New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Dwelling in Watchfulness: A Weekend for People with a Concern for Ministry


Friday, March 15, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, March 17, 2019 (All day)


Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting Barnesville , OH


This weekend is intended for Friends who are active in vocal ministry, have perhaps had their consistent service recognized by their meetings, and in some way carry in themselves a sense of having a special drawing to and gift for such ministry. The weekend will be a time to explore how our service is rooted in the life of our meetings, our growth in the gift, growing edges, inward work, challenges and joys. All attenders are asked to (re)read Samuel Bownas’s A Description of the Qualifications Necessary to a Gospel Minister. We will also make use of excerpts from Bownas’s Journal, and other ministers’ accounts of their lives and work.

Brian Drayton, of Souhegan (NH) Meeting (New England Yearly Meeting), is a plant ecologist working in science education. A recognized minister, he has traveled extensively among Friends. He has also given workshops, retreats, and addresses on topics in Quaker history and belief for many Friends meetings, and has a particular concern to encourage ministers. His On Living With a Concern for Gospel Ministry has been among the best selling Quaker books of the past few years. More recent writings include A Language for the Inward Landscape (co-authored with William Taber), and the Pendle Hill pamphlets Getting Rooted and James Nayler Speaking.

To register for a weekend program, please email Ken Jacobsen () with your name, address, phone number, dietary needs, single ($20 extra) or double room, and the name of the weekend for which you want to register.

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Contact Information

Ken Jacobsen

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-6760 - [email protected]