Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

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Use Wondering Questions to reflect on who and where God is.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

How do we become pilgrims, how do we understand living in our Last Third as the most important pilgrimage of our lives?

Practicing | Adults | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Mrs. Mallard, who has heart trouble, is gently given the news that her husband has been killed in a train accident. Her husband’s acquaintance Richards found out at the newspaper office, confirmed the name, and went to her sister Josephine immediately.

Read this short story by Kate Chopin.

Sharing | Adults | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

When your spouse dies, your world changes. You are in mourning—feeling grief and sorrow at the loss. You may feel numb, shocked, and fearful. You may feel guilty for being the one who is still alive. At some point, you may even feel angry at your spouse for leaving you. All of these feelings are normal. There are no rules about how you should feel. There is no right or wrong way to mourn.

Sharing | 30 minutes

One of the most difficult consequences of growing older is a loss of independence. Physical and mental decline can make it difficult for seniors to take care of themselves or manage their own lives.

Sharing | Adults | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Religious faith, heritage and tradition–what makes this such a compelling matter in the relationship between grandparent and grandchild?

Sharing | Adults | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

With each year that passes, I grow in my appreciation of the relationships I have with friends of all ages, both older and younger than me. Phyllis LePeau offers a good word here about making those relationships intentional, particularly as we find ourselves in the position to bless (and be blessed by) children in our lives. 

Sharing | Adults | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Take a visual approach to exploring aging, death and dying by looking at and reflecting on images.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

The transformation of society and culture takes generations, although there may be times of breakthroughs.  Friends’ work to abolition of slavery began with Friend John Woolman in the 18th century and continued for over 100 years.  The struggle for true racial equality and civil rights is still a work in progress.  

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

Our spiritual communities are vital for our work to heal the world and Quaker practices offer deep and practical tools for supporting and sustaining social witness.  How can we come together in community to become patterns and examples?

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

One of the most painful lessons is that the work of peace and justice, like the work of the Seed within, is one of patient waiting. Patience is an active condition of the Spirit. It can march; it can demonstrate; it can live in jails. It can survive the long haul of transformation. But it is not fed on the bitter fruit of resentment. Doug Gwyn

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

Contemporary Friend Gretchen Haynes observes that "many faiths urge social action; Quakers understand that social action is prompted by the transformation that finds the source of all action in the inward Spirit.  This leads to a different quality to the action.” 

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

A leading might be inconvenient, nudging you onto a path you hadn't previously considered.  It might feel foolhardy or unclear.  How do we know when to say yes?  How does a true leading from God differ from the prompting of the ego?

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

"Finally I became aware that there must be something the Divine Spirit wanted me to do." Steve Angell

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

“I live in that life and power which creates the Kingdom of God beneath my feet as I walk.”

What spiritual opportunities were presented to me today?

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

"The quiet power of a life transformed by the grace of God is so explosive that it can redirect the course of human events. Consider the story of John Woolman, a successful tradesman in colonial America who pared down his business in order to live simply and fully in response to the pull of divine Grace upon his life." Richard Foster and Kathryn Helmers

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Activities like yoga, labyrinths, and mandalas are designed to help focus and calm the mind and body. Explore what happens in your mind and your body when you try simple yoga poses or use a finger labyrinth.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Activities like yoga, labyrinths, and mandalas are designed to help focus and calm the mind and body. Explore what happens in your mind and your body when you try simple yoga poses or use a finger labyrinth. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Activities like yoga, labyrinths, and mandalas are designed to help focus and calm the mind and body. Explore what happens in your mind and your body when you try simple yoga poses or use a finger labyrinth. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Activities like yoga, labyrinths, and mandalas are designed to help focus and calm the mind and body. Explore what happens in your mind and your body when you try simple yoga poses or use a finger labyrinth. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Make a collage of images. What do they say altogether? 

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Effective facilitation creates opportunities for everyone to share and moves the group toward deep connection. Our facilitator guides are found here.

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Stumbling blocks and white supremacy cut us off from God and from each other; these separations offer a false security. For God to move in our midst, we must strike from our feet the fetters that bind, and lift from our lives the weight of our wrong.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

I’m a healthcare chaplain who works in hospice, in what we call palliative care. Some people who do this work call themselves death midwives. The process of attending a person in their dying is very similar to the process of attending to a mother as she brings a child into the world.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Struggling to find a personal response to these desperate times, this framework, these truths, infused with God’s grace, have helped ground me and have given me hope.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

The experience of being either an insider or outsider in a group is a universal human experience. The quotations we share in this exercise are real life experiences of contemporary Quakers --  some affirming and some marginalizing.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly

For this spiritual practice, you are invited to engage with the writing of an early Quaker using the process of lectio divina.  

