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LifeCalls: A Ministry to Foster Faithfulness

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Ministry Description

LifeCalls fosters faithfulness for individuals and faith communities by facilitatling:

  • mutually supportive networks,
  • educational opportunities, and
  • gatherings.

LifeCalls has been active since 2005, uniting spirituality and activism toward a more just and peaceable world.  

Releasing Ministry Alliance

A project to publicize and crowdsource (financial and other resources) ministries. 

Visit and the Facebook group "Releasing Ministry" for more information. 
Releasing Ministry Alliance was conceived, created, and is operated in partnership with Vonn New (Bullshead/Oswego Monthly Meeting, New York Yearly Meeting) and others. 

Spiritual accountability

Mutual, peer groups offer loving support and challenge for Spirit-led service. These groups advance faithfulness for their participants.
LifeCalls offers workshops, courses, writing, and plenaries to share related stories, practices, tools, and wisdom. We often collaborate with other individuals and groups.
More information in the Facebook group "Friends Spiritual Accountability." 
One example includes serving as a co-clerk of Undoing Racism Group

India Connections

A series of projects to connect Quakers from the U.S. and India with each other and with Gandhian non-violent, social change practitioners.
This work is done in partnership with India Friends Collaborative (formerly India Friends Working Group) of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends and social activists in India.
More information at India Friends Working Group's webpages.

2014 Minute of Religious Service

  • Approved by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting
  • Endorsed by Philadelphia Quarterly and Yearly Meetings

“Viv works and prays to inspire, encourage, and empower people, individually and corporately, to live into our greatest sacredness in harmony with creation. Crossing various boundaries, her Friends Ministry, including Releasing Ministry and India Connections projects, invite us all to:

  • kindle covenant community,
  • faithfully follow our Guide, and
  • liberate for the common good the spiritual and material gifts we steward.”


Tax-deductible contributions to LifeCalls can be made

  • By check payable to Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting noting "LifeCalls" in the memo line. 
    Mail to CPMM, 1515 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
  • On-line via PayPal through The Shalom Center.

LifeCalls Minister

Viv Hawkins: friendviv2(at)gmail(dot)com

CPMM-appointed Mutual Spiritual Accountability Group

  • Lynda Grace Black
  • Lola Georg
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This group meets aproximately monthly and reports to Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting annually on LifeCalls ministry.

Liaison to CPMM Committee on Gifts and Leadings

Viv Hawkins