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The Nurture of Ministry: Quaker Practices Past and Present By Holly Stevens
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This report for New Garden Friends Meeting in Greensboro, N.C., provides a context for how nurture of Friends' ministries has been understood through the years. It begins with a review of Friends'... More > original practices, including the special relationship between the elder and the Gospel minister, and how the practice of recording began (and was eventually abandoned by some unprogrammed traditions). Then it focuses on recording practices as they evolved and diverged among North Carolina Quakers since the early 1800s. It concludes with some queries that invite corporate discernment by the monthly meeting around the issues of what ministry means, how it is identified, and how it can be nurtured. It calls for a classic Quaker view of ministry that is not confined to occupational offices. Though this report was written with one semi-programmed, progressive monthly meeting in mind, it would be of value to other monthly meetings wanting to explore new understandings of ministry and its nurture.< Less
Postscript: Information for My Loved Ones Before I Die By Holly Stevens
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A compendium of useful information for your loved ones to guide them in faithfully carrying out your wishes for end of life care, care and disposition of your body after death, notifications of... More > friends and others, the funeral or memorial service, obituaries and other details that need to be considered.< Less
After-Death Checklist for Survivors By Holly Stevens
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The death of a loved one, even when expected, can be a source of added stress. So much must be done in such a short time! A thorough checklist of common tasks in the first two weeks following a death... More > can help ease the strain on survivors. This checklist is especially designed for situations where the decedent did not provide complete instructions for after-death tasks before his or her death.< Less