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Agape means understanding, redeeming good will for all men. It is an overflowing love which is purely spontaneous, unmotivated, groundless, and creative. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly

In the late 1950’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr introduced the concept of a “Beloved Community.” The idea was that as humans we are incredibly alike...and different all at the same time; when we learn to embrace difference as both important and good we will truly understand “community.” 

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

What is dying with dignity? Do we have choices about how and when we die? Should we?

Sharing

Friends might also be surprised to learn that there are practices for caring for one’s body after death that may be more aligned with our belief in right Stewardship of the Environment than the more common burial practices of today.

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Preparing for death can be difficult to think about and talk about. But it can also be a deeply spiritual process, through which all involved grow closer, to the Spirit and to one another. 

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What is a Quaker memorial service? How can loved ones and the meeting prepare? Illinois Yearly Meeting offers this way forward.

Grounding | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Successful facilitation creates opportunities for everyone to share and moves the group toward deep connection. Our facilitator guides are found here.

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Worship sharing with queries is one way for Friends to explore a topic through self-examination and in community. This exercise has worship sharing guidelines and suggested queries for Friendly Practices.

Sharing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

A query is a question for reflection. Queries can be used in worship sharing, discussions, or to prompt journaling or art activities. 

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Worship sharing with queries is one way for Friends to explore a topic through self-examination and in community. This exercise has worship sharing guidelines and suggested queries for The Light, Seed, Christ Working in Us. 

Sharing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

A query is a question for reflection. Queries can be used in worship sharing, discussions, or to prompt journaling or art activities.

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A query is a question for reflection. Queries can be used in worship sharing, discussions, or to prompt journaling or art activities. 

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Friends from Santa Monica Friends Meeting have curated this reading list.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Poetry can stimulate new ways of thinking. Participants will explore feelings, experiences, and images sparked by poetry and choose an activity to do together. 

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

As you practice yoga and become mindful of not just your body, but also of your thoughts and emotions, you will become more connected to and mindful of your environment, your community, and the world around you.

Practicing | Adults | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Practical steps for transforming physical pain into spiritual growth.

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Recent research suggests regular meditation practice boosts mental flexibility and focus, offering powerful protection against cognitive decline.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Examine your motivation each day with this daily spiritual practice. 

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 15 minutes

Examine the meaning of the phrase contributed to George Fox.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Have you ever tried to write your own psalm? Does that sound intimidating, or even inappropriate? A psalm is a sacred song or poem used in worship. We can all write them. 

Sharing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Explore your thinking on aging, death and dying with these queries and questions for reflection. Many exercises can be followed with a discussion or worship share with these queries. 

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Practice seeking to understand one another with this activity. 

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Practice threshing with real problems. 

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Practice mindful discernment with this simple task. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

The discernment of spiritual gifts is enhanced by the time we've shared together. That's why exercise is used as a closing activity.

Sharing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Make a “listening mural” where everyone represents in words or imagery what they experience in the silence of worship.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Make a “listening mural” where everyone represents in words or imagery what they experience in the silence of worship.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Make a “listening mural” where everyone represents in words or imagery what they experience in the silence of worship.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Make a “listening mural” where everyone represents in words or imagery what they experience in the silence of worship.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Quakers use the term Query to refer to a question or series of questions used for reflection and in spiritual exercises. Friends have used Queries as tools for offering spiritual challenges to the community.

Sharing | Elementary (ages 6-11) | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Explore the spirituality of art and the art of spirituality. 

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Explore the spirituality of art and the art of spirituality. 

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Explore the spirituality of art and the art of spirituality.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Explore the spirituality of art and the art of spirituality.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Is there a Quaker way of dying? How do we, as Quakers, do this?

Sharing | Adults | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

The Racial Microaggressions photo series was completed in December 2013 as part of a final in Visual Thinking taught by Casey Ruble. The prompt was to "create something honest."

Practicing | High School and Up | 45 minutes

What the world needs as much as ever is to hear that still, small voice: a voice that asks us not to fear the fearful; that reminds us that the rain falls on the just and the unjust; and that directs our moral obligation away from ourselves and toward the stranger, the poor, the incarcerated prisoner, and the victims of violence and oppression.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

What does that future look like?  What is Spirit calling you to do in your life to co-create wholeness?  How are you called to dismantle white supremacy and work toward justice?

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes
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Explore the spirituality of art and the art of spirituality. 

