“…How do we make sense of the lives we are living? What values can give a satisfying shape and purpose to our lives? Where can we find insights on these questions? With whom can we share this search?” — Tom Jeavons, 2002
Outreach & Communications Resource Friends help our community thrive by providing support in the areas of media, web design, marketing, welcoming newcomers, and integrating newcomers. Through the teaching ministry, Resource Friends in Outreach & Communications offer informational tools and spirit-led experiential opportunities to facilitate learning, deepening of practice, and preparing Quaker communities for the essential work of inviting, welcoming, and retaining new members.
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Current Resource Friends
John Marquette, He/Him/His
Are you Zooming now? Are you back in the meetinghouse? Getting ready? What are Friends saying about developing a plan for hybrid worship?
PYM Meetings are beginning the process of moving, once again, from Zoom to in-person worship. Many monthly meetings have welcomed seekers with Zoom who have become regular attenders. Other meetings have been seeing long-time Friends on Zoom who are less mobile.
How do we keep our Zoom presence even as we open meetinghouse windows and dust off the bench cushions? A Resource Friend can help you plan for integrating everyone into worship.
PYM welcomes John Marquette, a member of Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting in Bethlehem, to the role of Resource Friend for Hybrid Meetings. John is available for email, phone, Zoom, and in-person consultation throughout the four-state area.
Linda Lotz, she/her/hers
Linda Lotz has been engaged in outreach and communications work at the local or national level for most of her life, usually in an effort to draw attention to a wide range of domestic and international issues. Previously, as Haddonfield Quarter Coordinator, she worked with representatives from Salem, Haddonfield and Burlington Quarters to create the SouthJerseyQuakers (SJQ) website with two goals in mind: to raise the visibility of the Religious Society of Friends in South Jersey and to strengthen community by sharing information about Friends’ activities and promoting intervisitation. The four-person SJQ team expanded activities related to the website to include advertising on Facebook, a monthly newsletter, and the SouthJerseyQuakers YouTube Channel. Underlying this all, she notes: “Given the slowly declining number of Friends, sensitive and effective outreach and welcoming of new Seekers are critical to the future of the Religious Society of Friends.”