Quaker Caregiving in Times of Crisis, Online Lab

Pendle Hill is offering an online lab on pastoral care in Quaker meetings, beginning the second weekend in September. Facilitator, Windy Cooler is an embraced Quaker public minister from Sandy Spring Friends in Baltimore Yearly Meeting and Pendle Hill’s 2020 Cadbury Scholar in residence. Windy is also one of the planners for QREC’s “Conversation Circle” series. She is a recent MDiv from Earlham School of Religion and is currently in a doctoral program at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Register here: https://pendlehill.org/events/quaker-caregiving-in-times-of-crisis/

Windy entered ministry and seminary consumed by questions about Friends’ response to domestic and sexual violence in our community, slowly learning while on that quest that while there are many resources available for professional pastoral care, these resources are not always applicable to peer to peer ministers, as Friends often are. The lab is informed by Windy’s work with Friends the past several years in peer to peer models of pastoral care, especially in times of crisis, and most especially when pastoral care overlaps with prophetic witness to social injustice. You can hear a lecture by Windy given at Pendle Hill in June of this year on moving from a testimony (a story) of shame to a testimony (a plan) for mercy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzKVRChdN98&t=4293s

Windy is happy to take the time to speak one on one with anyone who is interested in how this lab might work for them and their community: WindyCooler@Gmail.com. Questions about scholarship and registration should be directed to Pendle Hill.

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


African Quaker Library

Youth Education

Small Meetings

Young Adult Friends

Biblioteca QREC


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


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…