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The Listening Project is is a series of qualitative interviews that focus on themes of spiritual nurture. Together, they form a combination of Story Corps and QuakerSpeak. We meet for worship-sharing and conversation, and have held more than 20 Listening Sessions so far. These include the Friends from seven different yearly meetings:

Iowa Yearly Meeting
New England Yearly Meeting
New York Yearly Meeting
North Pacific Yearly Meeting
Pacific Yearly Meeting
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Southeastern Yearly Meeting


A listening session is a space for people to speak freely and be heard. Sometimes a session feels like worship-sharing; other times it runs more like a conversation. We ask people about their spiritual journeys and about what makes them come alive. We ask them what they think of the Quaker structure. Usually, we focus on reaching newer & younger folks (Friends under 55, as well as newcomers). However, we have been meeting with people from a range of ages. The oldest person to sit for an interview, so far, is 79.

One person at our meeting called this "energetic, out-of-the-box thinking."  That's exciting! Our hope is that we can better meet the needs of young people, and of newcomers, by learning from these conversations over time. Read more below.
 

THE LISTENING PROJECT