Quaker Leadership Center (QLC)

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Who are we?

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.

We are a ministry of ESR but seek to serve and connect a wide variety of Quaker leaders.

What is our Mission?

In a time of rapid cultural and congregational change,

We equip Quaker leaders to faithfully adapt by: 

  • Cultivating new connections among diverse Quaker expressions
  • Collaborating with existing partners to revitalize leaders and their ministry contexts 
  • Curating relevant resources from the wider world of faith and leadership 
  • Convening conversations about common concerns and new possibilities 
  • Creating spaces where leaders find their path to ministry and groups discern their vital futures
  • Companioning leaders and like-minded Friends as they incubate new ministries 

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Tell a Story

Friendly Reminder: Tell a Story By Andy Stanton-Henry We recently gathered for our second annual QLC Quaker Leadership Conference. In case you missed out, our theme this year was “Stories for the Future.” Together, we explored how we tell the story of the Quaker movement that evokes possibility for the future. Storytelling…

Tell the Whole Story

Friendly Reminder: Tell the Whole Story By Andy Stanton-Henry In the last Friendly Reminder, I invited you to “tell a story” — to incorporate more narrative into your life, love, and leadership. Today, I would like to be a bit more specific in my invitation: “tell the whole story.” By “whole story,”…

Friendly Reminder: Stop Firing Your Friends

Stop Firing Your Friends By Andy Stanton-Henry I recently read an article in The Atlantic about a trend that has taken hold within interpersonal relationships. When a friend lets us down, displays a disappointing character trait, or holds an opinion that is opposed to ours, we “fire” them. Maybe we simply ghost…

Friendly Reminder: Attempt Repair

Attempt Repair By Andy Stanton-Henry In the last Friendly Reminder, I invited Friends to “accept influence,” drawing on the wisdom of the Gottman Love Labs. This time, I find myself drawn to another concept from Gottman’s system for long-term relationships: “the repair attempt.” The Gottmans define a repair attempt as “any statement…

Friendly Reminder: Accept Influence

By Andy Stanton-Henry One of the common definitions of leadership is the ability to influence others. John Maxwell famously says: “Leadership is influence — nothing more, nothing less.” It’s not a bad definition. We see the world as it is, envision the world as it could be, and seek to reduce that…

Phone a Friend

By Andy Stanton-Henry Friendly Reminder: A Bi-Weekly Reflection from the Quaker Leadership Center One of my spiritual heroes is Thomas Merton. His writing and contemplative witness have shaped my life in many ways. One of the interesting parts of Merton’s biography is that he intersected with Quakers and Quakerism at several points….

Meet your QLC team

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

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Della Stanley-Green

Director

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 MBAOnline@UDayton 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. 

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Katrina McConaughey

Administrative Assistant

Katrina McConaughey is a lifelong Quaker originally from the Pacific Northwest. She recently relocated to central Indiana with her husband Shawn, after serving a four-year term with Friends United Meeting in Kenya. She is most proud of having raised two awesome adult children, but also loves gardening and is almost as proud to have grown a six pound sweet potato this year!