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Topic: Quakers, Death and New Life: Lent, Easter and Passover

Drawing on the ancient themes of death, rebirth and resurrection, how can we, as religious educators open the way to a Quaker understanding of Lent, Easter and Passover?  Join this conversation to discuss the challenges posed by the stories of this season; to learn from others and to share successes and promising practices from your meeting.

Andrew Wright: (Durham, NCYMC) is the paid Youth and Children’s Ministries Coordinator for Durham Friends Meeting and especially enjoys working with middle school youth.  He has also led FGC workshops for adults on Mark’s gospel and on Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

Melinda Wenner Bradley: (West Chester MM, PhYM) After becoming a Godly Play storyteller in 2005, Melinda co-authored Faith & Play: Quaker Stories for Friends Trained in the Godly Play Method. An accredited US Godly Play Trainer since 2010, Melinda works with Quaker meetings and Friends schools to use these resources. A co-founder of the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative, she currently serves Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as the Youth Engagement Coordinator.

Joan Broadfield: (West Chester MM, PhYM) was introduced to the Quaker way as a child. She joined with her spouse and two children in 1970’s and worked for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.  Her grounding in the Quaker way has included clerking in her Meeting and Quarter, a year-long Quaker Studies Program in 1980s, the Way of Ministry program in 2008-9, and more recently Radical Faithfulness.  She supports religious education for all ages in her meeting, has been active with curriculum development at FGC, and is trained in Faith & Play.


  • How do we come as contemporary Friends to the ancient themes of death, rebirth and resurrection?
  • How can we, as religious educators open the way to a Quaker understanding of Lent, Easter and Passover for children, youth and adults?
  • How can we care for families holding multiple faith traditions only one of which is Quaker?


For Children and Families:

For Adults



Tuesday, 2/20/20 1:00PM ET

Name Meeting-Organization
Windy Cooler Sandy Springs, BYM
Sita Diehl Madison WI, NYM
Andrew Wright Durham NC, NCYMC
Melinda Wenner Bradley West Chester PA, PhYM
Joan Broadfield Chester PA, PhYM
Judith Nandikove Nairobi MM, Kenya YM
Betsy Tucker
Greg Woods FM Cambridge MA, NEYM
Gail Fletcher Norman OK, SCYM
Cameron Hughes Goose Creek FM, BYM
Sharon Gunther Swarthmore PA, PhYM
JoAnn Seaver Green Street MM, PhYM

Author: Quaker Religious Education Collaborative


Publisher: QREC

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TopicsBible, Easter, Lent, Passover

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. 

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