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Consultation on Interpersonal Violence within Quaker Meetings

December 3, 2023 @ 3:00 pm 5:00 pm

Do you carry a concern for healing interpersonal violence that takes place within Quaker meetings, churches, and organizations? Join us for a cross-branch discussion about how we can address the impacts of abuse and how we can take preventative measures in our ministries.

Public minister Windy Cooler will lead this consultation, sharing about the Life and Power Project, which uses Quaker discernment practices to address abuse using the query: Do we live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of child abuse, as well as intimate partner abuse and all forms of violence within the family and community?

We will consider how we can learn from this model, give financially to this ministry, or get involved in the project.

Check out the Life and Power Project website and watch Windy’s QuakerSpeak video.

Windy’s Bio:

Windy Cooler, of Sandy Spring Meeting, describes herself as a practical theologian, public minister, good Quaker pirate, and cultural worker. She has been an embraced public minister since 2018, traveling widely among Friends with a concern for communities in crisis and Quaker family life. She was co-editor of Friends Journal’s News section (2018-23); the Pendle Hill 2020 Cadbury Scholar, a 2022-23 fellow of the interfaith NGO Odyssey Impact, and a current doctoral candidate at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

She is the convener of Testimonies to Mercy, a seven-part traveling retreat series on the future of Quakerism; and Life and Power, an international discernment project on abuse. She holds a master of divinity from Earlham School of Religion.