Share your Ministry
In the 21st century, the traveling ministry is an important way to realize our vision of a thriving and integrated network of Friends woven together in transformative faith. Our goal is still to further draw the strands of Quakerism in the Americas together into the rich tapestry that is the Religious Society of Friends.
Most recently, the Section of the Americas is organizing a volunteer corps of Spanish- and English-speaking Friends, to send as traveling ministers throughout the Section, crossing Yearly Meeting lines and other divisions among Friends.
The Traveling Ministry Corps uses traditional Quaker practices to build 21st century skills in cross-cultural dialogue and local leadership development in both rural and urban environments. These traveling Friends share their own spiritual experience and sense of unity that is possible across the branches of Friends. They encourage Friends to learn from one another, and following consultation and discernment with the local communities, proceed to minister through prayer, pastoral counseling and encouragement, religious education, or peace, justice and environmental concerns. Friends meet "face-to-face and heart-to-heart" to share both that which unites and that which divides them in the life of the Spirit. Open exchange builds understanding, respect, trust and love, and, with God's help, renews awareness of the worldwide family of Friends.
FWCC will accept applications from Friends who express concerns that are deeply rooted in the Spirit, and who can transcend differences and division to seek broader unity in the Light. FWCC will provide training, support, and accountability for those Friends who are chosen to travel in this ministry. Funding is available to support the travel expenses of the members of the traveling ministry corps. Local Friends Churches, Monthly and Yearly Meetings in the Americas that are affiliated can request a visitor.
QUAKERSPEAK: WHY TRAVELING MINISTRY IS VITAL FOR QUAKERS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
In this QuakerSpeak - FWCC Video, Friends explore the time-tested practice of Quaker traveling ministry, still a powerful tool for Friends meetings to “renew their minds and wake up”
MEET THE TRAVELING MINISTRY CORPS
We are pleased to announce the Spanish-speaking members of the 2018 Traveling Ministry Corps! Please join us in congratulating Beatriz Apaya (INELA Bolivia), Oscar Eduardo Rodriguez Merino (El Salvador Yearly Meeting), Elvis Ivan Calderon Morales (Embajadores Amigos Guatemala), Yulieed Avela (Mexico), Jonatan Mamani (INELA Bolivia), and Maria Virginia Jalire Quispe (INELA Bolivia).
Click on the link below for more information and brief bios of each member of our 2017 and 2018 cohorts. TMC members are ready to pay a visit to meetings across the Section. See below if your meeting or church would like to request a visit.
Members of the Traveling Ministry Corps are chosen for their ability and commitment to working with diverse participants, their demonstrated ability to connect traditional practices with contemporary concerns, and their availability to travel across the Americas to work with local communities.
For more information about how to become a member of the TMC, download the application below. Mandatory training for new members of the TMC will be held March 18-21, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The first round of applications is due by September 30, 2018. Please send applications and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
REQUEST A TRAVELING MINISTRY CORPS VISIT
Download the request form for more information on receiving a visit from a member of the Traveling Ministry Corps. Please email completed request form to email@example.com.
Grants for Traveling in the Ministry
Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas offers financial assistance for members of Friends meetings in the Section of the Americas to follow leadings to travel in the ministry that do not fit into other institutional programs. Download the below PDF of the financial assistance guidelines.
Donate to Friends
Friends who would like to support this essential work of FWCC are welcome to make financial donations.