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School of the Spirit Records

Identifier: SFHL-RG4-127
Includes minutes of the Board, 1990-1998, Spiritual Nurture class evaluations, and unpublished Spiritual Nurture student reflection and research papers.


  • 1990-1998


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The collection is open for research.

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0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)


The School of the Spirit is a ministry of prayer and teaching under the care of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Worship and Care Standing Committee. Its primary activity is the two-year program, "On Being a Spiritual Nurturer."

Biographical / Historical

Sandra ("Sonnie") Cronk and Kathryn Damiano, another teacher at Pendle Hill, co-founded the School of the Spirit in 1989. In 1991 they were joined by Frances Taber who was a core teacher for the first offering of the program, On Being A Spiritual Nurturer. Beginning with the third class in 1995, the core program was expanded to two years to enable Friends from a distance to attend. In addition to the Spiritual Nurturer Program SoTS continues a tradition of silent retreats and offers other programs.

After Sandra's death in April of 2000, the School of the Spirit Ministry, formerly sponsored by the Meeting on Worship and Ministry of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, became a Working Group under that body's Worship and Care Standing Committee and continues under its care. PYM holds and processes its monies. The Board serves as stewards of the SoTS Ministry and day-to-day running is overseen by its Administrator.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Date: 2001

Donor: Michael Wajda

Date: 2011

Accession: 2011-020
Immediate Source of Acquisition The minutes of the Board, 1990-1998, were deposited by SoTS (Carolyn Moon) with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 2001, then transferred to FHL by PYM (Alan Reeder). In 2011 Michael Wajda deposited the Spiritual Nurture papers.

Related Materials

The Papers of Sandra Lee Cronk, one of the founders of School of the Spirit, are in the collections of Friends Historical Library, RG5/235.


An Inventory of the School of the Spirit Records
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