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Fall Friend in Residence - Christopher Sammond

Earlham School of Religion will welcome Christopher Sammond the week of October 3-7 as Friend in Residence. Christopher, a graduate of United Theological Seminary, is currently General Secretary for New York Yearly Meeting. During his time at ESR, he will present at Common Meal, Peace Forum, joint seminary worship, and also offer a workshop.

Christopher SammondFor Common Meal on Tuesday October 4th, Sammond's talk, Drawn By Christ or How Jesus Brought Me to Himself, Despite All My Best Efforts will share aspects of his spiritual journey, particularly how he has been changed from a self-satisfied Christophobic Friend to a lover and follower of Jesus.

For Peace Forum on October 6th, which is jointly hosted by ESR and Bethany Theological Seminary, he will present “We Are Called to Be Faithful, Not Effective, But...”, a talk that grows out of his many years witnessing Friends and others laboring hard to create peace in the world.  Christopher believes that we can learn from our experience and that that can shape our faithful action, even though we never know what seeds we are planting for the future. At Joint Seminary Worship on Friday October 7, Christopher will deliver the message, "Trusting in Our Own Righteousness" inspired by Luke 18:9-14.

And Friday afternoon, October 7, he will offer a workshop entitled “Opening to the Reign of God” which will be an experiential workshop delving into what Jesus was trying to open his followers to as he repeatedly taught them that the Kingdom (Reign, Commonwealth) of God was present and at hand. In this workshop participants will enter into these parables, hoping to catch glimpses of what Jesus was trying to impart to his followers. Workshop participants are invited to join us for lunch at noon. The workshop will be 12:45-4:00 pm. There is no fee, but RSVP's are requested for a count. (isbelje@earlham.edu or 765-983-1585)

Christopher Sammond Bio:

Christopher Sammond currently serves New York Yearly Meeting (NYYM) as its General Secretary.  Over the past twenty-five years he has led workshops and brought messages in a wide variety of Friends' contexts.  He is a graduate of United Theological Seminary, where he focused on Spirit-led Leadership and the wounding capacity inherent in power and privilege. 

Christopher has served as a spiritual counselor at a drug and alcohol treatment center, and as a chaplain in hospice and hospital settings.  He is trained in spiritual direction, and in supporting the spiritual formation of whole congregations.  Christopher carries a concern for faithfulness, and has traveled extensively in the ministry. 

He has served as both clerk and recording clerk of Northern Yearly Meeting, and has served on both Friends General Conference's Central Committee and Friends United Meeting's General Board.  He has brought messages or led workshops at Northern, Illinois, Philadelphia and New York Yearly Meetings, as well as at the FGC Gathering and Pendle Hill.  He has also visited Chwele, East Africa Yearly Meeting North, Elgon East, El Salvador, North Pacific, and Uganda Yearly Meetings. 

In his work as general secretary of NNYM, Christopher understands the core of his work to be helping others to release their gifts in ministry. He lives in central New York State with his wife Barbara, and their dog, Gabe.  He is a member of Poplar Ridge MM, a semi-programmed, pastoral meeting. 

Event Date: 
10/03/2011 (All day) - 10/07/2011 (All day)