Stoking the Fire
June 7–10, 2019
Quaker Hill Conference Center
Richmond, Indiana

"But the blazing discovery which Quakers made, long ago, is rediscovered again and again by individuals, and sometimes by groups. The embers flare up, the light becomes glorious. There is no reason why it cannot break out again, today, with blazing power. The world needs it desperately. It is in the hope that you and I, today, may rediscover this flaming center of religion that those words are written—not in an historical interest in a charming past."
—Thomas Kelly, The Eternal Promise

This annual retreat is for those afire with the Holy Spirit, who seek deeper faith and bolder witness. Through worship, learning, and fellowship, we will open ourselves to Christ’s presence, and allow the Spirit to work within us as we seek God’s power. We hope you'll consider joining us as we seek to stir up the embers of our faith—both as individuals and as Friends.

"Our FUM mission statement says, in part, that we have committed ourselves to energize and equip Friends through the power of the Holy Spirit. I appreciate this yearly gathering of Friends so much because it reminds us that we are first and foremost a faith-based community—not just an organization with legacy projects and global activities—but a spiritual movement of Friends. To gather on Pentecost Sunday is to be reminded of who we really are in Christ, together."

Stirring Up the Embers

Speakers and leaders will include Mary Glazer, Doug Gwyn,
Bob Henry, Kelly Kellum, Richard Sitati, Katie Ubry-Terrell,
Cathy Harris and Nikki Holland.
[See below for more information.]

Time is scheduled each day for community worship,
small groups, individual reflection, workshops,
& plenary sessions.

Young Adult Scholarships

We have financial assistance available for Young Adult Friends, up to age 35, who want to attend Stoking the Fire. We offer this option with gratitude to Western Yearly Meeting, whose generosity makes this possible. You can indicate you interest in receiving a scholarship on the registration form.

Lodging & Registration

Located just three minutes from the eclectic Depot District in downtown Richmond, Quaker Hill Conference Center  sits atop a wooded hill in a world of its own. Rest in the natural setting that surrounds Quaker Hill, including a mature hardwood forest, a branch of the Whitewater River, and a locally-renowned waterfall. The Cardinal Greenway bike trail borders one edge of the Center. Meals are prepared with fresh, local ingredients, and served in the dining room of Evans House, an historic Quaker home with a long history of welcoming traveling Friends. Serenity and hospitality await you at the Quaker Hill Conference Center.
For more information on registration and accommodations, click below.

Speakers and Leaders

Doug Gwyn is a student of the Bible and of early Quakerism, and the author of A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation and Apocalypse of the Word: The Life and Message of George Fox. He has been a pastor among Friends in many Yearly Meetings, and taught at Pendle Hill and Woodbrooke Quaker Studies Centre. His training in biblical studies has informed his research and writing on early Friends and on current issues among Friends today. Doug holds an M.Div. and S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary (New York) and a Ph.D. from Drew University.

Bob Henry is pastor of Indianapolis First Friends Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a speaker, activist, neighborhood collaborator, and avid artist. He has a D.Min. from George Fox University. He lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife and three boys.

Mary Kay Glazer, a spiritual director, retreat leader, and writer, has been with Quakers since 1989. After living in New York State for 21 years, Mary lives in Greenville, NC, with her husband and their Portuguese Water Dog, Fozzie Bear. She is a graduate of the School of the Spirit and the Shalem Institute, and has a master's degree in Spiritual formation and leadership from Spring Arbor University.

Kelly Kellum has served as General Secretary of Friends United Meeting since July 2018. Though based out of the FUM office in Richmond, Kelly spends much of his time traveling among Friends. He sees his primary work as strengthening relationships within our global community, coordinating the overall work of FUM, and building partnerships to advance the ministry of Friends wherever we are called to serve.  Kelly’s undergraduate work took place at Friends University and he completed a Master’s degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. Before coming to Friends United Meeting, Kelly served as a pastor among Friends and Stewardship Consultant with Everence Financial Services. Additionally, Kelly has served the wider Quaker community with service on the Executive Committees of FWCC-SOA and Friends United Meeting. For one triennium, Kelly was the Presiding Clerk of Friends United Meeting.  Kelly is a member of High Point Friends Meeting in North Carolina.
Richard Sitati is a member of Nairobi YM. By trade, he is an electrical engineer; he spent most of his career in the Kenyan telecommunications industry, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He is currently the assistant presiding clerk of Friends United Meeting. His ongoing work among Friends includes working toward reconciliation among Kenyan Yearly Meetings, and to that end he has written a number of significant documents. He is a broad and deep reader of Quaker and other Christian theology, and Kelly Kellum says of him, "Every time he speaks, I learn something different or new." Richard is married to Ruth, and they have seven children.

Katie Ubry-Terrell has been known to follow the Spirit to remote villages in India, on a pilgrimage across Spain, to an orphanage in Mexico, and perhaps the biggest adventure of all – home to Ohio, where she and her husband Rand are tackling a Fixer Upper project under the advisement of Kevin Costner: “if you build it, they will come.” Her guilty pleasures include studying the Bible, listening to TV preachers, and being invited to share how much Jesus loves her. She is a seminary dropout, has four bonus kids and four grandkids, and is a member of Wilmington Yearly Meeting.

Music: Cathy Harris and Nikki Holland. Cathy is co-pastor at Spiceland Friends Meeting, and an active member of the FUM General Board. Nikki Holland is the newly-appointed Director of Belize Friends Ministries, currently traveling in North America to raise support for her first three-year term in Belize.