Paths to Quaker Parenting

Religious Education

Paths to Quaker Parenting Using Quaker Beliefs, Testimonies and Practices Edited by Harriet Heath This book is the sharing of a group of parents who have struggled with concerns common to most parents. We asked ourselves questions such as: How should I respond to my three-year-old’s whining for a cookie at 5:30 in the afternoon? Should my nine-year-old have both …

Nurturing the Mind, Body, Spirit and Silliness

Religious Education

Stephen Dotson has served Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as the Middle School Friends Coordinator for the last three years. During this time his spirit-led enthusiasm has inspired, challenged and engaged Quaker middle schoolers. The gatherings have been intentionally crafted to exercise the mind, body and spirit as well as to foster community and lasting friendships between the MSFs and each other …

Christmas Resources for First Day Schools

Religious Education

At Christmastime, as at other times of the year, Friends look for programs that reflect values of inclusivity and simplicity values of Friends at Christmastime.  Many meetings make up their own programs and curricula and others use books that tell stories of the meaning of Christmas.  Below is an annotated list of some favorites as well as the introduction to …

Celebrating the holidays with joy and simplicity

Religious Education

As we approach the winter holidays, many of us struggle with the balance between celebrating joyfully and maintaining a simple household. In her article Hope, Tears and the Holidays, Pamela Haines (Central Philadelphia Meeting) shares some reflections about what we can gain from perceiving gift-giving and abundance from our children’s point of view. In A Holiday Offering, she offers ways …

Keeping Christmas at Meeting

Religious Education

From my first experience of the holiday season at London Grove Monthly Meeting, some 25 years ago before I had children through the decades to this year, I find myself experiencing the beauty of holding both the silent worship that is upheld by our Worship and Ministry Committee and the pageants and programs that are supported by our Religious Education …

Keeping ‘Em Coming: Advices for Meetings with Teens

Friends Who Care For Youth, Religious Education, Young Friends

It’s a commonly proclaimed sentiment among Quaker adults: youth are a vital part of our Meetings. However, as children become teens they often drift away from Monthly Meeting communities, much to the discouragement of First Day teachers and other adult attenders! In order to keep teens relating to Meeting, adults need to figure out what works for young people in …