As the Christmas season approaches, we’re bombarded with messages from the world around us. How can we, in Friends meetings and schools, help Quaker families and children celebrate the season in a spirit of joy and simplicity? Join the conversation to share and learn about resources for the holidays with your Quaker religious education colleagues.
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- How do we approach these celebrations as Friends?
- What can we share with RE colleagues from our experiences?
- What can we share with families in our communities?
- Christmas Light: Seeking the Spirit of the Season
- Presence in the Midst: Preparing for Christmas — from Wichita Friends School
- Advent With Friends: A Journey to Christmas
- A Friendly Exploration of Resources for Advent and the Coming of Christmas
- Heartland Friends Meeting Christmas Story (an interactive version of the Nativity, based on the Godly Play stories for Advent)
- A Multicultural Representation of the Baby Jesus — lesson and children’s book resources
- “Nativity for the Modern Age”
- Also shared in GoogleDocs by Kennett Meeting (PhYM): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yNkMzmbHspAuiqQKz3KTVB9i0h8M164YS6WCeMr7su8/edit
- Singing the Christmas Story
- Unplug the Christmas Machine — book by Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli with tips to simplify and deepen Christmas
- Christmas Programs with a Twist — a collection of plays by Elinor Briggs (PhYM)
Questions? Resources to share? Email Sita at QuakerCollaborative4RE@gmail.com
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…