Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) has a new website. Its design and capabilities reflect QREC’s emerging ministries, leadings, and expanding international, cross-branch network. Users can automatically translate content into English, Spanish, or Kiswahili. The searchable Resource Library now includes Spanish-language materials and an African Quaker library component. A new Faith at Home section serves parents and caregivers with book and video suggestions and exercises to explore Quaker spiritual practices and live Quaker faith and practice in the world.
A public Facebook group called “Valiant Together: RE Support During COVID-19” was formed in March 2020 to sustain the Quaker religious education community through the pandemic with articles, resources, and creative ways to connect Friends in online spaces. It now has over 370 members.
Over the past year, QREC has expanded its geographic reach and consulting expertise: working with Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends in program planning; Latin American Friends in translation, grant writing, and community building; and East African Friends in oral history collection. Recent Conversation Circles (free, online video conferences) have focused on welcoming youth of color into youth programming, child safety in meetings, and program planning in uncertain times. The Thomas H. & Mary Williams Shoemaker Fund supports this work.
The next online annual conference will be August 13–15, on the theme “Looking Back, Looking Ahead.”
Learn more: Quaker Religious Education Collaborative