New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Ministry & Counsel Meeting


Saturday, February 13, 2016 (All day)


2016-2-07 Pastoral Care Updates

Update on Pastoral Care Working Group Collaboration with Woolman Hill

Heidi Nortonsmith (Northampton, MA) co-convener of the Pastoral Care Working Group and Margaret Cooley (Mt. Toby, MA) Director of Woolman Hill reported on a conversation they had around possibilities for future programs around pastoral care at Woolman Hill. They discovered that questions for exploration on this topic seemed to fall into two areas of focus:

  1. Clarity about the work: What is pastoral care?
  2. Discernment, and limitations: How do I discern if I am called to do pastoral care work? What are the limits of this work?

Margaret announced that she has received an offer from FUM’s North American Ministries- via Leslie Manning (Durham, ME)-to provide a pastoral care weekend workshop aimed at helping monthly meetings provide better pastoral care.  The discussion of what is next is ongoing, and may at some point include an NEYM consultation to more fully consider what is meant by pastoral care.


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