The FGC Spiritual Deepening program offers resources and tools to help Quaker meetings and individuals grow and deepen. Each section of the online Spiritual Deepening Library includes resources for working with children including books, exercises and multigenerational activities. Join this conversation to learn what the program offers to nurture children in the Spirit and to share insights about the spiritual nurture of children and youth.

Registration is required:

Tuesday, 12/10, 1:00 pm ET: Register HERE

Thursday, 12/12, 8:00 pm ET: Register HERE

Facilitator: Sita Diehl serves on the QREC Steering Circle and is one of two RE Coordinators for Madison Friends Meeting in Wisconsin (NYM). As a long-time First Day School teacher and mentor, she loves to nurture places for children and youth to grow in the Spirit. 


Conversation Starter: Rachel Ernst Stahlhut manages FGC’s Spiritual Deepening Program, including the online library of resources and activities for meetings and the online learning eRetreats.  Rachel carries a ministry for outreach, welcoming, and revitalizing our Quaker meetings and individual spiritual practices.  She is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she worships with a squirmy 4.5-year-old on her lap most Sundays.



  • What does the FGC Spiritual Deepening program offer Friends, to nurture children’s spirituality in meetings/churches and the home? 
  • How can we respond to that of God in a child and nurture their awareness and expression of their spirituality? 
  • What can religious education programs offer to support parents to nurture their children’s spirituality and in the family as a whole? 
  • What practices in Quaker RE might get in the way of children expressing their spirituality? 



Spiritual Deepening Library:

Faith & PlayTM Stories, by the Faith & Play Working Group:

Finding the Light In You: Bright Silent Worship with Young Friends, by Marjorie Isaacs

Lighting Candles in the Dark, Marnie Clark, Elinor Briggs, Carol Passmore, editors. FGC, (2001)

Lives That SpeakStories of Twentieth-Century Quakers, edited by Marnie Clark, FGC (2004), Stories appropriate for Middle, High School, and Adults.

Opening Doors to Quaker Religious Education, Mary Snyder.

Quaker Meeting & Me, by Rebecca Price

Sparkling Still, by the Sparklers Working Group

The Quiet Book, by Deborah Underwood

We’re Going to Meeting for Worship, by Stacey Currie

Worship in Song: The Friends Hymnal

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