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Make noticing wholeness a spiritual practice. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote and spoke extensively about Beloved Community and agape love, the love that promotes understanding, nonviolence, and the restoration of community. Let's see what we can learn from Dr. King about co-creating wholeness. 

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

My mom died of cancer when I was 12, which lit the spark for my 40‐year career as a children’s oncologist. The culture in 1950s’ Britain was to avoid discussing death, especially around children. I wasn’t told of her passing until three days later, on a brief excursion home from my boarding school. Twenty‐five years later, I immigrated to America and by chance was introduced to Quakers in Columbus, Ohio. It was a troubling time in my life.

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Many Friends have made videos and podcasts to reach out to people around the world. From informational histories, to instructional guides, to deep ministry, we can use this medium to learn more and build community.

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What do Friends have to say about aging, dying, and death?

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Ground your work in scripture.

Quaker faith and practice can be compared and combined with a wide variety of other traditions such as Buddhism or ethical humanism. But we will find our deepest and fullest reasonaces with the biblical Christian traditions that nurtured early Friends and with the Jewish traditions that nurtured Jesus.

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Growing old, even when that means facing physical or other changes, can help us focus on what is essential.

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The first call is to God, to faithfulness. Out of faithfulness rises the call to live in peace. In these times, we hear God calling us to live peaceably in all our relationships.

Sharing | Middle School and Up | 45 minutes

The stance of reliance on the Inward Teacher and following that Light that leads all into compassion, mercy and justice, can call us into the unexpected. 

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes
Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Children are delighted by the diversity in our world. Share these books with children to help expand their understanding of community. 

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Learn from Friends near and far through video and podcasts. From informational histories, to instructional guides, to deep ministry, we can use these media to learn more and build community.

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Learn from Friends near and far through video and podcasts. From informational histories to instructional guides, to deep ministry, we can use these media to learn more and build community.

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Ground your work in scripture. Quaker faith and practice can be compared and combined with a wide variety of other traditions: such as Buddhism, or ethical humanism. But we will find our deepest and fullest reasonaces with the biblical Christian traditions that nurtured early Friends and with the Jewish traditions that nurtured Jesus.

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In radical-progressive faith communities, the “Kingdom of God” is often translated as the “Beloved Community,” a concept popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This vision of the Beloved Community included not only the redemption of the oppressed but also of the oppressor. Some feel the term, Beloved Community, has been co-opted by majority white faith communities that have not fully embraced the radical notion of agape love, or God's love.  So, we've chosen to express this idea as Living into Wholeness.

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Children explore the world in search of examples for how to be. They also strive to be examples for others. 

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Many Friends have used video as a way to reach out to people around the world. From informational histories, to instructional guides, to deep ministry, we can use this medium to learn more and build community.

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What do f/Friends have to say about the peculiar practices of Friends?

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Ground your work in scripture. Quaker faith and practice can be compared and combined with a wide variety of other traditions: such as Buddhism, or ethical humanism. But we will find our deepest and fullest reasonaces with the biblical Christian traditions that nurtured early Friends and with the Jewish traditions that nurtured Jesus.

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The more we pay attention to the still small voice within and turn to the Inward Guide, the more we will be led not only into acting more justly to each person we encounter, but also into behavior that prods and encourages them to live in such a way as well.

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Take a visual approach to expressions of Friendly Practices by looking at and reflecting on images made by people exploring the topic. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Learn from Friends near and far through video and podcasts. From informational histories, to instructional guides, to deep ministry, we can use these media to learn more and build community.

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Ground your work in the voices of Friends.

Friends from George Fox to Bayard Rustin have written about Quaker faith and practice. What have Friends shared with us across the centuries?

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Ground your work in scripture.

Quaker faith and practice can be compared and combined with a wide variety of other traditions such as Buddhism or ethical humanism. But we will find our deepest and fullest reasonaces with the biblical Christian traditions that nurtured early Friends and with the Jewish traditions that nurtured Jesus.

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We are stewards of a powerful tradition. One that the world desperately needs.

 

 

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The Quaker understanding ... was guided by the Spirit directing us to the inward experience that is found in worship.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Use music to come into closer relationship with God. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 15 minutes

Listen to or sing this song as you wonder about the meaning. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 15 minutes

Listen to this song, sing along, and discuss what it means.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 15 minutes

Learn from Friends near and far through video and podcasts. From informational histories, to instructional guides, to deep ministry, we can use these media to learn more and build community.

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Ground your work in the voices of Friends.

Friends from George Fox to Bayard Rustin have written about Quaker faith and practice. What have Friends shared with us across the centuries?

