Pastoral Care Newsletter

rainbow-landscape_w725_h544These newsletters and the articles they contain were originally written and published by the Pastoral Care Newsletter Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting between the years 1993 and 2012. The seventy-six editions of the six-page newsletter published during these years brought fresh insights to Quaker meetings, their Member Care Committees, Ministry & Counsel and others who provide pastoral care in un-programmed Friends meetings.

The first ten years of Pastoral Care Newsletters articles were compiled into a book titled Grounded In God: Care & Nurture in Friends Meetings. This collection of articles has been used as a text by the Earlham School of Religion and has been referred to as a pastoral care first-aid kit for meetings.

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Volume Issue Date Topic,Featured Articles
Volume 01 Issue 1 1993, September The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,The Ministry of Pastoral Care by Arlene Kelly
Volume 01 Issue 2 1993, December Pastoral Care for Marriage and Divorce,Meeting Support of Marriage and Couple Relationship by Patricia McBee
Volume 01 Issue 3 1994, February The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,Reflections of an Overseer by Regina Peasley Hallowell
Volume 01 Issue 4 1994, May Membership in Our Meetings,Membership and the Clearness Process by Helene Pollock and Arlene Kelly
Volume 02 Issue 1 1994, October Facing Conflict in the Meeting,Dealing with Difficult Situations by Arlene Kelly
Volume 02 Issue 2 1995, January Pastoral Care for Marriage and Divorce,Supporting Families Through Separation and Divorce by Jean B. Robbins
Volume 02 Issue 3 1995, March The Welfare of Each Member,Nurturing Children and Families in Meeting by Marty Smith and Carolyn Terrell
Volume 02 Issue 4 1995, May Pastoral Care for Marriage and Divorce,Clearness Committees for Marriage or Commitment by Jan Hoffman
Volume 03 Issue 1 1995, September Membership in Our Meetings,Inactive Members: Keeping Some and Helping Others Move On by Sue Heath
Volume 03 Issue 2 1996, January Pastoral Care for Illness and Death,Facing Death: Helping People Grieve by Anne Moore and Tom Moore

Facing Death and Loss in the Meeting by Linda Lyman
Volume 03 Issue 3 1996, March The Welfare of Each Member,Dealing with Aging by Phyllis A. Sanders
Volume 03 Issue 4 1996, June Facing Conflict in the Meeting,A Challenge to be Clear and Caring by Lindley M. Winston
Volume 04 Issue 1 1996, September The Welfare of Each Member,Nurturing Quaker Parenting by Harriet E. Heath
Volume 04 Issue 2 1997, January Pastoral Care for Persons with Mental Illness,Pastoral Care for Persons with Mental Illness by Joseph Rogers

Suggestions for Overseers-Mental Illness by Lee Junker
Volume 04 Issue 3 1997, March Care of the Meeting Community,Nurturing the Meeting Community by Arlene Kelly
Volume 04 Issue 4 1997, June The Welfare of Each Member,"Pastoral Care for Men in our Meetings by Mike Hayes, Douglas Campbell, and Nate Terrell

Starting a Men's Group in Your Meeting"
Volume 05 Issue 1 1997, September Pastoral Care for Persons with Mental Illness,Helping Friends Seek Professional Help by Barbara T. Snipes
Volume 05 Issue 2 1998, January Pastoral Care for Persons with Mental Illness,Depression: The Invisible Problem by Nancy L. Bieber
Volume 05 Issue 3 1998, March The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,Discerning Our Leadings as Overseers by Martha Bush
Volume 05 Issue 4 1998, June Care of the Meeting Community,Supporting Stands of Conscience by Priscilla Adams and Steve Gulick
Volume 06 Issue 1 1998, September Pastoral Care for Illness and Death,Preparing for Memorial Services by Sue Heath
Volume 06 Issue 2 1999, January Facing Conflict in the Meeting,One Meeting's Response to Conflict and Abuse by Friends in Portland ME Meeting
Volume 06 Issue 3 1999, March Pastoral Care for Persons with Mental Illness,Alcoholism in the Meeting by Alex Scott
Volume 06 Issue 4 1999, June The Welfare of Each Member,Reaching Out to Singles in Our Meetings by Donalyn Mosteller
Volume 07 Issue 1 1999, September The Welfare of Each Member,Ministry to Older People Experiencing Disabilities by Rose Ketterer
Volume 07 Issue 2 2000, January Pastoral Care for Marriage and Divorce,Seeking Clearness on Same Gender Marriage by Karen Stewart
Volume 07 Issue 3 2000, March The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,Growing into the Role of Pastoral Caregiver by Gay Howard

Reflections on Overseers' Role by Nadine Hoover
Volume 07 Issue 4 2000, June Care of the Meeting Community,Use of Clearness Committees in Pastoral Care by Patricia McBee
Volume 08 Issue 1 2000, September Pastoral Care for Illness and Death,Caring for the Terminally Ill and Their Caregivers by Lucy McIver
Volume 08 Issue 2 2001, January Care of the Meeting Community,The Challenge and Opportunity of Meetinghouse Changes by Barry Zalph
Volume 08 Issue 3 2001, March The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,Deep Listening: Applying the Disciplines of an Elder to Pastoral Care by Bob Schmitt
Volume 08 Issue 4 2001, June Membership in Our Meetings,Grounding Newcomers in Quakerism

