Releasing Ministry Alliance #21
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What if we celebrate InTERdependence Day on July 4th? What would that mean to Spirit-led services?

In 2015, a record $373.25 billion was given charitably in the USA.[i] Individuals provided 80% of that. The largest share, 32%, was contributed to religion. Yet, only 2% of giving has gone to individuals, according to Grantspace. This leaves individual ministries and the services they provide with limited resources.

Releasing Ministry Alliance intends to foster our interdependence on July 4th and every other day of the year by increasing the visibility of 1) individual ministries and 2) their channels of support. Below are stories of the ministry of Pablo Stanfield and the corporate contexts for his ministry.

Ministries – including Pablo’s, those featured in prior e-newsletters, on our preliminary website, and on our more robust site (under development) – require prayer support, opportunities to offer ministry, and eldering, as well as financial assistance.

That’s where you come in. That’s where inTERdependence helps spread the word and work of God.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed prayer, time, or treasure to Releasing Ministry Alliance and the interdependent ministries among us.

Happy InTERdependence Day to you!
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Pablo Stanfield

Pablo's workshopIn May, Pablo Stanfield returned from a 10-day tour of Friends in southwest Oregon, as a pilot visitation for the new North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM) project "Knitting Us Together."
Pablo explained the context of his travel in the ministry. “In the first half of the 20th century, Howard and Ana Brinton were instrumental in encouraging unaffiliated, unprogrammed Quakers in the West [of the U.S.] by traveling among them and helping establish Pacific Yearly Meeting.  Their legacy included the ‘Brinton Visitors’ who traveled among Intermountain, Pacific, and North Pacific Yearly Meetings for many years.  This initiative is intended to bring such shared concerns and ministry to the Pacific northwest again.”
Pablo’s primary concern during his tour was "Appreciative Eldership --Quaker processes for resolving conflicts and Living the Peace Testimony".  He also gave presentations on his January travels among Friends in Bolivia and the FWCC World Plenary in Peru.  In June, Pablo returned to teach conflict resolution and Hebrew Scripture at the Cuban Quaker Peace Institute [ICCP], including the inaugural course in the new Havana meetinghouse.

Pablo tells, “At the moment most of my financial costs are covered by local donations, and my Oversight (anchor) committee is giving spiritual and moral support.”  He is available to travel to help deal with conflict or to teach Quakers to be Peacemakers in their own communities. Pablo’s minute is available here. He can be contacted at Pablo.paz (at) juno (dot) com.

From North Pacific YM 
After some years of work, North Pacific Yearly Meeting's Outreach & Visitation proudly presents "Knitting Us Together." This is modeled after the well-loved, but now laid down, Brinton Visitor Program shared by our three western unprogrammed Yearly Meetings.  We offer these visits to you in anticipation of sharing the program at North Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session in Spokane this summer.

Proposed Visitation Title: [Choices:]
(1) Appreciative Eldership for Conflicts in Meeting (Living the Peace Testimony);
(2) Understanding the World Family of Friends -- reports from a Traveling Friend; or
(3) Study as a Form of Worship -- why Religious Education is part of a Quaker life.

The tour includes: South Mountain MM, Ashland OR, Umpqua Valley WG (Roseburg) and Florence WG, Eugene MM, Corvallis MM, Salem MM, and Central Oregon WG, Bend OR, plus Freedom Friends Church in Salem.
In "Introducing Releasing Ministry Alliance" video,
some Friends describe ministry, releasing ministry, and Releasing Ministry Alliance.
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