From Marilin Escalona Santiesteban, of la junta mensual de Bocas, Cuba
Mi experiencia en tiempos del aislamiento social:
My experience in times of social isolation:
Hermana/o míos, soy ya una anciana pero Dios me ha mostrado que debería salirme de los esquemas y la monotonía.
I am already an old woman but God has shown me that I should get out of the schemes and monotony.
Volverme a enamorar del Dios de mi ministerio.
May I fall in love again with the God of my ministry.
Durante el aislamiento las clases dominicales y todo culto cesó.
During the isolation Sunday classes and all worship ceased.
¿Qué hacer con los niños y las personas de la tercera edad?
What to do with children and the elderly?
Escribimos poemas, mensajes, cartas de exhortación y animo a nuestros niños y a adultos,
We write poems, messages, letters of admonishment and encouragement to our children and adults,
espontáneamente comenzamos a recibir las respuestas en poemas, cartas, mensajes
spontaneously we began to receive the answers in poems, letters, messages
y se dio un intercambio de textos inspirados por el amor y la confianza en Dios, sin dudas obra del mover del Espiritu.
and there was an exchange of texts inspired by love and trust in God, undoubtedly the work of the move of the Spirit.
Pero gratificante fue que se sumaran personas (en los hogares donde llegaban los mensajes)
It was gratifying that people joined (in the homes where the messages arrived)
que nunca fueron a la iglesia padres, abuelos, hijos y nueras de los miembros de la iglesia y que ellos también fueran inspirados.
that parents, grandparents, sons, and daughters-in-law of church members never went to church and may they too be inspired.
Es la bendición del Espíritu.
It is the blessing of the Spirit.
Hay un himno que aparece en nuestros himnario ” Tu has venido a  la orilla” el traduce lo que siento.
There is a hymn that appears in our hymnal “You have come to the shore ” he translates what I feel.
Thas venido a la orilla,
nos has buscado ni a sabios ni a ricos;
tan sólo quieres que yo te siga.
Estribillo
Lord, you have come to the seashore,
neither searching for
the rich nor the wise,
desiring only that I should follow.
Señor, me has mirado a los ojos,
sonriendo has dicho mi nombre,
en la arena he dejado mi barca,
junto a ti buscaré otro costas.
O, Lord, with your eyes set upon me,
gently smiling, you have spoken my name;
all I longed for I have
found by the water,
at your side, I will seek other shores.

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

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Youth Education

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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…

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