Releasing Ministry Alliance #27
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VideoCall Opportunities

Releasing Ministry Alliance Opps are opportunities to gather for the purpose of exploring a topic pertinent to ministry, eldering, and faith communities. Typically, on-line sessions will be:
  • one hour in length,
  • include an introduction by one or more people with experience of the topic,  
  • offer time for questions and answers and further discussion, and
  • afford a means to share related information and build a collection of resources.
Friends are invited to participate in any or all of these complimentary sessions, using Zoom, a video conference application which, also, allows telephone connections. If you’re unfamiliar with Zoom, you can find more about it here:

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Introducing Releasing Ministry Opps                June 13, 2019 pm 8-9 pm Eastern time
This introductory session will begin to form our community. It will include an opportunity for participants to meet one another and interactively cultivate the Releasing Ministry Alliance Opps series.
  1. How did the idea of this series arise? What is presently planned?
  2. What are your hopes for Releasing Ministry Opps?
  3. What topics interest you and others related to ministry and eldering? Who might present in a conversational, story form on them? How do we ensure the full breadth of ministry and eldering are served? How do we ensure an anti-racist, multicultural environment?
  4. What about logistics needs to be discussed? Timing? Platform? Availability?
“Under the Care of”                                             July 10, 2019  8-9 pm Eastern time
What does holding a ministry “under the care of” a meeting entail?
Sandy Springs Monthly Meeting (Baltimore Yearly Meeting) has recently wrestled with that question and chose to take a ministry for care of families under its care. We’ll hear from Windy Cooler, Patti Nesbitt, and Joan Liversidge about their experiences in this discernment and the care that comes after it. Particular focus will include:
  1. What were the biggest questions the meeting considered?
  2. What support did the meeting discern it will offer?
  3. How will the ministry and the meeting be accountable to one another?
  4. What questions are known which remain to be answered?
“Holy Abundance”                                                          Sept 26, 2019 8-9 pm Eastern time
New England Yearly Meeting’s Legacy Gift Funds, overseen by the Legacy Gift Committee, has been supporting ministries through funding and the strengthening Friends practices of stewardship and accountability since 2015. Suzanna Schell (Beacon Hill Monthly Meeting) and other members of the committee will share their experiences of “holy abundance” throughout the grant-making process from meeting with applicants, helping meetings provide spiritual and financial oversight, and sharing the work of the grantees.
Through stories, they will describe blessings of individual ministers and Quaker institutions alike as well as lessons learned. For background on the Legacy program please see
  1. How does “holy abundance” play out in NEYM’s choice to invest in member ministries? In Legacy Fund's focal areas?
  2. How do ministries witness “holy abundance” throughout the grant cycle?
  3. How do Friends’ meetings experience “holy abundance” while supporting the ministries of applicants and grantees?
  4. What “holy abundance” may yet-come?
Additional information about Releasing Ministry Alliance Opps is available at
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Releasing Ministry Alliance's directory is up and running!

MANY THANKS to people who have listed so far. Our newest ministry listings include: 
  • EMIR Support Group School Supply Drive The EMIR Ministry Support Group of Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) announces the launch of the on-line School Supply Drive to help ensure families affected by homicide don't have to worry about school supplies when they head back to school next September.
  • 4 Circles Beyond Facilitating Beyond Diversity 101 Intensives, Supporting Youth Empowerment through Peace Liberation/ Leadership & the Arts, or building the Academy for Peace Liberation Education in Chester, PA all are about radical truth-telling, radical love, and inside/ outside transformation.
  • Oasis Healing Ministry of Floating Feathers Gardens Vision: Revise and establish vegetable, herb (fiber/dye plants) and flower gardens particularly in the hamlet of Great Bend, NY and the wider NNY area for sustenance, enjoyment, retreat, healing, hands on education, bionutrient Earth care, and vitality of our community life in love for Mother Earth.
  • Friendly Fire Collective The Friendly Fire Collective is a Philadelphia-based community of mystical disciples committed to being doulas of the apocalypse, loving a new world into being. Drawing from Marxist and anarchist political traditions, as well apocalyptic mystical traditions, we seek to build a new world in the ashes of the old. We hold weekly prayer meetings, in the manner of Friends, every Tuesday, and participate in the revolutionary and liberatory struggles around us.
  • Exploring African American History in Ghana An opportunity for people of all races to gain insight on how the histories of Ghana and the United States of America are intertwined. African American history begins on the continent of Africa. African culture has influenced American culture and African Americans have influenced Africa. The schedule for this August 2019 trip to Ghana includes time to process together what we are learning and seeing for those who wish to do so. We will also have a chance to worship with Ghanian Friends at Hill House Friends Meeting in Accra on First Day.
  • Quaker Family Life A book-in-progress that explores original research and integrates the tender and wise voices of Friends across North America, Holding Our Families in the Light: Reclaiming Family Values as an Inclusive Ministry by Windy Cooler. The book will explore topics that are often hard to honestly and completely talk about – such as domestic violence, our relationship to money and the economy, race, queer identities, divorce, death and other tender life transitions – through the lens of family and pastoral care. It will also explore how we best support parents and children and intimate partner relationships where they are as well as the already emerging and hopeful ministries that support families.
More ministries are listed at Releasing Ministry Alliance’s directory. Please visit to browse, contact, and support Spirit-led services.

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 may be helpful to allow a spiritual director to be compensated for services provided to people who cannot afford to pay themselves.

More stories of ministries. 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  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 CPMM at 1515 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 with "LifeCalls: Releasing Ministry Alliance" in the memo line.
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