May 18 & 20, 2021 Conversation Circles
Learnings that Light the Way
Listening for emerging practice and ideas as we move into this new time.
W e’ve learned so much over the past year. This is the time to push the reset button. From August 13 – 15 the QREC conference will convene online for worship, fellowship, learning and for the annual Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. As an international community of Quaker religious educators, we will reflect on what we have learned during the pandemic and look to the path ahead.
In this conversation QREC conference planners will listen for what would be helpful to you, as religious educators; for principles, practices and resources to lift up during the conference. Please join the conversation to share your needs, hopes and offerings.
- In this new time, what do you imagine and hope for your Meeting or Friends Church?
- What will we take with us into the new time?
- What will we leave behind, that wasn’t working before?
- What new practices and resources can we share?
- What kinds of resources and skills would we like to take home to enhance our work?
- How can we help children and adults reconnect as we begin to gather face to face?
- How can we nurture spiritual mentorship and companionship to enrich our work?
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.
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…
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.
African Quaker Library
Young Adult Friends
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.
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…
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
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…