Newcomers – Relax and Smile by LaDeana Mullinix

Newcomers – The Quaker Heron Unites Patapsco Preparative Meeting by Diane Reynolds

Newcomers – Making Friends Meeting at Cambridge Friendly and Accessible by Gil Johnston

Newcomers – Making Friends Meeting at Cambridge Friendly and Accessible by Sheila Johnston

Newcomers – Pendle Hill Inquirers' Weekend by Shirley Dodson

Newcomers – Quakerism 101 by Gene Hillman
Volume 09 Issue 1 2001, September The Welfare of Each Member,Supporting Families in Times of Trouble by Judith Owens
Volume 09 Issue 2 2002, January Care of the Meeting Community,"Moving Toward Wholeness: Addressing Race Among Friends by Patricia McBee and Vanessa Julye

From the Experience of an African American Friend by Claudio Wair

""Discovering a Place for Myself Among Friends by David Yamamoto

What's in a Name? by Ernestine Buscemi

Nine Suggestions for Addressing Racism by Gale Rohde"""
Volume 09 Issue 3 2002, March The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,How Are We Called? by Christopher Sammond
Volume 09 Issue 4 2002, June The Welfare of Each Member,Staying Connected with Young Adult Friends by Deborah Shaw
Volume 10 Issue 1 2002, September The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,To Listen with Love by Patricia Brown
Volume 10 Issue 2 2003, January Care of the Meeting Community,Building the Meeting Community through Retreats by Charlotte Fardelmann
Volume 10 Issue 3 2003, March Care of the Meeting Community,How is Your Meeting Facing War and Militarism by Suzanne Day
Volume 10 Issue 4 2003, June Care of the Meeting Community,Nurturing the Small Meeting or Worship Group by Lynne Phillips
Volume 11 Issue 1 2003, September Membership in Our Meetings,Welcoming New Members by Sue Heath
Volume 11 Issue 2 2004, January The Welfare of Each Member,Supporting Friends Who Are Burdened by Debt by David William McKay
Volume 11 Issue 3 2004, March Facing Conflict in the Meeting,Pastoral Care That is Both Loving and Firm by Patricia McBee
Volume 11 Issue 4 2004, June The Welfare of Each Member,Pastoral Care in Situations of Drug Abuse by John J. Blum
Volume 12 Issue 1 2004, September The Welfare of Each Member,Pastoral Care and People With Disabilities by Sally Campbell
Volume 12 Issue 2 2005, January Membership in Our Meetings,Speaking Truth to One Another: Addressing Theological Differences in the Meeting by Cathy Habschmidt
Volume 12 Issue 3 2005, March Membership in Our Meetings,Quaker Records: Witness to Faithfulness by Chris Densmore
Volume 12 Issue 4 2005, June The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,Disruption or Opening: How Are We Led? by Jean-Marie Barch
Volume 13 Issue 1 2005, September The Welfare of Each Member,High School and Young Adult Friends in Our Meeting

The Rock and the Whale: A Parable for Pastoral Care of Young Friends by Zac Moon

Nurturing Friendly Pilgrimages by Jonah McDonald

SAYF Teens Nurture Each Other with Gentle Guidance from Adults by Wren Hendrickson

Creating a Quaker Bar/Bat Mitzvah by Matt Sanderson and Patricia McBee
Volume 13 Issue 2 2006, January Facing Conflict in the Meeting,The Burr of Forgiveness by Lynne Phillips
Volume 13 Issue 3 2006, March Pastoral Care for Marriage and Divorce,Clearness Committees for Marriage or Commitment by Jan Hoffman
Volume 13 Issue 4 2006, June Pastoral Care for Marriage and Divorce,Beyond Tradition: Caring for Marriage in the 21st Century by Joan Liversidge and Rich Liversidge
Volume 14 Issue 1 2006, September The Welfare of Each Member,How Can Meetings Protect Children from Sexual Abuse? by Christel Jorgenson

'So that Children Can Trust the Meeting' is Friends' Goal by Roger Walmsley
Volume 14 Issue 2 2007, January The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,"Ministry of Pastoral Care: The Healing Spirit Working Among Us by Arlene Kelly

A Small, Growing Meeting Creates Nurturing Activities by LaDeana Mullinix"
Volume 14 Issue 3 2007, March The Welfare of Each Member,Lonliness Among Friends: A Ministry of Connection by Rose Ketterer
Volume 14 Issue 4 2007, June Care of the Meeting Community,"Does Your Meeting Suffer from a ""Lightness Deficiency"" by Jacob Stone"
Volume 15 Issue 1 2007, September Membership in Our Meetings,"From Burden to Joy: Sharing the Work of the Meeting by Kate deRiel and Judith Owens

