertinent to ministry, eldering, and faith communities. Typically, sessions will be:

  • one hour in length,

  • include an introduction by one or more people with experience of the topic,  

  • offer time for questions and answers and further discussion, and

  • afford a means to share related information and build a collection of resources.

Friends are invited to participate in any or all of these complimentary sessions, using Zoom, a video conference application which, also, allows telephone connections. If you’re unfamiliar with Zoom, you can find more about it here:

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​A recording of each call will be posted on this page within a few days following each call. 

Future Opps

“Holy Abundance”
September 26, 2019 8-9 pm Eastern time

New England Yearly Meeting’s Legacy Gift Funds, overseen by the Legacy Gift Committee, has been supporting ministries through funding and the strengthening Friends practices of stewardship and accountability since 2015. Suzanna Schell (Beacon Hill Monthly Meeting) and other members of the committee will share their experiences of “holy abundance” throughout the grant-making process from meeting with applicants, helping meetings provide spiritual and financial oversight, and sharing the work of the grantees.

Through stories, they will describe blessings of individual ministers and Quaker institutions alike as well as lessons learned. For background on the Legacy program please see

  1. How does “holy abundance” play out in NEYM’s choice to invest in member ministries? In Legacy Fund's focal areas?

  2. How do ministries witness “holy abundance” throughout the grant cycle?

  3. How do Friends’ meetings experience “holy abundance” while supporting the ministries of applicants and grantees?

  4. What “holy abundance” may yet-come?


Faithfulness Groups: An Introduction
October 24, 2019 8-9 pm Eastern time

This opportunity will introduce faithfulness groups (also known as anchor groups or spiritual accountability groups), a practice taught by Marcelle Martin and others, that holds great potential for supporting individuals of any faith in allowing the work of the Spirit to become manifest through them and their communities. Marcelle Martin, Hillary Burgin, and others will explain their understandings and experiences benefiting from, helping others to be served by, and assiting people to serve with faithfulness groups. Marcelle's new book, A Guide to Faithfulness Groups, is scheduled for release in September 2019. Its back cover reads, "To be faithful, most people require the support of at least a few companions to support both a deeper awareness of the movement of the Spirit and a courageous responsiveness." More about faithfulness groups is available at Marcelle's blog, A Whole Heart.


Previous Opps

“Under the Care of”
July 10, 2019  8-9 pm Eastern time

What does holding a ministry “under the care of” a meeting entail?
Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting (Baltimore Yearly Meeting) has recently wrestled with that question and chose to take a ministry for care of families under its care. We’ll hear from Windy Cooler, Patti Nesbitt, and Joan Liversidge about their experiences in this discernment and the care that comes after it. Particular focus will include:

  1. What were the biggest questions the meeting considered?

  2. What support did the meeting discern it will offer?

  3. How will the ministry and the meeting be accountable to one another?

  4. What questions are known which remain to be answered?

​Video of call:

Audio of call:

Introducing Releasing Ministry Opps
June 13, 2019 8-9 pm Eastern time

This introductory session will begin to form our community. It will include an opportunity for participants to meet one another and interactively cultivate the Releasing Ministry Alliance Opps series.

  1. How did the idea of this series arise? What is presently planned?

  2. What are your hopes for Releasing Ministry Opps?

  3. What topics interest you and others related to ministry and eldering? Who might present in a conversational, story form on them? How do we ensure the full breadth of ministry and eldering are served? How do we ensure an anti-racist, multicultural environment?

  4. What about logistics needs to be discussed? Timing? Platform? Availability? 

Rough notes from Introducing Releasing Ministry Alliance Opps call  


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