Youth is a time of intense inquiry into identity, gifts and one’s place in the world. Yet all too often, just as young Friends become truly ready for critical thinking and engagement in society, their participation in Quaker community wanes.

Join this online conversation to explore how the Quaker religious educators can support faith formation in youth ages 12-18, how to offer vibrant, relevant opportunities to young Friends, and how to welcome them into the meeting community as full and valued members. We will explore Quaker youth ministry; what is working well now, what has worked well in the past, and growing edges in light of emerging trends.

Registration is required:

Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 pm ET: Register HERE

Thursday, May 16, 8:00 pm ET: Register HERE

Facilitators:

May 14: Sita Diehl, Madison Friends Meeting, NYM

May 16: Marsha Holliday, Friends Meeting of Washington, BYM

Queries

  • How can Friends meetings help young Friends explore identity, gifts and leadings?
  • How can we offer relevant opportunities for young Friends to engage in monthly and yearly meetings?
  • What Quaker Youth RE resources are effective?
  • What long-standing Quaker practices truly engage youth? Is updating needed?
  • Where are the growing edges in Quaker youth ministry?

Resources:

Quaker Affirmation: A Course of Study for Young Friends, Indianapolis, First Friends Meeting, http://quakers4re.org/find-resources/quaker-affirmation-course-study-young-friends?return_path=/find-resources%3Fkeys%3DAffirmation

Quaker Process: How Quakers Conduct Business, a curriculum for high school/upper school students http://quakers4re.org/find-resources/quaker-process?return_path=/find-resources%3Fkeys%3DMarsha%2BHolliday

Introduction to the Life of Jesus inspired by the musical Godspell, Friends Media Project, http://quakers4re.org/find-resources/introduction-life-jesus-quakers-inspired-musical-godspell?return_path=/find-resources%3Fkeys%3D%7C~%7Cfield_age_group_tid_selective%5B%5D%3D260%7C~%7Cfield_age_group_tid_selective%5B%5D%3D261

QuakerSpeak: Videos on Quakerism, produced by John Watts for Friends Journal: https://www.youtube.com/user/Quakerspeak. Great conversation starters for youth

 

 

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

Family

African Quaker Library

Youth Education

Small Meetings

Young Adult Friends

Biblioteca QREC

Events

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

Discernment

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…