Deepening Meeting Life

This curriculum enables Friends to explore central tenets in the shared life of a Friends Meeting. Topics include:

  1. Quakerism as an adventure in direct, unmediated, ongoing guidance by Spirit.
  2. Exploring our faith with each other.
  3. Deepening worship — how we can cultivate gathered meeting and spirit-led ministry.
  4. Corporate discernment — deepening our capacity to be led by Spirit together during meeting for business in an open-hearted search for unity.
  5. Meeting as “beloved community” — how to increase our capacity to share with each other in mutual trust, vulnerability, accountability, & love.

The course was developed by Peter Blood Patterson, who has been leading  Friends retreats and adult religious education courses for many years. He carries a leading to teach and write under the care of Mt. Toby (MA) Meeting.  There is an adaptation of this curriculum intended for use in pastoral meetings called “Deepening Church Life.” For more information contact Peter:

Earlier version of the course, Quaker Basics

Download the Curriculum

PDF IconDeepening the Life of the Meeting Summary and Guiding Materials

PDF Icon The full curriculum


PDF IconHandout: Cultivating Spirit-led Worship

PDF IconHandout: Spirit-led Vocal Ministry

PDF IconHandout: Making Spirit Guided Group Decision Making Work Search for Unity

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…