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I teach philosophy and peace studies at St. Lawrence University, and play flutes.

QLHE: Rethinking the Holy Experiment

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presents:

Rethinking the Holy Experiment: Decolonizing Quakerism

What is the work of decolonization? How might it impact Quakerism, our testimonies, and our organizations?

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
7:30-9 pm, eastern
To register: tinyurl.com/FAHE-05-24-22

Presenters:
Cherice Bock
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.S., Antioch University New England
Ph.D. candidate, Antioch University New England
Adjunct Professor
Portland Seminary
Creation Justice Advocate
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Christy Randazzo
PhD, University of Birmingham
Adjunct Professor
Montclair State University, NJ
University of St. Joseph, CT

Moderator:
Ada Jaarsma
Professor of Philosophy
Mount Royal University

This panel will focus on addressing the necessity of reimagining Quakerism at its foundations, with an explicitly decolonial focus. This will include offering a brief explanation of what the work of decolonizing entails generally, along with an examination of the potential ways that this process could be applied to Quakerism in terms of our theology, our testimony, as well as the practical impacts of such an approach on our institutions. Cherice Bock and Christy Randazzo will discuss the both the challenges and opportunities they encountered as they organized a recent panel on decolonizing the Quaker Peace Testimony for the Quaker Theological Discussion Group (QTDG). with an eye to offering those in attendance some potential frameworks for continuing this work within their own meetings, churches, and institutions

Bios:

Cherice Bock lives in Oregon, on the lands of the Kalapuya (now part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). She is adjunct professor of ecotheology at Portland Seminary, and she leads Oregon Interfaith Power & Light at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. She began teaching in the theology department at University of Portland in the fall of 2020.  In the 2018–2019 school year, she served as visiting professor of environmental studies at The Oregon Extension. Bock holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.S. in environmental studies from Antioch University New England, and she is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental studies at Antioch University New England. Bock edits the Barclay Press curriculum Illuminate, edited the environmental studies journal Whole Terrain for three volumes, and curates web content for the watershed discipleship website, a ministry of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries. She is the co-chair for the Quaker Theological Discussion group and is the social media editor for Quaker Religious Thought.

Christy Randazzo (PhD, University of Birmingham) teaches at both Montclair State University (New Jersey, USA) and the University of St. Joseph (Connecticut, USA), where they offer courses on religious peacemaking, introduction to religious studies, and the intersections between theology and peace work. They have also done ministry across multiple religious communities in diverse settings, including youth ministry, religious education, and social ministries amongst unhoused populations. They have written in a variety of both academic and popular settings, including the Quaker biblical studies series Illuminate, and two books for the Brill Quaker Studies series, including the upcoming A Quaker Ecotheology of Light. Christy is both an editor for the Politics of Scripture on the Political Theology Network, and the co-chair of the Quaker Theological Discussion Group.

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Pendle Hill Advancement Job Openings

New Pendle Hill Job Openings: Expanding Fundraising Capacity

Pendle Hill has several job opportunities available for those interested in joining a multi-faceted, community-centered, organization. Most recently, the following openings in the Advancement department have been published:

The Advancement Associate is responsible for the administration and oversight of Pendle Hill’s donor database, Raiser’s Edge.  In addition, the Advancement Associate supports Pendle Hill’s fundraising team by providing administrative and operational support to advance Pendle Hill’s annual fund, planned giving, grants, and major gift programs.

The Grants Writer is primarily responsible for identifying and securing grant resources (from foundations and other grant-making entities). Key to success in this role is developing and writing grant proposals, relationship building with foundations, persuasively communicating Pendle Hill’s mission and vision to well-matched funders, and stewarding related plans, records, and communications.

These positions will contribute to an expanding fundraising team at this Quaker study, retreat, and conference center that seeks to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives through learning opportunities, retreat, and community created on our beautiful 24-acre campus in unceded Lenni-Lenape territory and in virtual settings. This is a highly collaborative staff community featuring responsive leadership and partial work-from-home arrangements for office-based employees. Community-building among staff is highly prized with monthly fun activities as part of staff meeting and two longer staff retreat days a year for fun, growth, and connection among all staff. For more information about these positions and working at Pendle Hill, please visit the full job postings, linked above, or the Employment page of the Pendle Hill website.

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QLHE: Toward a Quaker Testimony of Labor

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presented:

Toward a Quaker Testimony of Labor:  
What Do Our Experiences as Quakers Within Higher Education Institutions Tell Us About Our Lived, Embodied Quaker Theology?