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Ground your work in scripture. Quaker faith and practice can be compared and combined with a wide variety of other traditions such as Buddhism. But we will find our deepest and fullest reasonaces with the biblical Christian traditions that nurtured early Friends and with the Jewish traditions that nurtured Jesus.

 

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We Friends believe that the Inner Christ is at work molding us via every experience that comes our way.

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Successful facilitation creates opportunities for everyone to share and moves the group toward deep connection. Our facilitator guides are found here. 

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Share your experience of silent worship by making a paper quilt. 

Sharing | Elementary (ages 6-11) | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

Activities like yoga, labyrinths, and mandalas are designed to help focus and calm the mind and body. Explore what happens in your mind and your body when you try simple yoga poses or use a finger labyrinth. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

What happens when we listen with intention? This activity helps us examine this question.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Ground your work in scripture.

Quaker faith and practice can be compared and combined with a wide variety of other traditions such as Buddhism or ethical humanism. But we will find our deepest and fullest reasonaces with the biblical Christian traditions that nurtured early Friends and with the Jewish traditions that nurtured Jesus.

Grounding

Ground your work in the voices of Friends.

Friends from George Fox to Bayard Rustin have written about Quaker faith and practice. What have Friends shared with us across the centuries?

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Learn from Friends near and far through video and podcasts. From informational histories, to instructional guides, to deep ministry, we can use these media to learn more and build community. 

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Worship sharing with queries is one way for Friends to explore a topic through self-examination and in community. This exercise has worship sharing guidelines and suggested queries for Silence and Expectant Waiting. 

Sharing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Take a visual approach to expressions of silence and expectant waiting by looking at and reflecting on images made by people exploring the topic. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Take a poetic approach to expressions of silence and expectant waiting by reading and reflecting on poems by people exploring the topic. 

Sharing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

This lesson is for the book, We're Going to Meeting for Worship by Abby Hadley, about a young child's experience of Meeting for Worship. Through this book we can explore stillness, silence, and what happens in Meeting for Worship. 

Sharing | Preschool (ages 3-5) | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

This exercise invites participants to share “wow” moments and better understand each other’s spiritual experiences.

 

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

As a final session, this set of activities provides an opportunity for celebrating and reflecting on your time together as a Spiritual Deepening group.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 120 minutes

Readings for children that introduce them to Quaker discernment, worship, and ways of being together in community.

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Read The Knight and the Dragon, By Tomie De Paola, to consider what it takes to solve problems so everyone is satisfied.

Practicing | Preschool (ages 3-5) | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Young Friends can have their own Meeting for Business after reading the book Approved! A Story About Quaker Meeting for Business, by Nancy L. Haines.

Practicing | Elementary (ages 6-11) | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

This lesson uses the book This Little Light of Mine, illustrated by E.B. Lewis to celebrate the special Light we all have inside us.  We can make it shine in many different ways.

Practicing | Preschool (ages 3-5) | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Explore the courage it takes to seek and share forgiveness by reading The Forgiveness Garden, by Lauren Thompson.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Take a tour of the places of power and beauty that are found on the earth and within each of us by reading and wondering about the book Places of Power by Michael DeMunn.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

This lesson uses the book Meet Jesus: The Life and Lessons of a Beloved Teacher, by Lynn Tuttel Gunney, to share the life of Jesus as a wise teacher and the lessons we can learn from how he lived his life.

Sharing | Elementary (ages 6-11) | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Explore what it means to make mistakes and ask for forgiveness by discussing the book Gershon’s Monster, by Eric Kimmel.

Practicing | Elementary (ages 6-11) | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

This lesson uses the book Enemy Pie by Derek Munson to explore finding commonality and making friends.

Practicing | Elementary (ages 6-11) | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

The book What Does It Mean to Be Present? by Rana DiOrio demonstrates what it means to be present and how being present makes life “richer, fuller and happier.”  

Practicing | Elementary (ages 6-11) | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

This lesson uses the book We’re Going to Meeting for Worship, by Abby Hadley, which focuses on Quaker Meeting for Worship, what it means to a young child, and his feelings about quiet, silence and listening.

Practicing | Preschool (ages 3-5) | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes
This lesson uses the book, Maybe God is Like That Too, by Jennifer Grant, which offers simple everyday examples that children can recognize to guide them in developing a personal and direct relationship with God. It answers the question, “Where is God?”
Sharing | Elementary (ages 6-11) | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

In this activity, the Spiritual Deepening group members will come together to share their experiences after following daily spiritual practices for several weeks.

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

In this spiritual practice, you will review your daily life and invite Spirit to illuminate, teach, heal, and guide you.

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

In this activity, you will invite a prayerful listener to witness and share your inward spiritual journey.

