Releasing Ministry Alliance Campaign #4

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Supporting Spirit-led service among the Religious Society of Friends
and beyond


Why We Need $16,000 Now

Many Quakers believe that Spirit-led service - ministry - should be free of charge.

Folks involved with Releasing Ministry agree that ministry should be free - free to be offered. But, as Ashley Wilcox explains, in her story at, travel in the ministry is NOT free to those traveling.

That is why Releasing Ministry Alliance is raising funds to launch the infrastructure that will help people in ministry raise funds and publicize their services.

And we at Releasing Ministry Alliance don't know a way to launch for free. With $1,900 raised, we're on our way to the $16,000 needed for these purposes:

  • $10,000 to develop and host the full Releasing Ministry Alliance website and create channels to receive funds on behalf of participating ministries,
  • $ 1,500 to form the 501(c)3 organization,and
  • $ 4,500 for start-up operations such as audit, office supplies, printing, and other organizational expenses.
Help free up Spirit-led service now.
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Donate to Releasing Ministry Alliance
Upon learning of Releasing Ministry Alliance,
Cathy Barney of Cincinnati Friends Meeting, Wilmington Friends Meeting wrote:
"With grants and the help of my home meeting, I launched a non-profit arts exploration for at-risk kids in my city in 2012. I have struggled with funding, especially salary, though I have been successful at obtaining grants. My meeting has been my fiscal agent, but wants me to become my own non -profit this year. I have drug my feet a bit, praying for another 501c3 umbrella. I am so thrilled to discover Releasing Ministry!!!!"

HUGE thanks to the Lyman Fund and our individual contributors for helping us launch with start-up funds!


Friends Journal article explaining Releasing Ministry here.

Releasing Friends: An author chat with Vonn New and Viv Hawkins

A Friends Journal author chat about Releasing Ministry with Martin Kelly, Viv Hawkins, and Vonn New.

Featured Ministries
- Marge Abbott & Christine Betz Hall
We love the Pacific Northwest: the community of Friends here: the beauty of the mountains and the seas, and so much more. Friends here are few in number compared to the Midwest or East Coast and our numbers can feel even smaller when you realize we are split between two different yearly meetings which are on nearly opposite ends of the Quaker spectrum. Perhaps pushed a bit by such circumstance, some of us have been able to build rich connections with “the other” Friends and have been nourished by such connections.
Over several year Christine Betz Hall experienced a growing sense of calling to somehow bring a program like School of the Spirit (SotS) here to this corner of the country almost as far in the U.S. as can be away from the Philadelphia/North Carolina center for the SotS programs.
Numerous other people shared this vision, people from both North Pacific and Northwest Yearly Meetings who had developed respect for one another and experienced companionship together on their faith journey even as they have had to wrestle with who we are in our diversity as Friends.
Chris had a long term support committee from her home Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, which met with her through her years of seminary training in Seattle and afterwards, as this new leading grew. But neither her home Meeting in Fairbanks nor her new Meeting on Whidbey Island (WA) had the resources to help bring this calling to fruition.
In December 2009, a number of people who shared this vision gathered at North Seattle Friends Church for a time of discernment.  Chris brought to the group both her sense of leading and the story of discussions with SotS about affiliating with them and the results of her visits among Friends in the U.S. Pacific Northwest testing the depth of desire for such a program.
Two things became clear out of those meetings.  First and foremost was the depth of interest for such a program. Significant numbers of people in both yearly meetings felt a need that Chris’ vision could fill.  But, it also was clear that it would not work for this to be part of SotS, despite the compatibility in goals. A combination of distance, economic downturn, and people feeling stretched to the limit of their energy meant that it was not feasible.  It was then that the promise of Good News Associates’ assistance arose.

Read more of this success story here.
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