Programs That Draw Us Closer to God
This section is devoted to adult religious education courses, workshops, longer programs, and Quaker conference and retreat centers that help individuals and faith communities deepen their lives in God.
Quaker Religious Education Collaborative is a fairly new international, inter-branch Quaker group devoted to all forms of religious education and spiritual formation across the lifespan. They hold annual conferences, which now are held hybrid so that Friends can take part from around the world. They host a variety of “conversation circles” on subjects relating to RE. Their website includes a terrific online resource library with hundreds of courses and many other kinds of resources.
School of the Spirit is a Quaker ministry offering a variety of programs and publications relating to the broader topic of spiritual nurture and prayer. Many people have taken their two year program “On Being a Spiritual Nurturer”. They are currently offering a program called “Faithful Meetings”.
Earlham School of Religion is a Quaker seminary based in Richmond, Indiana. They offer a number of different graduate programs, including masters of divinity, and certificates. They have master’s programs for those called to ministries in the arts or in peace and social transformation. It is also possible to enroll in individual courses as an “occasional student”.
Quaker Conference & Retreat Centers
All of these centers offer a wide variety of in-person, online, and hybrid programs as well as personal retreats.
Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting (Barnesville, Ohio)
Pendle Hill (Wallingford, Pennsylvania)
Powell House (Old Chatham, New York)
Quaker Center (Ben Lomond, California)
Woodbrooke (Birmingham, England)
Woolman Hill (Deerfield, Massachusetts)