Releasing Ministry Alliance Campaign #7

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

Our Purpose & Progress

Publicizing and Crowd-funding for Spirit-led Service and Witness in the World

When was the last time you
  • saw, in one place, an assortment of ministries offered by Friends from across the branches of Friends?
  • had an opportunity to invite a Friend to offer ministry?
  • assisted a ministry to be released into the world by praying for it, funding it, or otherwise offering resources?
These are the purposes of Releasing Ministry Alliance. More detail on each of these is available through this on-line presentation.

We who have volunteered our time for these purposes offer deep thanks to countless Friends who believe in Releasing Ministry. This campaign and weekly mailings have widened that circle and featured some of the ministries among us. We've presented about Releasing Ministry to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Interim Meeting and look forward to other opportunities elsewhere. 

We express heart-felt gratitude to the many donors who have contributed the $8,475 raised to date.  A portion of these funds have allowed us to move the existing website to a host server, apply for incorporation, and produce a video to further the purposes stated above. We're excited to receive pro bono services from several Friends, also.

You can help us raise the remaining $7,525!  Share this e-mail with your meeting or church. Post to Facebook, Tweet, or Google+ the URL Contribute to Releasing Ministry Alliance today.  And hold any or all ministries in your prayers, friends!
Donate to Releasing Ministry Alliance
Thanks to Friends Journal for including in its May 2015 a news release about Releasing Ministry Alliance's publicity and fundraising campaign! 
Friends Journal subscribers can view it.

All can view Friends Journal's February 2014 article explaining Releasing Ministry.

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 Ministry
John Calvi is known to many Friends for his ministry of healing and advocacy against torture. His letters to friends seeking funding to release him to this work are known as “Beethoven letters.”  The 31st Beethoven Letter by John Calvi, dated May 2015, follows:

Dear Friend,
Good work continues and I am well used still, after all these years. I have just returned from work with tortured refugees in North Carolina, a stop in Texas for final edits on my 2nd book How Far Have You Traveled? due out next month, and soon will teach near Boston. We celebrate the 10th year of The Quaker Initiative to End Torture- QUIT! ... Our new website has lots of information. I am the founding convener of QUIT. After several decades of work with survivors, I wanted to speak to the root causes. QUIT continues.

You might wonder, how does the work come- usually, word of mouth...

Can it really be this letter has gone out thirty-one years and I have been working by invitation and living mainly on gifts all this time? It seems to have worked out well enough. The kindness of many people created this special circumstance where I can be of use in lots of places to many different kinds of hurt. Since 1982 I’ve worked in prisons, refugee treatment centers, schools, colleges, massage schools, religious conferences, AIDS clinics, and dozens of Quaker meetings in 4 countries. Financial support essentially comes to mean choice. My choice has been to use your gifts to be of help, to say yes. It’s made a life work and a lifetime of gratitude...

It might be that you’ve been thinking you’d come to one of my workshops, speeches, retreats sometime. Well, I turn 63 May 14th. I’ve been doing this work for 33 years. How much longer do you think this can go on? Neither of us is getting any younger! I’d say come see me while I still make relatively good sense, such as it is. This gay Quaker healer is not to be missed.

I hope you will send a gift. I know times are tight and donations don’t come easy. I trust you understand that each gift is used carefully in a simple life given to service and care. Your support means I can go out and say yes. It means more good work given where it’s needed. Will you help me now? Thank you, for all these years, thank you.

In the Light, John Calvi

Definitions: Tax law says a donation carries the expectation of work for which I am taxed.  A gift is given out of respect, affection, or charity.

Please send gifts to John Calvi, P. O. Box 301 Putney VT 05346.

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