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An Invitation to Quaker Eldering

Facilitators: Elaine Emily and Nancy Wilkerson
Elder: Mary Kay Glazer

Consecutive Saturdays:
May 11, 18, & 25, 2024

More info: Powell House

The heart and soul of Quaker eldering is multi-faceted, including spiritual formation, nurture, accompaniment, accountability, and more. While the definition of Quaker eldering can be elusive, this ministry, discipline, and grace contributes greatly to vital faith communities. In this experiential workshop, we will explore the gifts of elders, playing with the many facets of eldering as a spiritual gift. This workshop, on consecutive Saturdays, will integrate material from the book Invitation to Quaker Eldering, which Elaine and Mary Kay co-authored. We welcome to this workshop all who are curious about what it means to be a Quaker elder today, and those who would like to encourage this ministry in the meeting. Eldering book is available here: An Invitation to Quaker Eldering: On Being Faithful to the Ministry of Spiritual Nurture Among Friends.

Elaine Emily’s passion and work as a Quaker elder for the last four decades has brought her to the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and England, leading workshops on how to invite, how to notice, and how to tend the Spirit. Prior to this work, she earned her Master of Social Work; practiced psychotherapy; ran a group home for adolescent girls; did body, energy work and hands-on healing (Body Wisdom Therapies) for a number of years; and trained as a Kripalu yoga teacher. She has been a Spiritual Nurturer at Pendle Hill, and is a member of Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Elaine is also a spiritual Director and is a member of Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting in Berkeley, CA.
Nancy Wilkinson came to Friends in fall of 2000 seeking spiritual nourishment and deepening, and is indebted to those who have had the patience to accompany her on this journey. A social worker by both training and family history, her eldering experiences range from deep listening over tea and service on clearness and anchoring committees within her monthly meeting, to formal accompaniment of both ministers and groups. After praying for help in balancing body and spirit,  Nancy currently finds herself as clerk of Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Eldering Subcommittee of the Ministry Committee, Treasurer of Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting (where she is a member) and clerk of the board of Western Friend magazine.  When not listening to how Spirit is moving in Friends’ lives, she can be found knitting, swearing at Quickbooks, and listening for that of God wherever That may be found.
Mary Kay Glazer, who is serving as elder for this workshop, began her intentional path in the ministry of eldering in the mid-2000s when she attended one of Elaine Emily’s eldering workshops at Powell House. With Elaine and two others, she is co-author of the book Invitation to Quaker Eldering. She loves hanging out with people who long to be more loving and faithful. She participated in the School of the Spirit’s “On Being a Spiritual Nurturer” and has a master’s in Spiritual Formation and Leadership. She is a spiritual director and Life-Cycle Celebrant. She is a member of Rich Square Monthly Meeting, NCYM-C, and Greenville NC Friends Worship Group. Born into a Polish Roman Catholic family, she is named after the Blessed Virgin Mary.




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