Sandra Lee Cronk Papers, 1963-1999

(2 linear ft. ; 4 boxes)

RG5/235


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Abstract
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 Her papers include manuscripts of her published works, numerous unpublished manuscripts, and records of some of the workshops that she gave at Pendle Hill.

Background note:
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.

Scope and content
The papers of Sandra Lee Cronk include manuscripts of her published and unpublished writings, some correspondence relating to writing and teaching, and files of material assembled in the process of her courses at Pendle Hill.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.

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


Administrative and Other Descriptive Information

Restrictions
Collection is open for research.

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.

Acquisition Information
Gift of Cindy Nowina (sister of Sandra Cronk), 1/25/2003

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.

Separated material

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

RG4 Pendle Hill Records.

Bibliography
Cronk, Sandra Lee, 1942-, Dark night journey : inward re-patterning toward a life centered in God / Sandra Cronk. Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill, c1991.

Cronk, Sandra Lee, 1942-, Gospel order : a Quaker understanding of faithful church community / Sandra L. Cronk. Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Publications, c1991.

Cronk, Sandra Lee, 1942-, Peace be with you : a study of the spiritual basis of the Friends peace testimony / Sandra Cronk. Philadelphia : Tract Association of Friends, [1984?]


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Subjects
  • Abortion – Religious aspects – Society of Friends
  • Cronk, Sandra Lee, 1942-
  • Pendle Hill (School : Wallingford, Pa.)
  • Quaker authors
  • Quaker women – New Jersey
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Religious life – Society of Friends
  • School of the Spirit
  • Society of Friends – Testimonies and concerns
  • Spiritual life – Society of Friends

    Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Benefiel, Margaret J.
  • Damiano, Kathryn A.

    Contact information

    Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College

     


    Collection inventory

    Note to Researchers: These records may only be consulted at Swarthmore, and are not available through inter-Library loan.


    Series 1: Lectures, Classes and Seminars, 1980-1999

    Quaker Faith and Practice Win. ’80 #1
    1980 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Quaker Faith and Practice Fall ’80 #2
    1980 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Abortion Study Group: Minutes
    1981-82
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Abortion Study Group: Correspondence and drafts
    1981-82, 1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Quaker Study Program (QSP): Church History
    1982-86
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Quaker Study Program (QSP): Quakerism
    1982-86
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Spiritual Guidance and Spiritual Direction in the Society of Friends
    1983
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Christian Thought: Course Outline and Readings
    1985
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    The Mystical Dimension
    1986
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Down-Side Up Kingdom class
    1986 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 1

    Spiritual Nurturer Class materials
    1988-91
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Called to the Ministry of Caregiving and Oversight (Pendle Hill)
    1992-93
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Contemplative Living and Prayer(CLP)
    1993-99
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Course
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    1997
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Contemp. Living
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    9 day
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Spiritual Direction for Organizations: Toward Articulating a Model (College Theology Society)
    1995
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Plan for a Workshop on Clearness Committees
    1995 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Prayer and Worship
    1997
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Discernment
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Quaker Worship Class
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Spiritual Nurture Ministry Among Friends
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Series 2: Writings, 1965-1990

    Published
    1977-1990

    Includes corrected drafts, notes, and related correspondence

    Gelassenheit: The Rites of the Redemptive Process in Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonites
    1977
    (1 folder)
    Box 2

    Dissertation: typescript

    Gelassenheit: The Rites of the Redemptive Process in Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite Communities (Mennonite Quarterly Review, Jan. 1981)
    1980-81
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Handbook of the Dark Night Journey
    ca. 1986-87
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Gospel Order: A Quaker Understanding of Faithful Church Community
    ca. 1988-ca. 1993 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Dark Night Journey: Inward Re-patterning Toward a Life Centered in God
    ca. 1990
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Unpublished
    1965-1980, n.d.

    Includes typescripts, notes, and related correspondence

    Satyagraha
    1965
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Mordecai: Kaplan’s Doctrine of God
    1966
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    An Analysis of Ancient Mesopotamian Religion Using Robert Bellah’s Theory of Religious Evolution
    1966
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    A Comparison Between the Beliefs of Mithraism and Christianity
    1966
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    The Early Development of Islamic Law
    1967
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Collingwood vs. Renier
    1967
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Shinran and the Development of Shin Buddhism
    1968
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Mas Weber’s Understanding of the Anabaptist Ethic; The Relationship between the Anabaptists and the Economic Order
    1968-69
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    Feuerbach’s Analysis of Religion
    1969
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    The Era of Schisms in the Society of Friends in America, 1825-1855
    1969
    (1 folder)
    Box 3

    An Interpretation of Blessing Way Ceremony Sand Paintings
    1969
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    The Nature of Bhakti as Revealed in the Sacred Literature of the Chaitanya Movement
    1969
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Tammuz Reconsidered
    1969
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Who Are the Anabaptists
    1970
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    An Approach to the Old Order Mennonites and Amish: An Oral Statement in Preparation for the H.R. Field Exams
    1973
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Response to Arthur Roberts’ paper, “Kingdom of Light”
    1980
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    The Religious Structure of Early Kharijite Communities
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Islamic Law in the Modern World with Turkey as a Case Study
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    The Problem of Authority in Christian Thought, 1274-1563
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    The Black Muslims
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    The Role of Spiritual Nurturers (Chapter 8)
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Inside Quaker Silence
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Work in Anabaptist/Mennonite Thought and Experience
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Notes on Quakers and Quakerism
    n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Series 3: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1987-1997

    Correspondence with Margaret Benefiel about her dissertation
    1989 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Pendle Hill Correspondence and related materials
    1987-92 & n.d.
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Correspondence with Kathryn Damiano on Shaker Spirituality
    1987-88
    (1 folder)
    Box 4

    Miscellaneous correspondence
    1991-97
    (1 folder)
    Box 4