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