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Religious Education

Spiritual Deepening Small Groups: Training for Small Group Leaders

The small group leader for a Spiritual Deepening group leads the exercises and activities that create opportunities for connection, mutual understanding, and spiritual exploration.  For in-person small groups, Friends General Conference provides orientation and ongoing support for small group leaders to use the Spiritual Deepening process and materials to lead effective and meaningful small group experiences within their home meetings. 
 

Spiritual Deepening Small Groups: How to Start a Small Group in Your Meeting

Want to learn more about the Spiritual Deepening Program and share it with your meeting?  As your meeting considers whether to participate in the Spiritual Deepening Program from Friends General Conference, this page can serve as a guide for sharing information, experiencing Spiritual Deepening activities together, and planning your next steps.
 
The Meeting Resources page offers step-by-step recommendations for forming Spiritual Deepening small groups.  

Spiritual Deepening Small Groups: Program Content

The Spiritual Deepening materials for in-person small groups are designed for participants of all ages and stages in their spiritual journey.  Participants engage in activities, discussions, role-plays, spiritual practices, art and music exercises, and worship sharing.  The content has been compiled and developed by Friends throughout the U.S. and Canada and includes materials drawn from high quality existing curricula and resources, as well as newly developed activities.

Children’s Bibles

QuakerBooks of Friends General Conference carries a number of children’s story Bibles. None of them pretend to be Bibles, per se. Rather, they are severely edited retellings in language appropriate for children. They are quite different, and appropriate for different age levels. In this article I will comment on seven children’s Bibles and provide selections from each so that you can gain a sense of their style, age appropriateness, and approach. We will look at how the different authors treat some of the same passages, such as the creation story in Genesis.

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