Resources for 13 to 15 years

Almost American Girl

Almost American Girl

Transitioning from life in Korea to America, a young woman struggles with change and figuring out where she fits. After her mother’s decision to marry a man in Alabama, 14-year-old Chuna, who thought she was just going on another mother-daughter trip, grapples with...

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Birth of the Friends Church

Birth of the Friends Church

Mid-17th century England was swept by dramatic changes: sharp religious and political conflict, rising hopes, charismatic leaders and popular grassroots movements — in short, a world much like the one we live in today. Friends were born as a faith community into this...

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How Maps Change Things

How Maps Change Things

A Conversation about the Maps We Choose and the World We Want I'd love to see this book in every Quaker home and Friends meeting/church library. It's a surprisingly short and utterly engaging journey from world maps to questions of social justice and it's worth it...

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Bayard Rustin: Troublemaker for Justice

Bayard Rustin: Troublemaker for Justice

A biography for younger readers about one of the most influential activists of our time, who was an early advocate for African Americans and for gay rights. Bayard Rustin was a major figure in the Civil Rights movement. He was arrested on a bus 13 years before Rosa...

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Walking in the World as a Friend

Walking in the World as a Friend

"What do we do that makes us Quakers?" Follow how essential Quaker practices weave together the individual, Quaker community and Spirit, creating a unique, vital and transformative dynamic. View 15 short, free videos, great discussion starters, and purchase the...

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Passages: A Guide to Developing a Coming-of-Age Program

Passages: A Guide to Developing a Coming-of-Age Program

Many faiths mark the transition of young people to teenage/adult status with a special process: learning, performance or ceremony. Quakers do not have a particular tradition for doing this. Some Friends have felt a yearning to honor this transition within their...

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Lesson plan for the home with a book and activities. When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library — and figured...

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Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence

Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence

Lesson plan for the home with a book, music and activities — "All men are born free and equal." Everybody knows about the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But the founders weren't the only ones who believed that everyone had a right to...

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Flowers for Sarajevo

Flowers for Sarajevo

Lesson plan for the home with a book, music and activities: Young Drasko is happy working with his father in the Sarajevo market. Then war encroaches. Drasko must run the family flower stand alone. One morning, the bakery is bombed and twenty-two people are killed....

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Home Religious Education Guide – Sharing Our Gifts

Home Religious Education Guide – Sharing Our Gifts

Activities to Pair with Books and Music HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE  Please use these ideas in ways that work best for your children.  The Concepts listed and Bible Readings are for grown-up background material to support you.  Reading aloud the book together, or watching...

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Settling Routine

Settling Routine

We use this settling routine from Ann Arbor (MI) Friends Meeting with all our kids, sometimes omitting a line or two. It's important to have chairs an appropriate height for all children so their toes can touch the floor. Sitting on the floor with knees bent and feet...

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Exploring Quakerism: A Study Guide,  Teenagers Edition

Exploring Quakerism: A Study Guide, Teenagers Edition

"There is that of God in everyone," paraphrased from George Fox's revelation, electrified 17th century England and continues to speak to us today. This 14-session curriculum offers an overview of Quaker faith and practice for middle and high school students. Designed...

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Children’s Meeting of 1663

Children’s Meeting of 1663

In 1663, when all adults from Reading Friends Meeting were imprisoned for their faith, the children of the Meeting continued worship in the manner of Friends.   This legend of Quaker Faith and Practice illustrates integrity, courage and non-violent resistance in the...

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Plays for the Christmas Holidays

Plays for the Christmas Holidays

We are grateful to Nancy Pickering of Middletown Friends Meeting (Philadelphia Yearly Meeting) for three plays celebrating the Christmas season This is the Stable, A simple telling of the Nativity with readings from the book by Cynthia Cotten, illustrated by Delana...

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Integrity & Authenticity

Integrity & Authenticity

This 11-lesson curriculum for First Day School explores four aspects of integrity: truth telling, authenticity, faithfulness/loyalty to the Truth, corporate action (our communal accountability to the Truth). For each week, there are engaging activities and/or...

