Spreading the fire : challenging and encouraging Friends through travel in the ministry

by Debbie Humphries

Other authorsChel Avery (Editor), Mary Helgesen Gabel (Designer)
Pamphlet, 2015



Call number

CP 436


Wallingford, PA : Pendle Hill Publications, 2015.

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Humphries relates her experience with being led to travel in the ministry, with a concern to support Friends in spiritual deepening and centering their lives in faith. Such ministry is an old form of Quaker ministry that fell into disuse by the 20th century. One of this pamphlet's purposes is to familiarize modern Quakers with the practice and encourage meetings to take advantage of it when offered. She explains her preparation for this ministry, how her meeting supports and oversees it, and lessons she has learned about how to do it. She includes observations on the spiritual condition of New England Friends today (the region where she has mostly traveled with this ministry), that are challenging and helpful.
This is clearly written, thoughtful, and informative about the revival of an effective Friends' practice for fostering spiritual life.
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LibraryThing member kaulsu
Traveling in the Ministry has always seemed to me to be a high calling. In the 17th and 18th centuries--even the 19th century-- traveling speakers were literally a godsend. Today, they are, eh! A pain in the "schedule." Humphries doesn't seem to pay attention to the "head count."

I often tell myself that I'm not gifted with vocal ministry. Is this true, or is it just that I do not trust the Lord (or myself) to send the message clearly enough?

Humphries shares several of the messages that she was given on her travels. One spoke very clearly to me: "...if 'no' is not an option, our 'yes' becomes meaningless.... For the 'yes' to be meaningful, we need to be ready to make people uncomfortable, to use serious discernment in our Quaker culture, which prides itself on being welcoming and accepting of diversity" (pp 16, 17).

This is true for each of us, for all of our lives.
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