All times Eastern US/Canada
Friday, November 3: Welcome and Worship
* Asterisk indicates a hybrid sessions with Spanish language interpretation, either simultaneous or sequential.
Queries to ground participation: What questions are you bringing? What do you need to lay down? Where do you need accompaniment?
6:00 PM Dinner at Winchester Friends Church
7:30-8:30 Gathering and Worship Across the QREC Community (programmed)*
Saturday, November 4: Walking Together
7:00 AM Tote Bag Café: Quaker Hopscotch: A Playful Approach to Growing Your Circle of Families (hybrid, English only)
8:45-9:15 Worship (unprogrammed)*
9:30 QREC Regional Conversations (hybrid, both Spanish and English) 10:30 Break
11:00 Meeting for Business: How is Spirit Moving? Celebrating Current Work, Looking Ahead*
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 Session 1: Melinda Wenner Bradley: Patterns & Examples — Answering New Questions with Faith & Play Stories*
3:15-4:00 Session 2: Beth Henricks: Quaker Affirmation Curriculum for Adults* 4:15-5:30 Session 3: Workshop & Interest Group Choices offered by practitioners (hybrid) • Support for Children’s and Family Ministry Struggling to Begin Again: Beth Collea • Godly Play/Faith & Play Nuts & Bolts Introduction: Melinda Wenner Bradley* • Tools to Build a Vibrant Quaker Movement in the 21st Century: Peter Blood • Topics identified at our Friday Session
7:00 Session 4: Laura MacNorlin: Using the Arts in our Practice and Programming.*
Sunday, November 5: Going Forth
(all sessions on Sunday are hybrid, English only)
7:00 AM Tote Bag Café: Beth Collea: Do we need a Family Faith & Practice?
9:00 Session 4: Laura MacNorlin: Using the Arts in our Practice and Programming
10:00 Worship with Winchester Friends
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 Closing Circle and Farewell (onsite)
Join us for a weekend of joyful inspiration, resources, renewal, worship and fellowship. We gather as a community of practice of over 700 Friends spanning six continents. We bring together the craft of our practice, our fresh approaches and our areas of challenge and struggle. We hold all of it together with a worshipful heart and mind.
Our program features:
- Melinda Wenner Bradley: Patterns & Examples: Answering New Questions with Faith & Play Stories
- Beth Henricks: Quaker Affirmation Curriculum for Adults
- Laura MacNorlin: Using the Arts in our Practice and Programming
- Peter Blood: Tools to Build a Vibrant Quaker Movement in the 21st Century
Additional sessions focus on building your circle of families and re-igniting and re-imagining your Children’s Ministry after all of the changes brought by the COVID pandemic. We’ll have time for regional conversations and plenary sessions with Spanish language interpretation.
Come celebrate our shared stewardship of Quaker faith formation and all of the new ways this is happening. Bring your work to share through an interest group, a presentation board, and informal conversation. Take home the joy of fellowship, the energy of renewed vision, and the hope of positive examples of vibrant meetings and Friends churches.
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…