Conversation Circles April 2021

RISE: A Quaker Youth Curriculum

on Human Relationships and Sexuality

Conversation Circles, November 15 & 17, 2022

R  elationships and sexuality are central to the spiritual work of adolescence. As Friends we seek how to help teens develop healthy relationships and explore sexuality in a safe, affirming way.

Over the course of several years, Durham Friends Meeting has developed RISE (Relationships and Integrity in Sexuality and Embodiment), a human relationship and sexuality curriculum for 7th and 8th grade Quakers. This course provides opportunities for middle school youth to explore human relationships, sexuality and what Quaker spirituality offers them at this point in their life. The course is offered in two 24-hour retreats, one at the beginning and one at the end, with three briefer workshops between. Join the conversation to learn more.


  • How can we create a safe, truthful space in the Meeting for young Friends to grow as spiritual beings while they explore relationships and sexuality?

  • How can we help parents balance letting go with guiding young Friends as they take risks and develop new identities?

  • How can we create support in the Meeting for parents to grow spiritually through the time of their children’s adolescence?

  • How can we encourage mentorships between teens and older Friends through the transitions of adolescence?

Conversation Starter:

Andrew Wright, Durham Friends Meeting, NCYMC


Sita Diehl, Madison Friends Meeting, NYM


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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. 

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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…

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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.

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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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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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