New England Yearly Meeting

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Quaker Parenting Initiative Begins a New Chapter

Apr 3, 2018
Beth Collea (Wellesley, MA) and Harriet Heath (Schoodic, ME)

The Quaker Parenting Initiative (QPI) celebrated the beginning of a new chapter in its service to Friends at a Woolman Hill weekend in March. Friends from six yearly meetings and 17 monthly meetings explored how this uniquely Quaker approach to childrearing can help Friends frame parenting as part of their Quaker spiritual journey.  At the heart of this approach is a query-based method for sorting out parenting challenges by operationalizing one’s deepest hopes and convictions. We recognize this support for families as vital work as Quakerism grows and moves into the future. Several Friends continued their training to become QPI facilitators during this weekend and thus will make QPI much more widely available.

The twenty-two adults shared, worshipped and learned together while seven young children flowed in and out of the program space with grace and joy under the expert care of Avery Johnson and Sarah Wennemyrs. Some of the participants were grandparents and some were nursing their first child.  The varied group held in common a concern for the needs of Quaker parents currently in our meetings and those who will come to our meetings in the years ahead. We are especially grateful for the generosity of Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund who made this weekend of training and retreat possible.

The Quaker Parenting Initiative has two virtual parent discussion series scheduled to begin this month, on April 16th and April 18th.  Each section meets via Zoom for 2 hours once a week, over 5 weeks. For more information on QPI or to sign up for a QPI group visit the web site or contact Harriet Heath by email or call 413-230-6568.  

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