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North Seattle Friends Church is a group of people caravanning together. We seek to be present in the world and to the next thing that is ours to do. As we journey together, we find that ministries emerge among us and begin to take shape. Generally those emerging ministries begin in one person and find resonance in others. As a people, we want to liberate the ministries as they rise.

Currently we have a wide variety of ministries in our community, which range from ministries of accompaniment to teaching to service to witness. While a few of those ministries are centered within the context of our Meeting, many are dispersed throughout the wider community as we are liberated to do ministry within our own context.

Several years ago, we discovered the truth that as we are liberated in our callings and ministries, we are all ministers of North Seattle Friends Church. An orthodontist realized that when she offers pro bono orthodontic work, it is her ministry and that she does that as a Minister of North Seattle Friends Church. The idea took deep resonance within our community and we began to own that we all do ministry in the name of the larger community.

Likewise, we discovered that we accompany each other in those ministries, even when we are not physically present. It is not uncommon for someone to tell us where we are all going in the next week as one person prepares to travel in the ministry. We all recognize that our spirits will accompany the one traveling in ministry and in that sense we all go together. This accompaniment is powerful in that we recognize that we also accompany one another on difficult journeys. Knowing that others are with us in spirit makes a huge difference.

For those who are part of North Seattle Friends and would like the support of the Meeting, you are encouraged to submit a proposal for an emerging ministry to which you feel called. Administry will consider your proposal with you and come alongside to see how it might unfold among us. When your proposal is received, Administry will begin to discern way forward. You will be part of the discernment process as we all Listen to God’s Leading for us at North Seattle Friends. We love to see emerging ministries take root among us.

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