M.Div. Emphasis – Quaker Ministry

Within Friends meetings and beyond, Quaker values speak to the condition of people who seek stronger relationships with God, humankind and all creation. This appeal springs from the Spirit-led nature of the Quaker faith and its commitment to testing those leadings in community with others. Friends rich history, beliefs and practices have much to offer the world

The Quaker ministry emphasis explores Friends understandings of God, humanity, faith and practice. These provide a rich context for considering how ministry is offered individually and within corporate settings. 


Courses in the Quaker Ministry emphasis include Quaker Public Ministry; Quaker History and Literature; Quaker Beliefs; Modern Quaker Life and Thought; and the Creation of Modern Quaker Diversity.

Students, prospective students and others interested in pastoral care should plan to attend the  Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling Annual Conference, held each spring.

Recent and upcoming Quaker Ministry courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourse NameCourse Type
2021SpringSP 320Quaker Encounters with BuddhismResidential and blended
2021JanuaryQS 390-TQuaker SpiritualityTwo-week intensive
2020FallQS 150Introduction to QuakerismResidential and blended
2020AugustQS 339-TQuakers and the BibleTwo-week intensive
2020SpringQS 107Quaker History and LiteratureResidential
2020JanuaryQS 377-TQuaker Public MinistryTwo-week intensive

Our faculty

Earlham School of Religion teaching faculty create collaborative learning environments where students are engaged and challenged to think deeply and critically about matters of faith, theology and religious practice.

Next steps

Ministry isn’t just a vocation or a calling—it’s a way of being in this world, seeking to make it whole. ESR is ready to support you in answering your own call to ministry, whatever shape it takes.