Spiritual Companion Groups Workshop

Seeking spiritually guided lives, communities, and societies 

This workshop offers practices in skills of spiritual companion groups. It is organized to refresh active practitioners and strengthen new groups.

Participants come from many:

  • Backgrounds: peace and justice movements, Quaker Meetings, and various religious, interfaith, community, or counseling groups.
  • Locations: USA from east to west coasts, Asia, and open to others.
  • Ages: Typically teens through adults, but interested pre-teens are welcome.
  • Some or all of your companion group members are encouraged to attend.

Facilitators are participating in their own companion groups and may also be organizing local community gatherings of companion groups for discernment in their area.  

July 8, 2022, Friday

7:00 – 9:30 pm Eastern USA

Spiritual Companion Groups are self-selected groups of 2-4 people who meet every 1-3 weeks for 1-2 hours. Companions divide group time equally and test each others’ discernment by offering reflection and feedback. Companions keep notebooks for their own experiment with the Spirit in their lives, documenting what is true for themselves and for the group as a whole. Multiple companion groups in an area may meet every 2-4 months to share the guidance arising for among them collectively to: 1) hear how groups approach this practice and what is arising among them, 2) exchange reflection and feedback, and 3) rearrange groups and membership, valuing both short-term and long-standing groups.

You may watch these free videos, or optionally purchase Walking in the World as a Friend. Workshop registrants will receive a handout with all materials.

Optional donations to keep this work alive. Transfer over Venmo @nadinehoover, or                        Mail a check: Conscience Studio, 90 W University St, Alfred, NY 14802.

NoteOngoing Workshops in March, July, and November, first Fridays, 7:00 – 9:30pm Eastern USA

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…

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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.

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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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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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