2016 ESR Leadership Conference: "Coming Alive: Discerning the Next Chapter of Quaker Service" with Christina Repoley
If the Religious Society of Friends is to have a future, the dynamic engagement and leadership of young people will be key. Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is a new expression of a deep seed within our tradition. It is an experience that encourages the faith of young adult Friends and draws spiritual seekers into the Religious Society of Friends through transformational experiences of service and communal living, grounded in the context of supportive Friends meetings, churches, yearly meetings, and conferences. QVS is dedicated to working with local Friends meetings and churches in the United States to offer these opportunities for leadership development, spiritual formation, training in Quaker practices, professional experience, service, and justice. 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, 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.
Christina 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.