Quaker Leadership Center (QLC)

The Quaker Leadership Center (QLC) was launched in 2022 by Earlham School of Religion (ESR) in Richmond, IN. Established in 1960 as a graduate theological division of Earlham College, ESR is the pre-eminent Quaker seminary in the United States. 

The Center is being funded with a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative, which is designed to help theological schools in the U.S. and Canada prioritize and respond to the most pressing challenges they face as they prepare pastoral leaders now and into the future.

1st Annual Quaker Leadership Conference

For Quaker leaders in meetings, churches, organizations and all who care about the future of Friends.

April 27 – April 29, 2023

Cost: $155/ea* (includes admit & food)
Register by April 15

*EC or ESR student or faculty member, student at another Quaker college, a Quaker leader under the age of 40, Advisory Council member, or a conference presenter are eligible for a discount code. Please make sure you have a code BEFORE completing your registration. If you need a code, please pause your registration process and email to [email protected] receive a code.

Our Mission

We live in a time of rapid cultural and congregational change. 

We equip Quaker leaders to faithfully adapt and innovate by:

  • cultivating new connections among diverse Quaker expressions
  • collaborating with existing partners to revitalize leaders and their Meetings and churches
  • curating relevant resources 
  • creating spaces for Friends leaders and congregations to discern their unique vital future

Upcoming events

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Contact us

Let us know if you have questions, concerns, visitation inquiry, or request for resources

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Della Stanley-Green


Della is excited to see where God is leading the Center, ESR and the whole of the Religious Society of Friends. She is a Recorded Minister in Western Yearly Meeting and a trained spiritual director.

She recently completed a three-year interim as the leader of the Interim Co-Superintendent Team for Western Yearly Meeting of Friends, (33 Quaker Meetings in western IN and eastern IL). She also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the [email protected] program teaching “The Principled
Organization: Integrating Faith, Ethics and Work.”

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Andy Stanton-Henry

Associate director

Andy is a writer, Quaker minister, chicken-keeper, and distraught Reds fan. He holds degrees from Barclay College and Earlham School of Religion, and is a doctoral student studying Open and Relational Theology. He carries a special concern for rural leaders, leading to his recently published book Recovering Abundance: Twelve Practices for Small-Town Leaders. Andy has also trained in spiritual direction, labyrinth facilitation, conflict transformation, and entrepreneurial ministry. A native Buckeye, Andy now lives in East Tennessee with his spouse, Ashlyn, their blue heeler Cassie, and their laying hens.