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Together, we formed
FORWARD IN FAITHFULNESS MINISTRIES
 

Our work is under the care of the Upper Susquehanna Quarter
 

We are a Quaker  elder and minister pair who work for spiritual renewal

Who We Are

We are building a network committed to faithfulness and  revitalization

What We Do

We envision a Quaker world that is relevant and thriving in
30 years

Vision

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Recent Events

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JT Dorr-Bremme and Windy Cooler will be co-leading a retreat, "Creative Listening: For the Future of our Quaker Communities." The retreat is in-person, Sept 2-4 at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California. For more information or to register, visit the Ben Lomond website. (Hint: You may need to scroll down the page to see the listing.)

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With input, brainstorms, and sketches from Upper Susquehanna Friends, Johanna Jackson created the front t-shirt design  for Upper Susquehanna Quarter. Yuri Plowden also contributed a design. Friends from USQ will gather in-person at Crystal Lake September 9-11. To register, visit the registration page.
 

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Feature Transcript: Learn more about Windy Cooler, who participated in the Listening Project in 2020. Windy is a public minister from Baltimore Yearly Meeting.  She speaks of pastoral care, radical solidarity, and the process of naming gifts. A worthwhile read!
 

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Johanna Jackson published an article about reverence and birding in The Natural Farmer. It will be searchable on this website soon.
 

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We've updated our resources to include a Songs page. This includes several original songs from people of faith. Find some nourishment, inspiration, and rest with these original songs.
 

Love letter

We provided our first ministry report to the Upper Susquehanna Quarter. In it, we reflected on a year of growth and change.

 

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Together, Johanna Jackson and JT Dorr-Bremme published an article about beginning ministry in pandemic times. The article is available on the Publications page.
 

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A rich array of resources on naming and claiming gifts, living into vitality, and developing inwardly

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Vocal Ministry and Eldering

A selection of metaphors on carrying a message, holding space, and supporting one another with our spiritual gifts

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Eldership
Podcast

Johanna and JT have a worshipful discussion of his eldering role and process, its effects on their ministry, and more.

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Expanding Membership

View a PhYM article: Melissa Rycroft and Johanna Jackson describe how to create new processes for membership.

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Seven tips for welcoming and integrating newcomers, based on our research with he Listening Project

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New Communities, Full of Vitality

Twelve ways to form strong, limber communities that meet people's spiritual needs

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What makes a welcoming community?

 

Many people have perspective to offer on what they're seeking in community. Here are some themes that rose up in our interviews with young people who participated in the Listening Project.

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$25

$25 gives us a vote of confidence that you believe in this work and are glad that it exists. If you'd like, you can pair your donation with a small note.

$200

$200 sponsors one Listening Session with a Friend from the United States
or Canada. One person
will receive the gift of
free listening.

$350

$350 sponsors both a Listening Session and a published transcript. (Note: the transcript may uplift a second person, if the first speaker declines publicity.)