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Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling will return this fall to Quaker Hill Conference Center in Richmond, Indiana, for our annual gathering. The dates for this year's conference are Thursday, September 17th, to Sunday, September 20th (or in plain Quaker vernacular, Fifth Day, Ninth Month, 17th day, to First Day, Ninth Month, 20th Day.)

This year's conference will be led by Jennie Isbell (www.JennieIsbell.com), a Quaker spiritual director, workshop facilitator, and author of two books: Finding God in the Verbs: Crafting a Fresh Language of Prayer (which has been #1 in Amazon's Prayer category and was co-authored by J. Brent Bill) and Leading Quakers: Discipleship Leadership, A Friend's Model. Jennie also served numerous Quaker organizations in a variety of roles and earned an M.Div. from Earlham School of Religion.

Jennie is no stranger to us in QPCC, where she is a long-time member and serves on the Steering Committee. In our time with Jennie, we have found her to be gifted in her abilities to listen deeply and to be present to others in gracious and tender ways. She offers insight and clarity as she frames the undercurrents in conversations and situations.

We on the Steering Committee look forward to providing you with details in the coming weeks on the topic Jennie will be bringing to the QPCC annual conference. To register for the conference, click here.

Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling is made up of Friends who are involved in a wide variety of roles and aspects of pastoral care and counseling. There are others outside of Quaker practice in these fields who also find companionship here. Wherever you are in your professional and personal journey, we invite you to become part of QPCC!

Of special importance to our members from the very beginning of QPCC is our annual conference. Here's a few good reasons to participate:

  • First, you'll find much more than a professional conference. Most of us experience a sense of belonging that we seldom find in our day-to-day professional lives. For many, creating new connections and renewing old relationships are as important as the program itself.

  • Second, for members who need CEUs, the conference is a wonderful opportunity to obtain hours in a relaxed atmosphere that is congruent with your beliefs and sense of call.

  • Third, the conference can be a time of connection and deep refreshment, as well as stimulation and professional development. As one participant stated last year, the conference is "a gracious balance of taking in new info and time for connecting and relaxing."

We invite you to become a member of QPCC. To read about the benefits and find out how to join, click on Membership.