Advices & Queries for Friends School Community Life
Inspired by Faith and Practice of twenty-six yearly meetings around the world, Advices and Queries is designed to sustain and deepen the Quaker dimension of Friends school communities as it supports administrators, faculty, and staff in examining how their daily practices and interactions reflect Quaker values. read more
Faith & Practice, Friends School of Baltimore
Illuminates the school's Quaker beliefs and practices. A wonderful resource and model for all Friends schools, this book provides information about how Friends School of Baltimore uses the traditional Quaker testimonies of peace and equality to build a caring, respectful community, while exploring the principles behind decision making, meeting for worship, and cooperation in a Quaker community. Click to download. (1.6mb PDF)
Faith & Practice, Friends Seminary
Since the gathering of their first communities in the seventeenth century, members of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, have been wary of creeds or other prescribed declarations of faith. However, individual Friends, as well as small groups of Friends and Friends’ Meetings, have issued written statements of their beliefs (testimonies), as well as guidance and advice about ways of being and acting in the world. These expressions of “faith and practice” are living documents, open to revision as Friends engage in the continuing search for truth. This first edition of the Friends Seminary Faith & Practice was prepared with input from faculty, school committee, parents and students and approved by the Friends Seminary School Committee in April, 2012. Friends Seminary Faith & Practice is at once a reflection of our present reality and an expression of our aspirations as an educational community informed by Quaker values. read more
Learning & Living in the Light
West Chester Friends School shares Learning & Living in the Light - a combination of testimonies, faith, and practices with family handbook. read more
Princeton Friends School Faith & Practice
Living Quakerism at Princeton Friends School, October 2009
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Testimonies, Sidwell Friends School
Sidwell Friends School's Quaker Life Committee Testimonies provides quotations and queries for reflection around nine testimonies, consistent with Friends' conviction that there is "that of God" in everyone: integrity, peace, compassion, simplicity, stewardship, justice, service, learning, and community. These testimonies comprise a living document, which can serve as a basis for continuing exploration and discussion of the values, commitments and practices of Friends school communities.
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San Francisco Friends School's Introduction to Quaker Testimonies booklet provides wisdom, quotes, and queries to guide reflection on Friends principles: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, stewardship/service, and silent reflection. This booklet was created to honor the Quaker roots of the school's mission, to strive to build knowledge and understanding of Quaker values, to welcome children, teachers and parents to Meeting for Worship, and to encourage members of the school community to learn more deeply about aspects of Friends education such as peaceful problem-solving, stewardship, and inclusive decision-making. Click to download. (21mb)
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For lower grades at Friends Meeting School, we focus on a monthly spiritual theme that relates to a Quaker testimony and we have queries to accompany each spiritual theme. Sometimes students come up with additional queries to support the theme. Four days a week (when we don't have Meeting for Worship) we have a "Centering Time" we center our focus on the month's theme or have an activity related to Peace Skills.
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Craig Sellers, former Head of United Friends School, Quakertown, Pa., shared a simple structure of School-wide study of Quaker testimonies. This community focus has succeeded in boosting the religious center of the school and strengthening the sense of community, with Quaker testimonies guiding the school to its goals. And so began the school’s practice of engaging in a year-long exploration of one testimony, beginning with “community.” Each year, teachers build one testimony as a focal point into their curriculum planning.
Sidwell Friends School's Quaker Life Committee Testimonies provides quotations and queries for reflection around nine testimonies, consistent with Friends' conviction that there is "that of God" in everyone: integrity, peace, compassion, simplicity, stewardship, justice, service, learning, and community. These testimonies comprise a living document, which can serve as a basis for continuing exploration and discussion of the values, commitments and practices of Friends school communities. Click to download. (89kb)