Bylaws for Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC)

ARTICLE I. Name

The name of this organization shall be “Quaker Religious Education Collaborative” (QREC).

ARTICLE II. Purpose

QREC is organized exclusively for religious and educational purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

The purpose of this organization shall be:

  1. To be a grassroots network of Friends holding a sense of stewardship for lifelong Quaker faith formation through religious education.
  2. To include Friends from all branches of our international Quaker family.
  3. To form a community of practice to share resources, skills, gifts, questions and insights.
  4. To support each other in the ministry of Quaker faith formation.
  5. To welcome all involved in Quaker religious education.
  6. To encourage an expansion of Quaker faith.

ARTICLE III. Membership

  1. Membership shall be open to any person who supports the above purposes.
  2. Membership requires a membership fee annually, an amount determined each year by the organization. 

ARTICLE IV. Organization

  1. The officers of this organization shall be the Steering Circle members who shall share the positions of clerk, recording clerk and treasurer.
  2. The QREC Executive Committee shall consist of the Steering Circle.
  3. The Steering Circle members shall be drawn from the membership.
  4. New Steering Circle members shall be proposed by the Nominating Circle to the annual collaboration.
  5. New Steering Circle members shall be approved at each QREC annual collaboration by those constituent members who are in attendance.
  6. Steering Circle members shall serve a three-year term beginning at the rise of the annual collaboration.
  7. Steering Circle members may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
  8. The Nominating Circle will propose 4-6 Steering Circle members in a staggered manner.

ARTICLE V. Nominations

At each annual collaboration the members present will select a Nominating Circle to serve for two years. Their task will be to bring forward names of new Steering Circle members to the following annual collaboration.

ARTICLE VI. Duties of the Steering Circle

  1. The Steering Circle shall plan and clerk all sessions of the annual collaboration and carry on the correspondence for QREC between meetings.
  2. The recording clerks will keep minutes of all meetings of the organization.
  3. The treasurers shall collect dues, maintain all financial records and prepare budgets for approval. The treasurers shall arrange for the accounts to be examined by an outside party every three years and arrange to have the results reported at the following annual collaboration.

ARTICLE VII. Meetings

  1. The organization will have an annual collaboration at a time to be determined at the previous annual collaboration.  
  2. The organization may meet on other occasions as approved by the Steering Circle.

ARTICLE VIII. Amendments

These bylaws may be amended by the Steering Circle and reported to the constituent members present at the following collaboration.

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…