Quaker Campus Ministry: Offering guidance and community in the manner of Friends.
College is a time of seeking: to explore truth, to discern values and to connect with others. Students may also feel overwhelmed and isolate from the life they have known. Quaker campus ministry can speak to these conditions, offering beloved community and Spirit-led practice. This conversation will explore promising approaches to Quaker campus ministry.
Conversation Circles are online video conferences convened to help Quaker religious educators across geographic regions share and collaborate about why and how they do their work. Conversations focus on topics of shared interest with two sessions for teach topic; one in the afternoon (eastern US time) and one in the evening. Participants self select with about 10 participants joining each call. No special computer or other equipment is necessary, though using a computer with a webcam allows you to see other participants. You can join over the phone. Registration is required with access information provided by email. Conversation Circles are free of charge.
Registration is required:
- Tuesday, 9/17, 1:00 PM US Eastern time (12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT) Click HERE to register.
- Thursday, 9/19, 8:00 PM US Eastern time (7PM CT, 6PM MT, 5PM PT ) Click HERE to register.
September 17: Beth Collea, Dover (NH) Friends Meeting, NEYM
September 19: Marsha Holliday, Langley Hill Friends Meeting, BYM
Gene Throwe is a Quaker chaplain for American University in Washington DC. He was led to develop an outreach program between local college students and the Quaker community after attending a retreat on engaging young adults in Quakerism. He is active with Friends Meeting of Washington in Dupont Circle where he has served for the last 2.5 years as the co-Clerk of his meeting and is active with the Young Adult Friends.
Maurine Pyle resides in Southern Illinois, just south of St. Louis MO. She is the author of “NEW CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT: Quaker youth speak their Truth to the world (2016)” which was derived from interviews with 16 young adult Quakers. While attending graduate school at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, she served as a campus minister at the Interfaith Center where she encountered many seekers who were ‘spiritual but not religious’.
Greg Woods serves as Youth Ministries Coordinator at Friends Meeting at Cambridge in New England YM. He has carried a concern for Quaker Campus Ministry for many years and in the past has organized service trips at William Penn House in Washington DC and served in the Quaker Leadership Center at Guilford College.
- What does Quaker faith and practice offer to college students and other post-secondary learners?
- What is unique and valuable in Quaker campus ministry?
- How can monthly meetings and colleges collaborate to offer Quaker worship, study and community to students?
- What ministry is emerging to nurture community among young Friends and other young adult seekers?
- New Children of the Light: Quaker youth speak their Truth to the world (2016), by Maurine Pyle. http://quakers4re.org/find-resources/new-children-light?return_path=/find-resources%3Fkeys%3D%7C~%7Cfield_age_group_tid_selective%5B0%5D%3D34%7C~%7Cpage%3D1
- Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices, (2010) by Angelina Conti, Cara Curtis, Wess Daniels, John Lomuria, Emma Condori, Harriet Hart, Et Al www.fgcquaker.org/resources/spirit-rising-young-quaker-voices
- Organizing Young Adult Friends Online, Greg Woods: https://www.friendsjournal.org/quaker-yafs/
- QuakerSpeak: Videos on Quakerism, produced by John Watts for Friends Journal: https://www.youtube.com/user/Quakerspeak.
- Guilford College Friends Center: https://www.guilford.edu/who-we-are/friends-center
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.
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…
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.
African Quaker Library
Young Adult Friends
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.
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…
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
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…