Quaker Fellows echoes Earlham’s core values. Utilizing Quaker faith and practice, the program engages the whole person and prepares students to be agents of change in the world. Quaker Fellows includes three formation cores: spirituality, community and leadership development. The program is designed for young adults who are serious about serving as leaders in their communities, developing tools for social transformation, and living a life grounded in the Spirit.
This fall the Newlin Center welcomes the first cohort of Earlham’s new Quaker Fellows program, a four-year scholarship program that focuses on spiritual, community, and leadership formation. Quaker Fellows echoes Earlham’s core values. Utilizing Quaker faith and practice, the program engages the whole person and prepares students to be agents of change in the world. The program is designed for young adults who are serious about serving as leaders in their communities, developing tools for social transformation, and living a life grounded in the Spirit.
Within this program, students engage with peers and faculty to discover their own leadings and gifts, determine for themselves what it means to be a “servant leader,” and practice skills that will serve them at Earlham and beyond. Program participants consider the query, “what does it look like for me to live a life of engagement?” through exploring central issues of faith, theology, ideology, and purpose. Upon completion of the program, students will be equipped to: work for Quaker peace, advocacy and service agencies; facilitate group process and decision-making; apply Quaker principles in the field of business, industry, or other professional work; work in Friends' education institutions; and offer Quaker ministry in programmed and unprogrammed Meetings.
The Quaker Fellows Steering Committee selected the following first-year students to join Quaker Fellows this academic year:
- Christopher Angell of Germantown Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
- Cecilia Capanna of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
- Lenore Edwards of North Carolina Friends School
- William Henry of Dayton Friends Meeting, Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting
- Shani Hines of Hartford Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting
- Shannon Pratt-Harrington of Athens Monthly Meeting, Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting
- Alex Seewald of Goshen Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
- Katherine Simon of Media Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
- Ezra Smith of Sterling Worship Group of North Branch Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
- Cindy Tanzer of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
- Micah Vaughn of Sandpoint Friends Meeting, North Pacific Yearly Meeting
- Madolin Yoshikane of First Friends Meeting, Indiana Yearly Meeting
Quaker Fellows Steering Committee
Several Earlham faculty serve on the Quaker Fellows Steering Committee, helping to guide and shape this program. Committee members are:
- Nelson Bingham (Provost and Professor of Psychology)
- Michael Birkel (Director of Newlin Center and Professor of Religion)
- Marya Bower (Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies)
- Emma Churchman (Young Friends Outreach Coordinator)
- Trish Eckert (Assistant Director of the Newlin Center)
- Mary Garman (Professor of Religion)
- Welling Hall (Plowshares Professor of Peace Studies and Politics)
- Tom Hamm (Curator of the Quaker Collection, Archivist and Professor of History)
- Susan Hillmann de Castaneda (Associate Dean of Admissions and Director of Explore-a-College)
- Trayce Peterson (Director of Multicultural Affairs)
- Joel Rittle (Director of Annual Giving)
The Newlin Center is starting a new tradition this year with a monthly Quaker potluck; open to students, faculty and staff of Earlham and Earlham School of Religion, as well as neighbors from area Quaker meetings and churches. Potluck dates for this semester are: October 26 and November 16, 2011. We’ll gather in Virginia Cottage from 6-7 pm to share a time of fellowship and food. If you will be in Richmond for either of those dates, please feel free to join us!
Discover Thyself: Discern-o-Matic Quiz
You may have already heard about Earlham’s newest addition to the world wide web: the Discern-o-Matic quiz on discoverthyself.org. Conceived and created by Emma Churchman, this quiz is similar to the internet’s Belief-o-Matic quiz but this one focuses on life changes. Although the quiz is geared towards Quaker high school students trying to figure out what to do after high school graduation, it is applicable to many. Many different types of Quakers have taken the quiz.
- “I feel clearer than I thought.” – Unprogrammed high school attender from Pennsylvania
- “I already know many answers.” - Evangelical young adult member from Oregon
- “I might actually be uncovering my next leading!” - Unprogrammed adult member from Pennsylvania
- “There are things about my path that I have never thought about before [taking this quiz].” - Programmed 14 year-old member from Ohio
Quaker Musician Jon Watts will be at Earlham in October!
Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion are delighted to welcome Quaker young adult and musician Jon Watts to campus from October 28 – November 1st. Jon will spend time with Quaker Fellows, and will offer a concert for Quaker college and high school students. Wilmington College students are joining us, as well as high school students from the Richmond, Indiana area and Ohio Valley Meeting. Jon’s visit is taking place during a campus visit from students of both Olney Friends School and Scattergood Friends School, who will be on campus for the weekend competing in an annual soccer tournament.
By now, some of you may already be wearing a T-shirt the Newlin Center produced this fall. Our shirts, which declare, “Quakers are way cooler than you think,” are rocking the Quaker world. Or at least we like to think they are. This summer, we donated 120 of these T-shirts to Baltimore Yearly Meeting camping staff and counselors. Why? We believe that Quakers have a marketing issue, and we want to help! T-shirts are now for sale in the Earlham bookstore (embed web address) for $12.00: www.earlham.edu/bookstore