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Where the Wind Blows: Vitality Among Friends

By Jay W. Marshall

Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Earlham Press (June 30, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Price: $11.95

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Imagine two churches or meetings located on opposite sides of the street in Anytown, U.S.A. Who can say with certainty why one thrives for generations and the other never does? Or why, with similar histories in terms of attendance, one congregation suddenly explodes with new growth while the other dwindles? A variety of factors influence patterns of growth and vitality. In 1998, Earlham School of Religion conducted a national consultation during which Friends discussed their hopes and fears regarding the state of the Religious Society of Friends. On numerous occasions, the School heard reports of vitality that deserved further investigation. Where the Wind Blows is the result of surveys and conversations with nine groups of Friends. This project had two primary goals: 1. share positive news of worship and ministry among Friends, and 2. create a resource for Friends seeking assistance with their own quest for vitality. Earlham School of Religion is pleased to offer this book in service to its constituents and other interested readers.