Releasing Ministry Alliance #16
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Vibrant Spirit-led Service Spreads

Moon over AndesSo much has flourished since Releasing Ministry Alliance sent our first e-news almost a year ago!   

Grantors, Quaker meetings, and individuals contributed over $13,000 to Releasing Ministry Alliance's campaign. We’ve sent 16 e-newletters featuring various Friends’ ministries. We created and promoted our video Introducing Releasing Ministry Alliance. Website design has transitioned to coding. And we continue our work to establish a vital non-profit entity to publicize and channel resources on behalf of our participating ministries.
Of course, much has happened with other Quaker ministries also. Here are some current activities of just a few ministries which Releasing Ministry Alliance featured in the past.
  • Vanessa Julye, Melinda Wenner Bradley (photographer of Moon Over Andes photo above), Beth Collea, and many other Friends are in Peru now for FWCC 2016 World Gathering. Vanessa continues in her ministry of helping the Religious Society of Friends become more welcoming to people of color and as clerk of Quakers United in Publishing (QUIP).
  • Quaker Religious Education Collaborative, of which Melinda and Beth are members, says save-the-date Jun 10-12, 2016 at Quaker Hill Conference Center, Richmond, IN for its next gathering. Now, Beth and Melinda are sharing Godly Play and Faith and Play with worldwide Friends in Peru.
  • Bob Schmitt, who donated our logo, offers a full schedule of Chinese brush painting classes in Minneapolis, MN (after teaching in Key West, FL).
  • Minga Claggett-Borne asks prayers for Alternative to Violence Project training she will do Jan 20-22, 2016 in Bugesera District of Rwanda. See featured ministry below.
  • Marcelle Martin offers Jan 22-24, 2016 to Powell House, NY for program on her upcoming book, Our Life is Love, to be published by Inner Light Books. She offered a similar program recently at Ben Lomond Center, CA.
  • The Way of Spirit, founded by Christine Hall with help of Good News Associates, will begin another cohort Feb 12, 2016 at Mt. Angel, OR.
  • Friends of Jesus Fellowship plans their spring gathering May 13-15, 2016 in Plainfield, IN.
  • QuakerQuaker continues to make available to the world its daily curated list of the best of the Quaker web; it is 100% reader supported.
Please share about Releasing Ministry Alliance and these ministries with your faith community. Consider an individual or meeting gift to help more ministries rise among Friends and beyond!
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Minga Claggett-Borne and Jonathan Vogel-Borne

Minga, Jonathon, and Jean ZaruWhat do El Camino de Santiago, Palestine, and Rwanda have in common?
Minga Claggett-Borne and Jonathan Vogel-Borne (pictured here with Jean Zaru, clerk of the Ramallah Friends Meeting) are traveling in the ministry among these places and peoples. Minga shares their experiences in her blog,
Pedals and Seeds. An excerpt from her Jan 15, 2016 entry follows.

Ministry here in Rwanda seems quite intriguing. We work side-by-side with Rwandans, making sure that they are driving and directing. Jonathan is offering website expertise and I have jumped into numerous peace projects.

Jonathan finished a two-day training for 12 Friends teaching website design and development to Rwandan Friends.  All the participants were under 35 years old. Jonathan comes home at 5:30pm from the Friends Peace Garden exhausted, yet energized and with a sense of ‘rightness’ about his work. This group begins and ends with prayer, knowing this technical work is for “God’s kingdom on earth.”

I am scratching the field of peace activities: the ground is fertile. This week I worked with three projects: the Children’s Peace libraries, Help Increase the Peace HIPP Rwanda 2016 proposal, and Alternatives to Violence (AVP). Yesterday I brought one of three boxes of books from Cambridge Friends to the library and read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss to about 8 kids. David Bucura joined me and asked the oldest kid to help enroll other neighborhood kids in a peer mediation training to be given next week.

HIPP Rwanda is launching a hefty campaign to train 14-24 year olds in peace building. AVP is ongoing here in churches and prisons. On January 20, 21, and 22, I will be part of a team offering AVP to 20 people in Bugesera District, between Kigali and the Burundian border. Let’s hope I can rustle up a good interpreter since the training will be conducted in Kinyarwanda, of which I speak about 20 words. I fear that others will misunderstand. Please pray for us.

Mura koze. [thank you, in Kinyarwanda]
In "Introducing Releasing Ministry Alliance" video,
some Friends describe ministry, releasing ministry, and Releasing Ministry Alliance.
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