Powell House Youth

Conversation Circles: Quaker Youth

Faith formation through action

Quakerism is an experiential and experimental faith.  When working with Quaker youth, it is more effective to demonstrate our faith than to talk about it.  When teens feel truly heard and respected by the adult Friends around them, when religious education stems from youth-led Quaker process, and when teens have opportunities for community service in the company of Friends, big questions can arise, and they may want to know more.

Join this conversation with Andrew Wright (Durham Friends Meeting, NCYMC) and Ed Doty of the Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP). We will explore youth-led decision-making in the manner of Friends, QUAIL, a sexuality and relationship curriculum based on Our Whole Lives. Ed will share YSOP’s work to offer meaningful youth service experience through orientation to the issues, hands-on volunteer work and reflection.  After brief remarks from Andrew and Ed, the conversation will be open for sharing experiences, questions and leadings in our work with Quaker youth.

Queries:

  • What types of experiences or practices can ignite curiosity in young Friends about Quaker faith and practice?
  • How can we offer meaningful experience of Quaker practice as young Friends come back together after this long time apart?
Conversation Starters: 

  • Ed Doty, Executive Director, Youth Service Opportunities Project
  • Andrew Wright, North Carolina Yearly Meeting Conservative

Resources:

Delighted: What teenagers are teaching the church about joy, by Kenda Creasy Dean, Wesley W. Ellis, Justin Forbes

Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education, Unitarian Universalist Association.

Silver Bullets: A Guide to Initiative Problems, Adventure Games and Trust Activities, by Karl Rohnke

Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices, by Conti, Curtis, Daniels, Lomuria, Condori, Hart et al.

Whispers of Faith: Young Friends share their experiences of Quakerism, edited by Black, Klos, Reddy, Smith and Stacy

Young Friends web page, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

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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…

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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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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.

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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…

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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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