On “Holding the Meeting in the Light”

On “Holding the Meeting in the Light”

On “Holding the Meeting in the Light” Rae Litting, New South Wales Regional Meeting I am grateful to have been part of the eldering team at Yearly Meeting. The dedication of the eldering team impressed me greatly. They put enormous mental effort into “holding the...

Nourishing our spiritual lives through spiritual direction

Sally Kingsland, Canberra Regional Meeting To listen another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another. – Douglas Steere[1] Spiritual growth has been the central feature of my...

An experience of “Holding the space”

Tessa Spratt, Victoria Regional Meeting When Alyssa Nelson visited Australian Friends, her Elder, Cathy Walling, was unable to stay for her full visit and it fell to me to act as Elder for her workshop “Becoming Allies to Youth” in Melbourne. I had not performed this...

An Account of Being Eldered Into Quakers

Sally Kingsland, Canberra Regional Meeting. I have noticed a tendency among Australian Friends to use the word ‘Elder’ as a verb with strong negative connotations. It is often used in the form of “Person A was Eldered by Person B” by which the speaker means that...