Conversation Circles, Quaker Parenting:

Support for these times, Jan 18 & 20

P arenting is challenging – and transformative – for those who approach it as a spiritual journey.  No one does it perfectly, yet, as the pandemic grinds on, parents who seek to create a Spirit-led home face hurdles on all sides: at home, school, work and in the community. Many feel overwhelmed and isolated.

Parents and Quaker religious educators are invited to this conversation to explore how to support Quaker parents through meetings, online and resources for family life. In addition to exchanging experience, insights and questions among all present, we will lift up the online Quaker parent support groups now in their second year, and opportunities available through the Quaker Parenting Initiative. You will come away with ideas and connections, as well as new and time-tested resources to enrich Quaker family life.



  • What does Quakerism offer parents?
  • What do Quaker parents need?
  • How can we make parenting resources known to parents who may or may not be connected to monthly meetings?
  • As a parent, what is your experience of your meeting?
  • How can meetings welcome and sustain families in these times?

Conversation Starters:

  • Harriet Heath, NEYM, Quaker Parenting Initiative (TUE & THU)
  • Emily Provance, NYYM, Quaker Parent Support Groups (TUE)
  • Melinda Wenner Bradley, PYM, Quaker Parent Support Groups (THU)






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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.

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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…

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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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