Parents are children‚Äôs first and most important teachers. This is especially true for faith formation. Grounded, creative religious education is happening in Quaker homes, on walks in the woods, during bedtime routines, and conversations in cars ‚Äî- one discussion, one query, one storybook, and one project at a time.
Religious educators have long recognized the vital role of parents in the faith formation of children and youth. During this time when the home is so much the center of family life, we want to support parents and grandparents effectively as they seek new ways to weave spiritual nurture and balance into the rhythm of daily life. This Conversation Circle will make space for a rich sharing among Quaker parents, grandparents and home caregivers about faith formation adventures and questions from the home front.
Registration is required:
Tuesday, 4/21, 8:00 PM US Eastern time (7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT) Register HERE
Thursday, 4/23, 1:00 PM US Eastern time (12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT) Register HERE
Beth Collea (QREC Steering Circle, Dover NH, NEYM) Beth recently moved to Dover, NH where she is a member of Dover Friends Meeting. She served New England Yearly Meeting as Religious Education & Outreach Coordinator for 14 years. Beth and her husband, Jeremiah Dickinson, have four young adult children who were raised in a blended family.
Melinda Wenner Bradley (West Chester MM, PhYM) Melinda is a co-founder of the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative, and currently serves Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as the Youth Religious Life Coordinator. Melinda co-authored Faith & Play:‚Ñ¢ Quaker Stories for Friends Trained in the Godly Play¬Æ Method and is the Director of Communications and Training for Faith & Play Stories, Inc. She parents middle school, high school, and college age children with joy and the help of coffee.
Accompanying Children and Youth:
The Children‚Äôs Illustrated Bible. Stories retold by Selina Hastings. Illustrated by Eric Thomas. Dorling Kindersley. Good illustrations. Grade level: 1-4.
Look for the edition that is 7.8‚Äù x 10.3‚Äù. Printed in 1994 and later, check online used bookstores.
The Power of Goodness: Art and Stories for a Culture of Peace. Edited by Nadine Hoover. Conscience Studio, 2016.
Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God. Sybil MacBeth. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press. 2008.
Suggested Resource Bibliography for First Day Programs and Meeting Libraries: Books for Children and Youth
Resources for Quaker Teens at Meeting and Home, Melinda Wenner Bradley
To Nourish Parents and Grandparents:
The Bible for Dummies. Jeffrey Geoghegan and Michael Moman, as e-book or from used bookstores.
Listening Spirituality. Volume 1. Personal Spiritual Practices Among Friends. Patricia Loring. 1997.
Our Life Is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey. Marcelle Martin. Inner Light Books. 2016.
Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Lives: A Journey of Spirit and Wonder by Melinda Wenner Bradley, Godly Play/Faith & Play trainer
Paths to Quaker Parenting: Using Quaker Beliefs, Testimonies and Practices Edited by Harriet Heath. Quaker Parenting Initiative