Tri-Quarter 2021 Virtual Gathering Information
The news below has been adapted from web content and email information shared by Carleton Crispin on behalf of the South Jersey Quakers. At their September tri-quarter meeting, Friends in South Jersey shared presentations by Greenwich Meeting, Gary Smith, Rev. J. R. Norwood, Ph.D., and PYM’s Youth Religious Life Coordinator, Melinda Wenner Bradley. Friends who missed these interesting presentations can access links to the recordings. Brief content summaries are also included.
Welcoming families and youth – Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Religious Life Coordinator Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Creating an all-ages community is vital to the future of our Religious Society. This presentation explores possibilities for invitation, welcome, and inclusion of families and children in the life of local meetings.
- How can we prepare spaces and programs to welcome newcomers?
- How are we called to rethink practices and structures that are barriers to family and youth participation?
Participating Friends will return to their home meetings with a renewed vision and specific tools for growing together in spiritual community.
Spiritual Writings of First Quakers
A discussion on the spiritual message of the first generation of Quakers as expressed in their writings. We read several well-known quotes by George Fox, Margaret Fell, Robert Barclay, William Penn and John Woolman and discussed their influence on the Religious Society of Friends.
Dr. J.R. Norwood, Principal Justice of the Tribal Supreme Court of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation
The Rev. Dr. J.R. Norwood is a citizen of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, which he served for many years as the Principal Justice of the Tribal Supreme Court, a Councilman, and the senior minister to the Nanticoke-Lenape Tribal Christian Prayer Circle Ministry.
He is the Co-Chair of the Task Force on Federal Acknowledgment of the National Congress of American Indians and the General Secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes. He has represented his tribe at the national and international level and has written about and lectured on tribal history, culture, religion, and current concerns. Since 1992, Dr. Norwood has served as the senior pastor of the Ujima Village Christian Church of Ewing, NJ, and is also the founder and director of the Christian Mission School of Theology.
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