Adult Religious Education

ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION at Homewood Friends Meeting occurs at 9:15 a.m, on most Sundays (First Days) except the first Sunday of each month.

General information:

  • On the first First Day (Sunday) of the month we do not have Adult Religious Education because we have our monthly business meeting after worship and lunch.
  • On the second First Day we have Quaker Book Club, in which we discuss books about topics of interest to Friends. Although it is helpful for most to have read the book passage in advance, it is not a requirement. People are encouraged to come, listen in, and contribute their thoughts on the topic.
  • At announced times, we have Experiment with Light, which is a guided Quaker meditation based on a reconstruction of the worship experience of the early Quakers.

Reading for Sunday, September 9, 2018:

Cary reading on pacifism

October dates:

Quaker Book Club starts up again on Sunday, October 15 at 9:15 in the lower level. We will be considering the words of Thomas Kelly, as presented by Homewood member Kathleen Wilson in her online pamphlet, Life from the Center, which can be accessed at . We will begin our discussion on the passage at the end on page 24, “The Simplification of Life.”

Here is an introduction to that work:

The Message and Life of Quaker Thomas Kelly                             

Presented here is the free online pamphlet Life from the Center, introducing the message and life of Quaker Thomas R. Kelly through excerpts from his two short books A Testament of Devotion and The Eternal Promise.  He describes the experience of discovering God within, listening in the heart of silence, and being guided and led by the Inward Light into the world. 

Kelly (1893-1941) was an educator, writer, and earnest, lifelong Quaker, compelled to attain in philosophy the highest level of academic achievement.  It was after a devastating personal crisis that he experienced the Presence, Power, Love, God working within him–joy, peace, serene release.

In his short life Thomas Kelly brought together a specific variety of family, academic, and Quaker experiences.  Particularly affecting him were also his driving desire to reconcile intellect and the reality of God and later the deep inner fellowship he shared with Quakers in 1938 Nazi Germany.  It was during his last three years of life that he wrote out of his experience in words poetic and powerful, simple yet deep, that call the reader to life from the Center.

Experiment with Light will meet on October 22 at 9:15 in the Library.Adult education programs are often held in the Library, but some, such as the Quaker Book Club, meet in the dining room downstairs because we serve coffee, tea, and breakfast snacks.

For materials used in previous A.R.E. sessions, please click here.

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