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Releasing Ministry Alliance #14
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Blessing in Giving

Poughkeepsie Meeting's generous support!
 

by Don Badgley, Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting (NYYM)

For many years we have all heard of local meetings struggling with memberships that are aging and contracting. For many Friends it has become clear that this problem will not be solved by recruitment or marketing alone. If some Friends Meetings are to again become vital and growing faith communities, they will grow for the same reason they once did - Ministry. That ministry comes in many forms and it requires both spiritual and financial support. 

Releasing Ministry Alliance is being created to provide that support and Poughkeepsie Monthly Meeting was recently led to contribute $1,000 toward this effort. The meeting was in unity that Releasing Ministry Alliance will enable Friends carrying well-led and tested ministries to assist other meetings in outreach, in-reach, and revitalization. It is hoped that other monthly and regional meetings and individuals will assist in the capital campaign that is approaching its launch goal of $16,000. 

The Light is burning on many lampstands. May the Light be revealed, supported and expanded.
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FEATURED MINISTRY: 
Moving into Mindfulness
I'm Amy Ward Brimmer of Way Opens Center. My ministry is simple - to bring to Friends, and the general public, what has helped me and what I enjoy doing. I am a completely average human being who found help and healing and joy from learning how to be present with myself – through directly experiencing my body in the here and now.
 
As a teacher of Alexander Technique, Qigong, and insight meditation, my calling is to remind Friends of a practical, body-based mysticism. I seek to help us re-member (literally) the practice of centered, energetic listening for Spirit, and the opening of our hearts. This is an experience available to each and to all, which comes from within. It can move and guide us both within worship and, more importantly, in daily living.
 
About 3 years ago I began developing a workshop and class series called Moving Into Mindfulness. This work is a culmination of everything I have personally studied, practiced, and taught for about 25 years. It is highly adaptable to various group sizes and locations, and can be done in a format as brief as 2 hours, or as long as a whole week.
 
My goal is to bring this work to as many people as possible, while not going broke trying to do so.        

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In "Introducing Releasing Ministry Alliance" video,
some Friends describe ministry, releasing ministry, and Releasing Ministry Alliance.

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