Teaching Resources

Adult Religious Education

The three Quakerism classes were all developed as courses for monthly meetings in the Philadelphia region and taught repeatedly over the years, usually as a 6-7 week class series under the auspices of the Adult Relgious Education Committee.  At that time the ARE coordinator published and updated a list of traveling teachers and would help connect meetings with teachers.

Quakerism 101 is an introduction to Quakerism. The six classes are on early Quaker history, the Inward Light, Meeting for Worship, Meeting for Business, Quaker testimonies & the meeting as a community.

This Is Our Testimony to the World ("Quakerism 201") is a course in the Quaker testimonies of integrity, simplicity, equality, peace and stewardship of the earth. It focuses especially on how each social testimony springs from central facets of Quaker faith.

Gospel Order ("Quakerism 301") offers a more advanced exploration of issues that many meetings wrestle with in the "beloved community" of the meeting family. Topics include ways of deepening the spirit-led vocal ministry, experiencing business meeting as worship, encouraging the spiritual gifts of members and engaging each other lovingly in mutual spiritual accountability.  Downloadable version of this course:

Gospel Order Course.pdf

Primary readings for all three of the above courses are the excerpts in the 1997 Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

High School Religion Courses

I taught religion during the 2001-2002 acsdemic year at Westtown School. The following are the handouts used in the three courses I taught that year to high school sophomores.  Each of the following includes a weekly handout with information on the topic and self-reflection queries.

Hebrew Bible (Genesis & Exodus, Psalms, prophets)

New Testament (mainly Luke) 

New Testament course.doc

Quakerism

Intergenerational First Day School series on Early Friends

In the spring of 2011 I taught an eight week class series on the first generation of Friends and what impact they can have on our own faith and lives today as Friends.  This included a series of skits that were combined into a play that we presented to the meeting.  Lots of fun stuff that appealed to our attenders who ranged in age from 6 to 80!  [materials to be added]

General materials for course on Early Friends

Quaker Jeapordy & a fun quiz on Fox

Play (combines skits from several classes)

Other Materials

Spiritual Practices

Course on Beatitudes

Friends are welcome to use these curricula, although I would appreciate being credited with creating them. I will be happy to email you a printable file of these curricula if you wish. You can contact me at peter's email.

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Death Cannot Kill What Never Dies

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They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it.  
Death cannot kill what never dies.  
Nor can spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same Divine Principle; the Root and Record of their friendship.
If absence be not death, neither is theirs.  
Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.  
For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent.
In this Divine Glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure.
This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.
 - William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude, 1702.

Note: This passage was quoted by J.K.Rowling as the epigraph of her novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Braithwaite on Outreach

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Men & Women with a Message of Power

It is as a "religion of life" that Quakerism will be presented in the future and is being presented now.

Its distinguishing note will be its resolve to bring all this human life of ours under the transforming power of spiritual life.  It will stand out against all divisions and compartments that separate the sacred from the secular, the sanctuary from the outward world of nature, the sacrament from the days' common work, the clergy from the laity. 

It will tell of a Christian experience that makes all life sacred and all days holy, all nature a sanctuary, all work a sacrament, and gives to every man and woman in the body fit place and service.  Its concern will be to multiply men and women who will have a message of power because they are themselves the children of light.  It will claim the whole of man's life, and the whole of life, individual, social, national international, for the dominion of the will of God.

William C. Braithwaite and Henry T. Hodgkin, The Message and Mission of Quakerism (Philadelphia, Winston, 1912), 25-26.

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