How Maps Change Things feature

A Conversation about the Maps We Choose and the World We Want

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I’d love to see this book in every Quaker home and Friends meeting/church library. It’s a surprisingly short and utterly engaging journey from world maps to questions of social justice and it’s worth it every step of the way! Maps are anything but neutral conveyors of an objective reality. In the process of taking a round world and squishing it onto a flat map, a projection, choices must be made. At that point, in slip assumptions, values, and biases. How Maps Change Things opens the questions to us and hold that door open for heart-searching conversations about the intersection of our Quaker faith and the way the secular world is organized. We come away provoked and at the same time supported in some next steps. Included is a 4-session study guide very adaptable to use in religious education or home schooling or just to enrich home conversations. If there is one take-away from How Maps Change Things, it is this. Humans will always put themselves at the center of their world. The challenge for Quakers of all ages is, “How can we expand our perimeter of kindness to include more and more of the world’s peoples, living authentically with what we find there?”

Author: Ward Kaiser


Publisher: Copperhouse

Age Group: 13 to 15 years, 16 to 18 years, Young Adult Friends (YAFs)

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TopicsEquality, Home, Home Religious Education, Peace, Social Concerns, Social Justice, Testimonies

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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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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