Adult Education Resources

Barclay’s Apology in Modern English

Barclay’s Apology in Modern English

The classic systematic statement of the Quaker faith, in an edition where antique and obscure words and sentence structure have been eliminated and references to people and matters of faith come alive through annotations. The nature of the church, its ministry and...

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The Journal and Major Essays of John Woolman

The Journal and Major Essays of John Woolman

The secret of Woolman's purity of style is that his eye is single, and that conscience dictated his words. This Quaker preacher and tailor was a man of wisdom and true philosophy. These pages are filled with insight and messages for our time. A major classic of...

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Journal of George Fox

Journal of George Fox

George Fox’s Journal was written later in his life with the benefit of hindsight, at a time when the Religious Society of Friends was struggling for acceptance. It was later edited after his death by Thomas Ellwood, under the direction of the Second-day Morning...

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A Near Sympathy: The Timeless Quaker Wisdom of John Woolman

A Near Sympathy: The Timeless Quaker Wisdom of John Woolman

This book is an invitation to a friendship with John Woolman, as well as an invitation to consider what John Woolman has to say to us today. Michael Birkel, professor of religion at Earlham College, acquaints readers with the spiritual disciplines and resources that...

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Deepening Church Life

Deepening Church Life

This curriculum enables Friends to explore central tenets in the shared life of a Friends Meeting. Topics include: Quaker faith as an adventure in direct, ongoing guidance by Christ shaping the work of the church today. Deepening worship — ways we allow Christ to...

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Birth of the Friends Church

Birth of the Friends Church

Mid-17th century England was swept by dramatic changes: sharp religious and political conflict, rising hopes, charismatic leaders and popular grassroots movements — in short, a world much like the one we live in today. Friends were born as a faith community into this...

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The Dazzle of Day

The Dazzle of Day

The Dazzle of Day is an astonishing short novel about a generation starship. There have been plenty of books set on generation starships by everyone from Heinlein to Wolfe, but thing that makes this stand out is how astonishingly real the characters are, and how well...

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Conversation Circle (Nov 2020) – Essential Quaker Practice

Conversation Circle (Nov 2020) – Essential Quaker Practice

Walking in the World as a Friend: Essential Quaker Practice Facilitators: TUE Sita Diehl, Madison WI, NYM, QREC THU Andrew Wright, Durham FM, NCYMC WELCOMING WORSHIP & INTRO: Welcome to the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Conversation Circle. We’re very...

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Celebrate our World Family of Friends!

Celebrate our World Family of Friends!

QREC has partnered with Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) to create materials to accompany five FWCC-QuakerSpeak videos released in 2016-17. The short videos are wonderful places to begin an exploration of Quakers worldwide, including what we share...

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QREC Suggested Religious Education Web Resources

QREC Suggested Religious Education Web Resources

A rich collection of useful websites with curricula and learning materials from many different yearly meetings, Quaker organizations and other educational organizations for teaching all ages. Please use the comment section below to suggest other websites that should...

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Walking in the World as a Friend

Walking in the World as a Friend

"What do we do that makes us Quakers?" Follow how essential Quaker practices weave together the individual, Quaker community and Spirit, creating a unique, vital and transformative dynamic. View 15 short, free videos, great discussion starters, and purchase the...

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Beyond Consensus: Salvaging the Sense of the Meeting

Beyond Consensus: Salvaging the Sense of the Meeting

The author, Barry Morely, discusses three essential components in discovering the sense of the meeting: release, long focus, and transition to light, all of which are nurtured by worship. Rich stories of life experiences, especially with adolescents, illustrate the...

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Freeing the Spirit

Freeing the Spirit

Nominations in the Society of Friends in Theory and Practice What could be more important for any organization with a message to put across than that it should itself practice what it preaches? In this book, Roy Stephenson examines how Quakers, members of the...

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The Mediator’s Handbook

The Mediator’s Handbook

The popular Mediator's Handbook presents a time-tested, adaptable model for helping people work through conflict. Extensively revised to incorporate recent practice and thinking, the accessible manual format lays out a clear structure for new and occasional mediators,...

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Meeting Needs and Friends General Conference (FGC) Resources

Meeting Needs and Friends General Conference (FGC) Resources

Meeting Needs linked with FGC Resources: A Sampling (Bolded words can be put into a search engine like Google this way — “FGC clearness committees”, or "FGC outreach” for example or into the FGC search window on the website without the “FGC”) Outreach: How can we...

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Quaker Worship, Faith and Practice

Quaker Worship, Faith and Practice

Perfect for newcomers, this brief pamphlet captures the essence of unprogrammed Quaker worship, our faith and practice, and testimonies.  By permission of the author, the document is downloadable at no cost. Quaker Worship, Faith and Practice Excerpt on unprogrammed...

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Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey

Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey

Our Life is Love describes the transformational spiritual journey of the first Quakers, who turned to the Light of Christ within and allowed it to be their guide. Many Friends today use different language, but are still called to make the same journey. In our time...

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A Testament of Devotion

A Testament of Devotion

Since its first publication in 1941, A Testament of Devotion has been universally embraced as a truly enduring spiritual classic. Plainspoken and deeply inspirational, it gathers together five compelling essays that urge us to center our lives on God's presence, to...

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Silence and Witness: The Quaker Tradition

Silence and Witness: The Quaker Tradition

This is a meaty and inviting introduction to Quaker thought and spiritual life. The detailed examination of discernment about when to speak in meeting and other leadings is worth the cover price. His chapter entitled 'The Facing Bench' lifts up well selected...

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A Guide to Faithfulness Groups

A Guide to Faithfulness Groups

This book explains what faithfulness is and how it can be cultivated by a community that practices ways to listen inwardly together for divine guidance. Above all, this book is a guide to faithfulness groups, a practice that holds great potential for supporting...

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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.

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

Family

African Quaker Library

Youth Education

Small Meetings

Young Adult Friends

Biblioteca QREC

Events

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

Discernment

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…