When Debbie suggested that we might co-lead a 2013 FGC workshop on practicing prophetic ministry, I was immediately clear to say yes. The prophetic element of ministry is one aspect of the many faceted ways that the Holy Spirit calls and empowers us to fulfill God’s purposes. I hear this call and this power rising up among us, rising up to meet the ever growing challenges on our planet. I pray that our time together will help each of us see where our gifts of prophetic ministry can best be used to fulfill God’s promise of healing and unconditional love.
Now this coming summer, 2014, Debbie & I are again planning to co-lead a similar workshop, but this time from the perspective of “prophetic listening.” All prophetic action begins with deep listening to God’s Spirit, helping us tune in to the underlying patterns that connect us together and bring all of creation into wholeness.
A little more about me—I was born into a Quaker family in Pasadena, California where we attended Orange Grove Meeting, part of Pacific Yearly Meeting. For most of my adult life, I have followed a call to ministry, seeking God’s constant loving presence, prompting us to deeper unity, a oneness with each other and with creation. That ministry has been of service providing administrative and fiscal backbone to such Quaker institutions as, Young Friends of North America, the 1985 World Gathering of Young Friends, Cambridge (MA) Monthly Meeting (where my membership currently resides), New England Yearly Meeting, Friends United Meeting, Friends World Committee for Consultation, and Friends General Conference. At times I have described my ministry as providing the framework for other’s ministry to flourish.
I live in Cambridge, MA with my spouse, Minga Claggett-Borne, and have two grown children, Elias (21) and Asa (26). In addition to Quaker ministry, I love to play music (violin, guitar, bass) and I am a graphic artist, working in print media and website development.
Jonathan Vogel-Borne, October 2013