""Harrisburg MM Works to Create a Spirit-led System by Donald B. Owen

Westtown MM Senses a Leading to Begin Anew by Kevin A. Gallagher"""
Volume 15 Issue 2 2008, January Care of the Meeting Community,Weaving Children and Adults into Full Meeting Life by Christie Duncan-Tessmer

Chambersburg Friends Feel Blessed in Sharing Their Words by Sandra Grotberg
Volume 15 Issue 3 2008, March The Welfare of Each Member,"Friends Coming Out: Does Your Meeting Offer a Caring, Spirit-led Ministry? by Melody Brazo"
Volume 15 Issue 4 2008, June Care of the Meeting Community,"Four Paths on the Journey to Spiritual Enrichment by Elizabeth Meyer

Small Groups Adapt to NYM Spiritual Nurture Program by Michael Resman

Spiritual Friendships Foster Deep Listening, Sharing by Margery Mears Larrabee

TMP: Spiritual Enrichment for Meeting Communities by Deborah Fisch and Beckey Phipps"
Volume 16 Issue 1 2008, September The Welfare of Each Member,End-of-life Planning: How Friends Can Help Those Making Intense Decisions by Martha Morris

Langley Hill (VA) Meeting Creates Needed Information Packet by John Surr
Volume 16 Issue 2 2009, January The Welfare of Each Member,Sensing the Spirit in Planning Memorial Services by Sue Heath
Volume 16 Issue 3 2009, March Pastoral Care for Marriage and Divorce,A Well-arranged Wedding: Modern Complexity Challenges Quaker Simplicity by Nancy Taylor
Volume 16 Issue 4 2009, June Pastoral Care for Marriage and Divorce,Meeting Support of Marriage and Couple Relationships by Patricia McBee

Madison (WI) Meeting Offers Monthly Couples' Sessions by Dave Minden and Pamela Minden
Volume 17 Issue 1 2009, September The Welfare of Each Member,Keeping the North Star in View When Finances Turn South by Carolyn Hilles

Making 'Stone Soup' in Troubling Times Like These by David William McKay
Volume 17 Issue 2 2010, January Care of the Meeting Community,"Quaker Quest: Isn't it Time to Speak Out with Clarity and Passion? by Harry Forrest and Lois Forrest

Haverford (PA) Celebrates, Shares 'Spirit of Faith' by Ben Lloyd"
Volume 17 Issue 3 2010, March The Welfare of Each Member,Spirituality & Aging: Creating a Pastoral Care Approach by George Schaefer

Meetings Explore Ways to Nurture Aging Friends – Millville (PA) Friends Meeting

Meetings Explore Ways to Nurture Aging Friends-Middletown (PA) Meeting and Concord Quarter by David and Juliana Bates
Volume 17 Issue 4 2010, June Care of the Meeting Community,Faith in Action: Friends Respond to Hunger and Homelessness by Martha Morris

Friends Can Help the Homeless in Many Ways by Ed Hotchkiss
Volume 18 Issue 1 2010, September Care of the Meeting Community,"How to Add Spirit, Spice, and Kids to Your Meeting by Norval Reece

Faith & Play for FDS Inspires Spiritual Renewal by Joy Duncan"
Volume 18 Issue 2 2011, January Care of the Meeting Community,Quaker Principles Give Parents Nurturing Foundation by Harriet E. Heath and Larue Evans

Moorestown's Parenting Classes Enrich Families & Meeting by Marty Smith
Volume 18 Issue 3 2011, March Care of the Meeting Community,"Finding New Ways to Enfold Families, Children by Beth Collea

How Children Learn, Grow Within a Faith Community by Sue D ietz"
Volume 18 Issue 4 2011, June Care of the Meeting Community,Meetings and Schools: Caring for the 'Care Relationship' by Deborah Lyons

Westfield (NJ) Friends Share Close School/Meeting Bonds by Suzanne Day
Volume 19 Issue 1 2011, September Care of the Meeting Community,How Meetings Can Reach Out to Underserved Children by Monique Begg

Quaker Voluntary Service: Faith in Action Transforms Lives by Christina Repoley
Volume 19 Issue 2 2012, January Care of the Meeting Community,Camp Programs Form BYM's Most Dynamic Outreach by Tasha Walsh

Dark Waters and Onas Experiences Transform Lives by Carol Suplee

Quaker Camping through Lens of Another's Faith by Bucky Rogers and Kate Fussner
Volume 19 Issue 3 2012, March The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,Making Choices: Where Pastoral Care & Environmental Concerns Meet by Patricia McBee

California Friends Seek New Earth Care Testimony by Shelley Tanenbaum and Kathy Barnhart

Bridging the Gap Between Intention and Reality by Margaret Mansfield
Volume 19 Issue 4 2012, June The Role of the Pastoral Caregiver,"PCN: Looking Back and Moving Forward by Patricia McBee

Writers Exemplify Faith in Action on Many Levels by Carol Suplee

PCN Founder Reflects on Newsletter's Mission by Carol Suplee

Facing Difficult Decisions: Spirit-guided Patience, Listening & Time Foster Unity by Susan Taylor and Martha Morris

PYM Will Launch New E-Newsletter by Christie Duncan-Tessmer