Spiritual accompaniment : an experience of two Friends traveling in the ministry

by Cathy Walling

Other authorsElaine Emily (Author.)
Paper Book, 2014

Status

Available

Call number

CP 428

Publication

Wallingford, PA : Pendle Hill Publications, 2014.

ISBN

9780875744285

Description

Quaker lore is rich in the journals of early Friends who traveled in the ministry under the leading of the Spirit, but it offers little from the viewpoints of the companions who accompanied these ministers, praying with and for them, advising them, and helping them to remain faithful to their callings. Today, as this practice of spiritual accompaniment--or eldering--undergoes a resurgence among Friends, two such companions give us an account of eldering from the viewpoint of the companion and the minister she traveled with. In 2008, Elaine Emily visited Australia Yearly Meeting to offer workshops and ministry about eldering. Cathy Walling traveled with her as elder accompaniment. This jointly written account, expanding on Cathy's journal, explores the lessons, challenges, and gifts of that experience. It is offered in the hope of increasing our understanding of how eldering can be effectively and lovingly achieved, and in the hope that it will inspire other elders to offer their own firsthand accounts. Discussion questions included. -- Publisher's description.… (more)

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This pamphlet, in telling the story of these two friends traveling in the ministry in 2008, reflects extensively on the experience of spiritual accompaniment, or the kind of eldering support that Cathy delivered to Elaine. It is both fascinating and a valuable exploration of how and why to provide
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for such spiritual accompaniment and support. The clear implication is that spiritual support for each other is not only for traveling ministry, but is needed, indeed essential, for our ministry of all kinds in our meetings, families, and work in the world. The pamphlet offers practical help on learning how to attend to the Inner Teacher, in order to discern how to provide or ask for eldering support in all kinds of situations. It is a valuable addition to the modern Quaker literature reviewing the vital practice of Quaker eldering.
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