For further reading, we'd like to suggest Noah Merrill's pamphlet, "Prophets, Midwives, and Thieves: Reclaiming the Ministry of the Whole." His words are available online at

Noah shares deeply and clearly about Quaker heritage. He is also Secretary for New England Yearly Meeting, and a young person. The beauty of his pamphlet is that it shares about Quaker faith and practice in an accessible, lively way.

In this text, Noah reminds us that elders are like midwives, because they help something to be born. A birth will happen, with or without someone attending to is – but the birth will be much smoother with an elder nearby.

Over time, we will add to this with more resources that have been helpful to us personally.