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Create and share art that represents the "seed" that God sews in your heart.

Sharing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

Consider what it means to live in God's life and power through quotations and stories.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

In this activity, Friends will reflect upon the rhythm and flow of the work of the Inward Teacher.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

Creating "mindfulness jars" to illustrate and practice the process of centering and being open to the Spirit in worship.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 45 minutes

Even our youngest Friends can learn to sit quietly in Meeting so that we will be able to hear the small voice when it speaks to us.

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Friends will reflect upon a lecture by a contemporary Quaker writer that challenges us to reclaim the experience of early Friends who were transformed by the Inward Light, Christ, the Seed, working in them.

Sharing | High School and Up | 90 minutes

Friends will read and reflect upon stories of people who have opened their lives to transformation by Divine Guidance, Christ Within, the Inward Light, and will consider their own willingness or resistance to obedience to the Inner Guide.

Sharing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

For Friends, Meeting for Worship is a center of gravity. It draws all to it. It provides a place to stand. It holds everything else in its right place. Quaker worship is a direct encounter with the Spirit of God.

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This game is about listening. It provides practice in being sensitive to the vocal sounds of others in the room. Frequently, before we can listen to that still small voice of God moving in a group, we need to learn to get out of ourselves, to tune in to others.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 20 minutes

This exercise is a game about listening and responding. It provides practice in being sensitive to the vocal and physical movements of just one other person. Frequently, before we can listen to that still small voice of God moving in a group, we need to learn to get out of ourselves and to tune in to others.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 20 minutes

Similar to a guided meditation, this exercise offers a variety of ways to use the silence of worship. After trying these methods, participants will engage in worship sharing to explore how each worked and other ways and times they have been able to listen in the silence.

Practicing | Elementary (ages 6-11) | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Using the double-circle format, Friends will share, on a one-to-one basis, their experience in silent worship. 

Sharing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Learning to recognize opportunities for creating silent periods during your busy days. 

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 5 minutes

Learning to recognize prompts to connect with a loved person, and from that, with the Divine.

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 5 minutes

Guidance in learning to discern between the jumping voices of distraction in your head (sometimes called “monkey mind”) and the Divine voice. 

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 25 minutes

Hints for finding the stillness that can bring you a sense of the Divine presence in everyday places and events.

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 10 minutes

A “tutorial” on dealing with distractions that may arise as an individual practices entering and exploring interior silence.

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 10 minutes

A guide to help participants use meditation and journaling to explore their own inward silence and the openings they may experience there.

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Explore how the body can be a tool to help us pray and experience closeness with the Divine wordlessly. 

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 20 minutes

Make a “listening mural” where everyone represents in words or imagery what they experience in the silence of worship.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Readings for children that remind them that God is always with them to help them find their way.

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An introduction to the experience of the young Samuel Bownas, who would become a faithful and effective traveling Quaker minister in the 18th century.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Reflections on a passage from the Journal of George Fox which considers moments of Fox’s spiritual encounters with Truth.

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

In this activity, you will go through the process of choosing a daily spiritual practice and trying your practice for a period of time.

Practicing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

A series of activities, across ages, that illustrate the spirit and transforming power of Quaker worship.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

Individual practices focusing on decision-making and spiritual discernment.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

This activity allows a participant to bring forth a real issue and a few others to sit with him/her and experience having a clearness committee about the issue.

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

A play for Friends of all ages that invites Friends to live into the Bible story of the wandering Israelites.  We do not know whether the Bible story is based on historical events; but by living into the story, we can discover why this story has survived for perhaps 3000 years. The story provides a safe context for exploring the feelings that rise up among members of a spiritual community.

Sharing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 60 minutes

A story from Patricia McBee in which she learned, as a new clerk how to listen to the movement of Spirit in a Meeting for  Business.  A Friend confronted her over the style and content of her clerking and walked out.  She wanted to respond in kind, but the business of Meeting kept her from reacting.  “Later, I was amazed at how the Spirit had taken over the clerkship and kept me focused on what the meeting needed.”  

Sharing | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Readings from Bill Taber and John Woolman help one evaluate her or his state of mind in Quaker activities.  Queries encourage reflection, and practices help in reaching and holding centeredness. 

Practicing | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly | 30 minutes

Participants will role-play ordering lunch with two options.  They will experience different ways to make a decision, then name each and discuss which is the best choice to build community and good feelings.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 15 minutes

A simple exercise that brings an intergenerational group together to demonstrate how it feels to shift from negative, fearful feelings to more positive, constructive ones.

Practicing | All Ages | Newcomer Friendly | 5 minutes