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
7:30-9 pm, eastern

Presenters:
Windy Cooler
Doctoral Candidate
Lancaster Theological Seminary

Tom Hamm
Professor of History  
Quaker Scholar in Residence
Earlham College

Moderator:
Trayce N. Peterson
MA student/instructor
Human Rights Practice
University of Arizona

Bios:

Windy Cooler is an embraced public Friend whose ministry is held under the care of Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, Baltimore Yearly. She earned an MDiv from Earlham School of Religion in 2021 and is Pendle Hill’s 2020 Cadbury Scholar. A current doctoral candidate at Lancaster Theological Seminary, her work incorporates ethnography and the Quaker tradition of discernment processes to help communities move forward in the Light. Windy a frequent guest of monthly and yearly meetings in the US where she has researched, lectured and given workshops on the connection between caregiving responses and justice in peer-to-peer ministry. She lives with her husband Erik and son Ob in Greenbelt, MD, and has an adult daughter, Maggie.

Tom Hamm is a lifelong Friend with roots that go back to the beginnings of Quakerism–one of his ancestors signed George Fox’s death certificate in 1691. He is a native of New Castle, Indiana. He went to Butler University on a debate scholarship, majoring in history. On graduating in 1979, he went on to Indiana University in Bloomington for his Ph.D. in history, which he completed in 1985. After teaching for two years at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, he joined the faculty at Earlham College. There he taught history and served as archivist and director of special special collections in the library. Now moving toward retirement, he is currently Professor of History and Quaker Scholar in Residence and holds the Trueblood Chair in Christian Thought. At Earlham, he has been actively involved in faculty governance and is currently the clerk of the faculty. Tom has written extensively on Quaker history. His dissertation became his first book, The Transformation of American Quakerism: Orthodox Friends, 1800-1907 (Indiana University Press, 1988), received the Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History for best first book in American religious history. His other books include God’s Government Begun: The Society for Universal Inquiry and Reform 1842-1846 (Indiana University Press, 1995); Earlham College: A History, 1847-1997 (Indiana University Press, 1997); The Quakers in America (Columbia University Press, 2003); and Liberal Quakerism in America in the Long Nineteenth Century, 1790-1920 (Brill, 2020). He edited Quaker Writings, 1650-1920 (Penguin Classics, 2012). He has also been the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with four different chapters currently in press. He has completed a book-length manuscript on Hicksite Friends in the nineteenth century, and is currently at work on a project on Quakers and the Civil War and a collection of the writings of North Carolina Friend Mary Mendenhall Hobbs. An active Friend, Tom has served as monthly meeting clerk and as recording clerk of Indiana Yearly Meeting and the New Association of Friends. He has spoken at numerous Quaker venues, including Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting. He was book review editor for Quaker History from 1990 to 2020, and has served on the editorial boards of Quaker History, and Quaker Studies. From 1993 to 2011, he was a member of the Indiana Library and Historical Board, serving as president 2001-2011. He has also served on the Pendle Hill board, including three years as assistant clerk. Tom and his wife Mary Louise Reynolds live in Richmond, Indiana, near the Earlham campus and across the street from West Richmond Friends Meeting, where he is now a member.

Trayce Peterson is a native of Philadelphia, PA, and grateful for her formative education experiences at Lansdowne, Media, and Providence Friends schools. She received her B.A. and her Master’s of Divinity from Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Tucson, AZ, and is a grad student and instructor in the Human Rights Practice program at the University of Arizona. She is an active member and on the League of Women Voters Greater Tucson board. Trayce is the co-founder of SplitSeed Productions, which uses art-based interventions to inform, educate, and explore issues of human rights. An avid film lover, she is a member of a team working on a film that profiles the work of four longtime Chicana feminist activists at the forefront of immigration rights organizing here in Southern Arizona. Among Friends, Trayce serves on the American Friends Service Committee Nominating Committee and is a General Committee member and co-clerk of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion working group of the Friends Committee National Legislation.

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FAHE Conference 2022 Registration

43rd Annual Meeting of the Friends Association for Higher Education

On June 14-15, 2022, FAHE will hold its annual conference virtually via Zoom, hosted remotely by Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion.

Registration is now open!

