Painting by Adele Wayman: "Zinnia and Queen Anne's Lace," (detail) oil and oil stick on canvas, 28 x 29 inches, 2007 ©
About Sara Beth:
As a Friends (Quaker) minister, I believe we have to know God in our experience, in our daily lives, not merely think “correct” thoughts about God or say the “right” words. This knowing and being known is a life-long and a life-giving process. While my Quaker upbringing taught me that God is here with us and within us and still speaking to us if we will but listen, I have had to choose to know God and learn to trust God. The hardest for me has been learning to trust myself trusting God! I have had to allow Love to work in me that I might live out more and more of the best things I can say. My calling is to invite people into deeper relationship with God, to call us back to the Source of our lives.
Born and raised Quaker, I graduated from Guilford College and Earlham School of Religion (then the only Quaker seminary in the country) and hold a certificate from the Group Leaders Program of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. I have been a campus minister, a Friends pastor, and directed a grant on vocation and faith on a college campus. I have spoken in many venues, led spiritual formation retreats, groups and workshops, offered spiritual direction, and published articles and devotionals. I am currently working on a book manuscript. I love being with people who hunger and thirst to be more aware of God in their lives as well as how they may be called to minister through their gifts in this hurting world.
About Evelyn Jadin
Hello! My name is Evelyn Jadin. I am a Quaker minister who feels a call to accompany people as they deepen their relationship with God, particularly as people listen to and follow God’s call. I grew up in Washington D.C. and gradually made my way to North Carolina where I live today with my wife, dog and two cats in the Sauratown Mountains.
I have a Masters of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion and have served in various ministerial roles at different Quaker organizations including a pastoral intern as First Friends Meeting Greensboro, Youth Pastor at Jamestown Friends Meeting, and Campus Minister at Guilford College. Currently I am serving as a Core Teacher for the “On Being a Spiritual Nurturer Program” of the School of the Spirit Ministry.
One of my passions is creative expression, particularly through quilting. I am continually in the process of exploring ways to incorporate creative arts into ministry. Currently I am creating a series of pictorial quilts of women in Scripture, which is work that has been laid on my heart for several years but is just now coming to fruition.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Imagining The Word and looking forward to seeing what God has in store!