Cambridge Family Meeting

Conversation Circles: Intergenerational Religious Education

Rebuilding the Beloved Community

After two years of the pandemic, in person meetings are on the rise but we’ve been apart for so long that children and adults may not know each other. As families begin to seek community, we can create opportunities for interaction between all ages, and breathe life into the sense of beloved community. Intergenerational religious education – where adults and children learn together – can build deep, authentic relationships.  Naming and welcoming the spiritual gifts of children, youth and adults can enrich the whole Meeting. As adult Friends engage with children and youth in various ways, our teacher and helper volunteer pools may be replenished.



Join in conversation with fellow Quaker religious educators on seizing this moment to build intergenerational community. We invite you to bring one piece of wisdom to share in a ‘spiritual potluck’, whether an experience, resource, question, or challenge.


  • How can we bring children, youth and adults together in intergenerational learning, caring, service, fun and worship in a way that enriches all?
  • How can we help our Meetings name and welcome the spiritual gifts of children, youth and adults?
  • What blocks in our practice must we overcome to infuse intergenerational learning into the life of the Meeting?


  • TUE: Sita Diehl, Madison Friends Meeting, Northern Yearly Meeting
  • THU: Cameron Hughes, Goose Creek Friends Meeting, Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and           Andrew Wright, Durham Friends Meeting, North Carolina Yearly Meeting Conservative


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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.

Children's Education

Adult Education


African Quaker Library

Youth Education

Small Meetings

Young Adult Friends

Biblioteca QREC


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

Spiritual Practices


Active Caring

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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Get Involved

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