Link to registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fahe-virtual-conference-2022-quakers-and-racial-justice-tickets-293872730247

The Friends Association for Higher Education was conceived in 1979 by a group of educators seeking to bring together faculty, staff and administrators at historically Quaker colleges and universities, as well as Friends teaching at other institutions. Since its founding, FAHE has met annually at Friends institutions of higher education around the US and beyond, engaging educators and scholars in ongoing dialogue around Quaker concerns in higher education. From the very beginning, Friends have embraced a strong commitment to education, and Friends schools and colleges have attracted and welcomed both Quaker and non-Quaker educators alike who resonate with the historic Friends commitment to educating the whole person, guided by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and (especially in recent decades) sustainability.

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QLHE: In Search of Integrity

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presented:

In Search of Integrity
Across the Higher Education Landscape

What has worked in helping you navigate situations where you could easily fall short of full integrity?

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Presenter:
Emma Jones Lapsansky
Emeritus Professor of History and
Curator of the Quaker Collection  
Haverford College

Moderator:
David R. Ross
Research Professor
Department of Economics
Bryn Mawr College

Bio:
Emma Jones Lapsansky is Emeritus Professor of History and Curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College, near Philadelphia, PA, where she continues to teach and to consult with students and with scholars who visit Haverford’s Quaker Collections.

After a one-year break in her undergraduate education to work in the Mississippi civil rights movement with the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches, she received her BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate in American Civilization from the same institution. Her research interests and publications include Quaker history, African-American history and especially the intersection between the two, as well as Pennsylvania history, the American West, and various aspects of American social and material-culture history.

With Gary Nash and Clayborne Carson, Lapsansky has authored Struggle for Freedom, a college text on African American History, the third edition of which appeared in 2018. She is also a co-author on the Pearson Education high-school American History text, and was a member of the team that recently revised the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum (APUSH) 2009.
Lapsansky frequently consults to museums and to pre-collegiate curriculum developers on enriching and enlivening public history and classroom history presentations, as well as to authors seeking editorial and/or research advice. See has been an invited lecturer at Earlham College, Guilford College, and George Fox College, Villanova University, and University of Pennsylvania, among others, as well as at a number of Quaker colleges, Meetings, and study centers. She is currently at work on two projects: a history of a Bryn Mawr Quaker family; and a study of a mid-twentieth-century Philadelphia multi-cultural intentional community.

Having been an active member of the governing board of the Organization of American Historians, a Board member of the Library Company of Philadelphia, and an Advisory Board member of the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, Friends’ Central School, the American Friends Service Committee, and Friends Journal, she currently teaches Quaker History and First-Year Writing at Haverford College, and continues to publish and lecture widely on various history topics.

A member of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting, in Lansdowne PA, she is the parent of three Friends’ schools’ graduates, and she now serves on the oversight committee of the Lansdowne Friends School, as well as on the oversight editorial committee for Pendle Hill Pamphlets, and the governing board of Friends’ Historical Association.

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Stony Run Friends Meeting Job Opportunity

Stony Run Friends Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, is hiring an Operations Coordinator.

The Operations Coordinator will support the work of Stony Run’s volunteer committees and working groups and help connect us to the wider, diverse Baltimore community.   The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills. They will bring technical, non-profit financial, and organizational skills to creatively communicate and distribute Meeting news, publicize events, track membership, record donations and expenditures with the Meeting’s bookkeeper, update the website, and maintain historical documents.   

The Operations Coordinator will collaborate with the Facilitator to support our social justice efforts, to diversify and grow the Meeting, to expand religious education for all age groups particulary young families, and to help our community welcome people newly interested in Quakerism and Stony Run. 

The Operations Coordinator position is full-time, exempt (37.5 hours per week), which may include   evenings, and weekends. The proposed salary range is $54,000 -$58,000 annually.  The Operations Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Committee for Support and Supervision.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Interpersonal skills: Emphathetic problem solver. Ability to convey information clearly and accurately.
  • Technical skills: Tech-savy using Microsoft and social media for marketing and promotion.
  • Organizational skills: Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Keen eye for detail.
  • Familiarity with the Religious Society of Friends and the Quaker process a plus.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital, or veteran status.

Click HERE for the full job description. Or visit our website at: Stonyrunfriends.org Select About Stony Run, and scroll down for the description.

For more information about the position and to apply please visit (link) and apply before April 30, 2022. Promising candidates will be invited for an interview. All applicants will be notified of our decision by May 31.