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Quaker Children and the Bolivian Water Crisis

Quaker Children and the Bolivian Water Crisis

In 2016, when global warming left the entire city of La Paz without drinking water for weeks, the Friends International Bilingual Center (FIBC) seized the teachable moment to educate children about the crisis and what they could do to help. Through QREC, Friends in...

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The Questions We Ask: A First Day School Lesson

The Questions We Ask: A First Day School Lesson

The Questions We Ask is a lesson for older children and young teens. Karen Greenler (Madison Meeting, WI) has created an exploration of the creation story in Genesis laid alongside the Big Bang Theory. Her approach is addressed to"Quaker skeptics," the young Friends...

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El Curriculo de la Vida de John Woolman

El Curriculo de la Vida de John Woolman

Había un gran interés en mi mente en no ocupar mi tiempo con relación a las cosas externas, de tal manera que nada me impidiera tener la fiel atención a la voz del Pastor Verdadero. —El diario de John Woolman, 1743, p.18 Este currículo es el resultado de una...

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La Vida de Lucretia Coffin Mott — Obra de teatro

La Vida de Lucretia Coffin Mott — Obra de teatro

Una obra de teatro sobre la vida de Lucretia Mott (1793–1880) por Thomas Leverett. Lucretia es retratada tanto de niña como de adulta e incluye a otras figuras históricas: Elias Hicks, Thomas Coffin (su esposo), Lucy Stone (una activista por los derechos de las...

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Meeting Tips

Meeting Tips

This booklet contains 15 brief illustrated tips to be read and shown to children and young people as they are preparing to go into Meeting for Worship. Good for Friends school teachers who are getting their students ready to go into meeting. For 4th through 8th grade...

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Christmas Programs with a Twist

Christmas Programs with a Twist

This curriculum is full of Christmas Plays for First Day School children, youth and adults to create for the Christmas Season.  Created by Elinor Briggs of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. At Christmastime, as at other times of the year, Friends look for programs that...

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From the Center Out

From the Center Out

Created for teachers to use during Yearly Meeting Sessions, this booklet contains many activities, visualizations, games, and crafts for kindergarten through high school. Meditations and centering exercises to bring us closer to our Center. Download/view curriculum,...

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An Introduction

The Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) is an international, cross-branch, grassroots network of Friends sharing a stewardship for lifelong Quaker faith formation through religious education. We formed in April 2014 and now serve more than 300 Friends in our network. We actively engage and support each other across languages and continents. We gather for regional and annual conferences and offer monthly Conversation Circles via an online conferencing platform.

Steering Circle

We share leadership as part of our collaborative mission, making decisions using the Quaker ‘sense of the meeting’ process, sitting in expectant, worshipful waiting for the emergence of shared truth. Read more…

Working Circles

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Our work  takes place in ‘circles’ or small groups of Friends who labor on a common task, usually meeting by video conference due to the geographic diversity of the membership. Read more…

The Resource Library

Finders Guide, a sampling of the collection

The QREC Resource Library is a place to share lessons and other educational information in support of our work as Quaker religious educators. This library is a forum for curricula, articles, videos and other educational materials on Quaker themes. You will also find principles, policies and procedures to strengthen operation of your child, youth and adult religious education programs.

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African Quaker Library

Youth Education

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Young Adult Friends

Biblioteca QREC

Events

Find renewal, companionship, and help for nitty gritty issues in Quaker religious education, all the while opening spaces for Spirit to work and listening together for God’s way forward.

QREC holds an annual conference and retreat. In addition we hold online Conversation Circles and post other religious education events as we learn about them.

Conversation Circles

Online conferences for Quaker religious educators to share about their work. Conversations are scheduled for two sessions per topic to encourage international participation.  Join the conversation…

Other Events

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Religious education events of interest to Quakers from all parts of the world. Please let us know about upcoming online or in-person events happening in your area. See the list of upcoming events…

Love at the Heart

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Discernment

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Quaker Family Culture

Finding the Light

Faith at Home

Home is the heart of faith formation for all families. This is especially true for Friends. As an experiential religion, Quakerism is best learned through living in loving community. Indeed, the vast majority of faith formation for our young Friends happens at home in the busy swirl of daily life.

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QREC depends on all of us sharing our gifts and skills as religious educators. Here are some of the ways you can get involved…