Releasing Ministry Alliance #30
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Zoom OPPS & Workshop

Releasing Ministry Alliance’s Opps' third Zoom call featured "Holy Abundance." Members of New England Yearly Meeting's Legacy Funds committee and a grant recipient offered brilliant accounts of the way ministry has been nurtured in myriad ways.

Video and audio recordings of this and prior calls, along with a slide show illustrating the ministries funded by the grants, are posted on the Opps webpage.

These Opps provide opportunities to gather for the purpose of exploring a topic pertinent to ministry, eldering, and faith communities and feature a conversational presentation and time for discussion. 

“Faithfulness Groups”                                                         

Thursday Oct 24, 2019 8-9pm Eastern time
A practice that holds great potential for supporting individuals of any faith in allowing the work of the Spirit to become manifest through them and their communities will be the focus of our October call. Marcelle Martin, Benjamin Warnke, Lynda Black, and others will share their experiences with faithfulness groups (also known as anchor groups or spiritual accountability groups). Marcelle’s newly published book on this topic is available at

Faithfulness Groups Workshop

Saturday Nov 23, 2019 10am -  4pm Eastern time 
Friends Center in Philadelphia and Livestreamed, pre-registration requested
Marcelle Martin, Viv Hawkins, and a group of people experienced with faithfulness groups will present the basics needed to support each other in paying attention to the guidance of the Spirit, and forming faithfulness groups, in which the members provide mutual accompaniment over time. 

This free-of-charge workshop will be livestreamed and video-recorded so it is available for people at a distance. Please register for either on-site or livestream attendance here. If you participate via livestream or recording, we'd love you to gather a group of people at your local site and join in the interactive group activities.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Releasing Ministry Alliance, Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting's Committee on Gifts and Leadings, and Green Street Friends Meeting's Worship and Ministry Committee. Funding for the livestream is provided by Quaker Women in Public Ministry and its follow-on program At the Well.

More details on the faithfulness groups programs are available at
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We look forward to Paula Palmer’s ministry “Toward Right Relationship” soon going public on the directory. Paula is traveling as Friend-in-residence at Haverford College and offering various programs in the area of Philadelphia, PA, USA.

More stories of ministries.

If you offer Spirit-led services, please create an account and add a ministry to the directory. It’s free and simple.
  1. Just go to 
  2. Click on the red Get Started button.
  3. Create an acccount and respond to the confirmation email (check your Spam folder because it may be there).
  4. Log in and go to My Dashboard.
  5. Scroll down a bit and click on Add a Ministry. There, you can input text and photos and link to webpages, videos, and PayPal accounts for a Donate button. The Donate function may be helpful to allow a spiritual director or other service provider to be compensated for serving people who cannot afford to pay themselves. allows:
  • ministers to post their own text, videos, and images to describe their ministries;
  • people interested in ministry to browse by ministry topic and to message ministers; and
  • people who wish to support ministries to contribute through PayPal links (set up by ministers) or to send messages to ministers offering other supports, such as prayer, housing, transportation, etc.
Releasing Ministry Alliance asks your help to receive:
  • Contact information for ministers who wish to list their ministries with Releasing Ministry Alliance (sign up here);
  • Contact information and brief bios of people interested to serve Releasing Ministry Alliance as advisors and liaisons (email;
  • Contributions to pay expenses of operations and upgrades to provide additional functionality and grow the network of people interested to offer, call on, and support ministry.
    • Contribute on-line here through The Shalom Center, one of our fiscal sponsors).
    • Checks can be made payable to Green Street Friends Meeting, 45 W School House Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19144 with "LifeCalls: Releasing Ministry Alliance" in the memo line.
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