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Spreading the Fire: Challenging and Encouraging Friends through Travel in the Ministry

By Debbie Humphries

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #436 (April 2016)

Price: $7.50


In earlier times, far-flung Quaker meetings looked for spiritual deepening in the visits of traveling ministers. Debbie Humphries is one present-day Friend who has responded to a call to travel in ministry. In this new pamphlet she describes her preparation to serve this call faithfully and shares what she has learned from her experiences. One of her discoveries is that contemporary Friends derive much enrichment from the real-time, face-to-face worshipful encounters that take place through visiting ministry.

About the Author(s)

Debbie Humphries grew up Mormon and came to Quakerism in the early 1990s. Since then she has been a member of Ithaca Monthly Meeting, New York Yearly Meeting, Charleston (West Virginia) Monthly Meeting, Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association; and currently Hartford (Connecticut) Monthly Meeting and New England Yearly Meeting. She has served on numerous committees of Hartford Monthly Meeting and New England Yearly Meeting and is currently clerk of the Ministry and Counsel Committee of New England Yearly Meeting. Debbie teaches at the Yale School of Public Health and conducts research on public health nutrition and community health, both within the United States and internationally.

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #436