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Sandra Lee Cronk Papers

Identifier: SFHL-RG5-235
The papers of Sandra Lee Cronk include manuscripts of her published and unpublished writings, some correspondence relating to writing and teaching, and files of material assembled in the process of her courses at Pendle Hill. Of particular interest are the minutes and related papers of the Abortion Study Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The papers also include correspondence with Margaret J. Benefiel and Kathryn A. Damiano about their dissertations.


  • 1963-1999


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


Sandra Lee Cronk was a Quaker author who co-founded School of the Spirit, a ministry of prayer and learning under the auspices of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Her papers include manuscripts of her published works, numerous unpublished manuscripts, and records of some of the workshops that she gave at Pendle Hill.

Biographical / Historical

Sandra Lee Cronk (1942-2000) was a Quaker author who co-founded School of the Spirit, a ministry of prayer and learning under the auspices of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Cronk was born in 1942 and was a member of Princeton (NJ.) Monthly Meeting. She graduated from Western Reserve University and received her graduate degree in History of Religions at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, Gelassenheit: The Rites of the Redemptive Process in Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonites, was completed in 1977 and was published as an article in The Mennonite Quarterly Review as “Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonites: Loving Community Based on the Power of Powerlessness” in 1980. Sandra Cronk also wrote Peace Be With You: A Study of the Spiritual Basis of the Friends Peace Testimony (1984?), Dark Night Journey: Inward Re-patterning Toward a Life Centered in God, and Gospel Order: A Quaker Understanding of Faithful Church Community, the latter two published by Pendle Hill in 1991.

She taught Christian Spirituality and Quaker Studies at Pendle Hill, the Quaker center of study and contemplation in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. She also spent time at Woodbrooke, the Friends’ study center in Birmingham, England.

Sandra 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.” Carole Treadway and Michael Green later became part of the program. 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.


Divided into three series:
  1. 1. Lectures, Classes and Seminars;
  2. 2. Writings;
  3. 3. Miscellaneous Correspondence.

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Cindy Nowina (sister of Sandra Cronk), FHL 2003.004

Gift of Marty Grundy (biographer of Sandra Cronk), 2009.004

Related Materials

RG2/Phy Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Meeting on Worship and Ministry. Records.

RG4 Pendle Hill Records.

Processing Information

Collection was delivered to Friends Historical Library by Carole Treadway who did some arrangement of the materials. Secondary reference materials, note cards, and college course notebooks were removed from the collection by FHL staff.


Sandra Lee Cronk Papers, 1963-1999
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  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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