If the Religious Society of Friends is to have a future, it will need the dynamic engagement and leadership of young people. For the past five years, Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) has been an expanding experiment in nurturing leadership in young Quakers and seekers. Young adults work full-time in professional positions in community-based service and justice-seeking organizations while living in a cooperative house and worshiping with—and being mentored by—local Quakers. QVS connects with the Quaker movement at a place that has been critical for generations of Friends—at the intersection where our experience of God leads us to Spirit-grounded service with and for others. Christina Repoley, the founding executive director of QVS, will share from her experience of taking this leading into concrete action, reflecting on Friends process and wisdom along the way, and peering into the future of QVS as it relates to the future of the Religious Society of Friends.
The 2017-2018 class of Quaker Voluntary Service Fellows will be at Pendle Hill for orientation. Come and meet them and the QVS staff, too! For more information about QVS, visit www.quakervoluntaryservice.org.
Christina Repoley is the founding executive director of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) and a member of Atlanta Friends Meeting. She is a 2002 graduate of Guilford College and received a Master of Divinity in 2011 from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. She serves on the Board of Directors of Friends Fiduciary Corporation and the advisory board of Peace Builders Camp at Koinonia Farm. Her writing has appeared in Friends Journal and Quaker Life, and she has been the invited speaker at various events including the 2014 Philadelphia Yearly Meeting William Penn Lecture and Guilford College’s 2014 Commencement Exercises. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and children.