Make your Quaker Religious Education come alive! Weave Quaker Activists into your lesson plans bringing a fresh, contemporary voice of lived Quakerism to your Friends Meeting or Church. Use digital technology to invite the world into your classroom in the person of a living Quaker activist. The activist will ‚Äúwalk with‚Äù the class over four to eight weeks, sharing experience and kindling a relationship. Connections with Quaker youth in the activist‚Äôs area will be encouraged as possible. An important element will be queries to engage the families and leaven the wider meeting/church life.
QREC will help at every step along the way– providing mentors, selecting activists with a story to tell, supporting planning between teacher and activist, and offering tech support for online video conference conversations with the activist at the beginning and the end of the unit. Where needed, a QREC mentor can offer translation services. This model has been pilot-tested in five meeting-based Quaker religious education programs in the US and one Friends School in Bolivia. A generous grant from the Shoemaker Fund allows QREC to offer each activist a modest honorarium.
The activists selected have a compelling story to tell. The Quaker activists exemplify at least one core element from our list of thematic threads below.
- Community & inclusion.
- Quaker discernment and decision-making.
- Stewardship of the land and sustainable life choices.
- Social & racial justice, peace work and witness, economic equality.
QREC is creating an online directory of participating Quaker activists, including American and international Friends, who are prepared to engage with First Day School students Initial topics include:
- Engaging youth in environmental sustainability;
- Peacemaking in violent communities;
- Economic empowerment of indigenous women;
- Racial justice
This list will grow as QREC engages Quaker activists across a broader range of issues. If your First Day School is interested in a specific leading, please contact us.
The goal for the Quaker Activists in First Day Schools Project is to help set the stage for students to live from their deep center, speaking and acting for Truth, justice, and compassion, in age appropriate ways. We hope the Quaker activists inspire as well as inform; inviting into action as they exemplify a Quaker life.
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.
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…
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.
African Quaker Library
Young Adult Friends
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.
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…
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
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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QREC depends on all of us sharing our gifts and skills as religious educators. Here are some of the ways you can get involved…