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New Pendle Hill Job Openings

Pendle Hill Seeking Additional Kitchen and Fundraising Roles

Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center that offers programs to people of all faiths and backgrounds, is expanding its staff! It has several job opportunities available for those interested in joining a multi-faceted, community-centered, organization in which staff collaborate to fulfill its vision of creating peace with justice in the world by transforming lives. Most recently, the following openings have been published:

Annual Fund Coordinator – this role works with the Advancement Director to plan and implement a comprehensive fundraising program for Pendle Hill and is dually responsible for preparation of mail appeals and oversight of the development database, The Raiser’s Edge.

Cook – this role shares in the responsibility for planning and cooking three meals a day, year-round, for buffet-style meal service that varies in size from approximately 10 to 120 persons. Meals are prepared from scratch using raw ingredients often sourced from Pendle Hill’s organic garden or nearby farms.

For more information about all of these positions and working at Pendle Hill, please visit the full job postings, linked above, or the Employment page of the Pendle Hill website.

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Pendle Hill Job Openings

Pendle Hill Seeks Director and Guest Services Roles

Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center that offers programs to people of all faiths and backgrounds, has several job openings available: Director of Advancement, Director of Finance, Director of Operations, Guest Services Manager, Guest Services Associate, and Housekeeping Associate:

Director of Advancement – This role embodies an appreciation for the Pendle Hill community, fostering relationships and ongoing engagement with its close-in and broader constituencies and crafting short and long-term fundraising strategy to strengthen philanthropic support for Pendle Hill.

Director of Finance – This role serves as the primary source of financial information across the organization, working with the executive director to keep all those with financial responsibilities – from the board to staff members with responsibility over individual budget lines – on the same page.

Director of Operations – This role provides leadership in all areas of Guest Services including Dining Services, Conference Sales, Hospitality, and Housekeeping on a campus of 13 buildings with a guest/resident population that may be as few as ten or as many as 100.

Guest Services Manager – This role actively and efficiently manages the hospitality and registration services for Pendle Hill programs and events in a way that reflects the Pendle Hill mission and commitment to “radical hospitality.”

Guest Services Associate – This role provides event and group support under the direction of the Guest Services Manager, providing excellent customer service to a variety of adult spiritual seekers, students, families, and groups on campus.

Housekeeping Associate – This role provides a welcoming, clean, and safe environment for all scholars, guests and staff at Pendle Hill, in keeping within our mission, vision, and values, as well as our commitment to radical hospitality. Full-time and Part-time roles available!

For more information about all of these positions and working at Pendle Hill, please visit the full job postings, linked above, or the Employment page of the Pendle Hill website.

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QLHE: Universal Design in the Classroom

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presents:

Universal Design in the Classroom: Inclusivity and Hospitality

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
7:30-9 pm, eastern

To register: tinyurl.com/FAHE-02-22-22

Presenters:
Zoe Arditi
Research Coordinator
Mount Sinai Hospital
Haverford College Class of 2020
https://vimeo.com/537841064

Jane Dryden
Professor of Philosophy
Mount Allison University

Jharna Jahnavi
First-year Medical Student
Larner College of Medicine
University of Vermont
Haverford College Class of 2019

Moderator:
Ada Jaarsma,
Professor of Philosophy
Mount Royal University

Bios:
Zoe Arditi, Research Coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. Haverford College Class of ’20 alumni interested in the practice and accessibility of medicine.

Jane Dryden is a philosophy professor at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, where she teaches courses on history of philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy of disability, aesthetics, and biomedical ethics.

Jharna Jahnavi (she/her) is a first-year medical student at Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. She was a Haverford College class of 2019 Biology major and is interested in accessibility for marginalized students in STEM, higher education, and medicine.

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QLHE: Supporting Vocation

Supporting Vocation: Helping Students Navigate a Neoliberal Culture
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Jen and Greg have been developing a vocational discernment curriculum for college students and young adults rooted in Quaker practices for Quakers and non-Quakers alike. In this presentation, they shared key concepts and practical tools and activities from that work, which can help students engage their own inner teacher and values, and continue to grapple with questions of vocation in a changing world.

Their work is being supported by the Forum for Theological Exploration and the Lyman Fund.

Presenters:

Jennifer Higgins-Newman
Program Director
Beacon Hill Friends House
Master of Theological Studies
Vanderbilt Divinity School

Greg Woods
Program Consultant
Beacon Hill Friends House
Master of Divinity
Princeton Theological Seminary

Moderator:
Walter Hjelt Sullivan
Director of Quaker Affairs
Haverford College

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