A New Association of Friends Is Born

May 19, 2013

New Association of Friends May 19, 2013“The New Association of Friends is a voluntary association of monthly meetings, churches and individuals that supports worship, ministry and service through the cultivation of Christian faith in the Quaker tradition.”

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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2 Responses to A New Association of Friends Is Born

  1. Doug Bennett says:

    Jim Wilsion asks, “Sounds promising. I am curious; is the NAF intended to be an Indiana Association, or does it plan outreach beyond that?”

    A composite answer to Jim Wilson’s question from NAF folks including Margaret Fraser, Michael Sherman, Annie Glen and Leigh Ruddick Eason.

    We are moving slowly and deliberately; small steps. Members of many of these meetings are bruised from the IYM schism and want first to find their way back to trusting a new organization.

    First, have invited meetings that are leaving Indiana YM. (That means already there are monthly meetings in NAF in Ohio and Michigan.) Next, individuals who are members of meetings that are either staying in Indiana YM or going independent but not joining the New Association. That’s where we are today. We are also in conversation with a couple of independent meetings in the midwest, inviting them to check us out to see if they might like to join. We probably won’t go much further than that this year because we don’t want to destabilize other yearly meetings.

    We have about 800 members now; and we hear that another meeting will be making a decision next weekend about possibly joining us, which would bring us up to fourteen. We expect that to increase steadily. We are very diverse, theologically, and many of us don’t know each other, so we are trying to lay some foundations. Considering where things stood at the beginning of the year, it’s very encouraging. One of the things we will be looking at is the way in which we might do clearness for people wanting to join from beyond the Indiana/ Ohio/ Michigan area.

    The hope is to provide a home for Friends near and far who are willing to worship and fellowship as well as associate with us. But that is one person’s voice only.

  2. dsm says:

    A new covenant indeed. Part of me wants to join and support, and yeah I’m in TN. Congratulations.

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