Philadelphia - Vibrant Quakerism, Living Witness

Vibrant Quakerism, Living Witness: Celebrating 50 Years of Earlham School of Religion's Ministry of Education

Saturday, October 3, 2009
Arch Street Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

1:30 pm Opening Remarks

1:45 pm Alumni/ae Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Faith and Practice in Life and Ministry

3:15 pm Break

3:30 pm Panel Discussion by Area Friends: The Intersection of Faith and Practice in Life and Ministry

5:00 pm Worship

5:30 pm Light refreshments for participants and early arrivals

6:00 pm Dinner Festivities

ESR Alumni/ae Panel

Micah Bales is a member of Heartland Monthly Meeting, Great Plains Yearly Meeting. This January, he completed his Master of Divinity Degree at ESR, with an emphasis in Ministry Among Unprogrammed Friends. Since graduation, he has traveled in the gospel ministry among Friends in the Great Plains region (Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas), as well as throughout the United States and Mexico. Micah currently lives in Washington, DC and works as Coordinator of Young Adult Engagement for ESR.

Shirley Dodson currently serves as Director of Communications at Pendle Hill, with responsibility for marketing and publications, including the Pendle Hill Pamphlets.  She previously organized conferences, retreats, and lecture series at Pendle Hill.  From 1988-98 I served as Coordinator of Adult Religious Education for Philadelphia YM, and from 1981-88 I was a Peace Field Secretary for Philadelphia YM and also taught in and helped to coordinate the Quaker Studies Program.  A lifelong Friend, Shirley is a member of Middletown Monthly Meeting, Concord Quarterly Meeting, and Philadelphia YM, where her husband, Rich Ailes, is clerk.  Shirley received her M.Div. from ESR in 1981, with an emphasis on Quaker theology and adult religious education. She grew up in Swarthmore, PA, and lives now, rather to her surprise, on the same block where she grew up.

Beth Lawn graduated in the spring of 2003 (by the grace of God and the determination of Stephanie Crumley-Effinger), with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling. She was born in western Pennsylvania and has lived in the Philadelphia area most of the last 38 years; currently lives in Chester, PA, a small city 10 miles from Philadelphia. She serves as a chaplain 2 days a week at a retirement center, is a member of the regional staff for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (coordinator for Concord Quarterly Meeting), as well as clerk of the Oversight and Pastoral Care Committee for Chester Monthly Meeting, where she is a member.

Eric Mayer received his M.Div. from ESR in 1994 with an emphasis in Peace and Justice Studies. He is also 2007 graduate of the FCE Leadership Institute with a research focus of "Composing a Sustainable Headship"  He is currently a member of the faculty at Westtown School, where he serves in several roles in including Clerk of Upper School Faculty, Department Chair of Religion, Founding Director of the Quaker Leadership Program, Institutional Advancement Officer, new faculty mentor, and Leadership Consultant for the Friends School League. He is a member of Westtown Monthly Meeting.

Area Friends Panel

Susan Corson-Finnerty has been publisher and executive editor of Friends Journal and CEO of Friends Publishing Corporation since 1999. In addition to the Journal her service among Friends includes being co-director of Powell House the first director of development for Princeton Friends School. She is passionate about the ministry of publishing, and the value of stimulating good conversation among Friends.

Carolyn Evans is an avid volunteer. A member of Newtown Monthly Meeting since 1978, her activities there include teaching First Day School and clerking various committee. In the wider community of Friends, she participates on committees devoted to education. She also works as a guide at Arch Street Meeting in Philadelphia, and as chair of the Grants Committee for a small foundation.

Arthur Larrabee is General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. He is a lawyer, and has served several in Monthly and Yearly Meeting roles, including Cerk of Yearly Meeting and Clerk of Interim Meeting.  He is widely known for his work as a consultant on matters of board governance and decision making.

Ed Marshall descends from a family line of Quakers and grew up in the Philadelphia area. His lifelong focus has been education. He holds a PhD in physics, and he is now in his 15th year as Head of Greene Street Friends School. Ed is Clerk of the Friends Education Fund, and he serves on the Board of Friends Central School and the Friends Council on Education. 

Event Date: 
10/03/2009 - 1:30pm - 8:00pm