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An Invitation to Quaker Eldering: On Being Faithful to the Ministry of Spiritual Nurture Among Friends

By Elaine Emily and Mary Kay Glazer

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Inner Light Books (August 1, 2022)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Condition: New

Price: Original price was: $35.00.Current price is: $22.95.


There is a yearning and a need among Friends for a book about the Quaker spiritual practice, ministry, and discipline of eldering. A new emergence of eldering, part of a continuum beginning with early Quakers, has been bubbling up to meet the needs of our times. While there is no going back to the Quakerism of yore, we do have within us the same Spirit that has always brought forth the gifts of eldering among Friends.

This book will help guide, enrich, and nourish elders both seasoned in the gift and new to it. It may also open new understandings for meetings who want to encourage and support the elders among them, whether these elders are formally named or not. Each chapter ends with queries for reflection and discussion to help readers connect with their own experience and understanding. Additionally, varied stories from elders and others are included to illustrate the breadth and the depth of the experience of eldering.

It is hoped that these queries and stories will lead to openings in this vital ministry for individuals and meetings.