The Spiritual Deepening Library is a collection of exercises meant to deepen the life, worship, connection, and witness of individuals and meetings through the exploration of Quaker thought and practice, sharing and deep listening. The Library has materials for adults and children.

Quaker faith and practice began with a question: “What canst thou say?” 400 years later, asking questions remains the essence of our faith.

The Spiritual Deepening Library invites newcomers, individuals, and meetings to explore the questions that transform lives and take them deeper in the life of the Spirit. It offers resources, readings, queries, and activities that support spiritual exploration for individuals and small groups.

Browse Spiritual Deepening Library Topics

A Quaker Way of Living with Dying

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

  • Grounding Exercises: 8
  • Practicing Exercises: 5
  • Sharing Exercises: 13
  • For Children Exercises: 1

Becoming Patterns and Examples

This topic explores how Quakers put faith into practice.

  • Grounding Exercises: 4
  • Practicing Exercises: 6
  • Sharing Exercises: 8
  • For Children Exercises: 1

Building a Meaningful and Connected Life

This Spiritual Deepening Library topic is under development.

Friendly Practices

Explore the practices of Friends, including discernment, Meeting for Worship with attention to business, worship sharing, and more.

  • Grounding Exercises: 5
  • Practicing Exercises: 13
  • Sharing Exercises: 7
  • For Children Exercises: 1

The Light, Seed, Christ Working In Us

Explore the experience of being led by the inner guide.

  • Grounding Exercises: 5
  • Practicing Exercises: 11
  • Sharing Exercises: 12
  • For Children Exercises: 1

Living into Wholeness

Many of us know that the Beloved Community is “not yet,” because we see the trauma of white supremacy and colonialism playing itself out across the globe. But can we co-create and Live Into Wholeness together?

  • Grounding Exercises: 4
  • Practicing Exercises: 4
  • Sharing Exercises: 11
  • For Children Exercises: 1

Silence and Expectant Waiting

Explore the Quaker experience of worship, silent waiting, and vocal ministry.

  • Grounding Exercises: 5
  • Practicing Exercises: 17
  • Sharing Exercises: 6
  • For Children Exercises: 1

Understanding & Healing White Supremacy

This Spiritual Deepening Library topic is under development.

Weaving a Wider Welcome

Explore best practices for bringing newcomers into the life of the meeting.

  • Grounding Exercises: 1
  • Practicing Exercises: 7
  • Sharing Exercises: 10

Quaker Roots

The Quaker Roots section of the Spiritual Deepening Library offers an introduction to some key components of Quaker theology, faith, and practice.

  • Grounding Exercises: 4
  • Practicing Exercises: 3
  • Sharing Exercises: 4
  • For Children Exercises: 1
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