[Sayma-Announce] New Friend in Residence for Atlanta

Atlanta Friends Meeting afmquakers at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 15 10:36:49 EDT 2008

The Atlanta Friends Meeting (Quakers) welcomes a new Friend in Residence this month, Valerie Barlow, who will reside in the Meetinghouse and share a special ministry with the Meeting.  Valerie follows the previous Resident Manager of ten years, Sylvia Turner, who moved this past January.  In the intervening months, the Meeting redefined the role of the resident, removing the duties of managing the use of the building and adding responsibilities for ministry.
Previously, Valerie served as the Clerk for the Meeting from 2002 through 2004, and she was the Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee, Southeastern Region from 2003 –2006, an organization that promotes peace through service in this country and around the world.  Her work there Her work there focused on providing peace and social justice programs for the nine states of the US southeast. She has worked in a wide variety of social service and counseling positions over the years and has started, and continues to manage her own company, Adoption Options.  
Valerie describes her ministry as:

Support and assistance with resettlement for the Burundi Friends refugees; 
Support for the Meeting’s Religious Education committee for youth toward the development of an integrated and more effective First Day School curriculum; 
Assisting the Meeting’s Ministry and Worship committee in their work to strengthen and deepen the spiritual life of the Meeting
Her intelligence, experience and comfortable personality will bring a wonderful richness to the Friend in Residence position, and we look forward to being led by her ministry.  We invite a representative of your group or association to attend a welcome reception for her on Sunday, October 19, from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. at the Meetinghouse, following Meeting for Worship at 10 a.m.  
Yours in peace, 
Steve Collins
Clerk, Atlanta Friends Meeting
sent by:Ceal Wutka
Atlanta Friends Meeting404-377-2474afmquakers at hotmail.com
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