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Quakerism 101 - 2020-2021

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Want to learn more about Quakerism?

Check out Quakerism 101 this fall and winter!

In answer to interest that some members and attenders have expressed in an introductory "course," Adult Religious Education committee is sponsoring Quakerism 101 this fall and winter. It starts September 27 with Quaker History.


The following are links to video recordings of the Zoom meetings for the Quakerism 101 course on the meeting's Vimeo video channel.

History (Session 1)

About Quakerism 101

A primer

This version of Quakerism 101 is a 7-session primer on the history, faith, and practice of the Religious Society of Friends that we hope will be especially useful to our newer members and attenders, and a useful refresher for members who have been around awhile.

All are welcome!

Quakerism 101 is a more in-depth immersion in the Quaker way than our usual RE programs. Our goal is to share the basics of the Quaker tradition in its historical arc from our founding to today through readings, presentations, and discussion. 

In October and November, we are offering two sessions back to back on Saturdays, in order to build momentum and community in the course. The opening session in September and two more in January and February will take place in our usual ARE place in the meeting calendar, the fourth Sunday of the month after rise of meeting for worship.

Study, or just come

We will provide a reading list for each of the sessions, which we invite pariticpants to use to prepare for the sessions. But such PREPARATION IS NOT NECESSARY. We hope all will come, regardless, and we will be passing on the basics in the sessions themselves. The reading lists will include substantive material that would require some commitment to read in time, as well as shorter resources on each session's subject. Much of this material wil be digital, but some would have to be bought or taken out from the library.

The sessions will include a little more presentation than is usual in our programs, but still lots of time for discussion to bring the tradition into our own time, community, and experience.

NEXT: November 21, 1–3: Quaker Spirituality, Theology, and the Bible

George Schaefer and Helene Pollock will facilitate an exploration of Quaker tradition regarding spirituality, Quaker theology, and our relationship with the Bible. George is Care and Aging Coordinator on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff.

Course Outline






Quaker History


Sep 27

1–3 pm

Greg Barnes, Steve Davison

Disruption Preparations for 2020 Election


Oct 25

1-3 pm

George Lakey (not Qm 101)

Quaker Spirituality, Theology, and the Bible


Nov 22

1-2 pm

George Schaefer, Helene Pollock

Quaker Ministry


Jan 24

1–3 pm

Laurent Hahn, TBD

Quaker Community



1-3 pm

Bruce Birchard, Chuck Lesser

Quaker Witness & the Testimonies



1–3 pm

George Lakey, TBD

Quaker Discernment & Decision Making



1-3 pm

Jennifer Walker, TBD

Quaker History 2: Black-White Relations

in the Religious Society of Friends



1-3 pm


Reading Lists

Click the following links to see the reading list for:

  1. Session 1 : Quaker History
  2. Session 2 : Quaker Spirituality, Theology, and the Bible.