Do you want to host a workshop on climate change, environmental justice, Quaker faith-in-action, eco-theology, native plants, permaculture, or another environmental issue?
Quaker Earthcare Witness staff, Steering Committee Members and Friends offer online workshops for your Friends meeting, church, or community. See the list of our current offerings below. We also host online workshops and events for individuals. Scroll down to our “Upcoming Events” section to see what’s coming up.
QEW Presents! Workshops for Your Community
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up for a workshop?
Email email@example.com to share which workshop(s) you’re interested in and propose a few dates and times that work for your group. We’ll connect you with the workshop leader and set up the registration once you’ve agreed upon the specifics.
Is there a cost for these programs?
We offer these workshops as a service to help Friends strengthen their Earthcare work. We welcome donations. Past donations for QEW Presents! workshops have ranged from $150 to $300. You can make a donation by sending a check to Quaker Earthcare Witness, P.O. Box 6787 Albany, CA 94706 or online.
Is it possible to schedule several different programs throughout the year?
We welcome invitations to come back to your community. Zoom makes this easy.
Do you ask for a minimum number of participants?
We don’t have a minimum, but if you have a small group (15 or less) you could reach out to your neighbor meetings or churches and invite them to join.
How do we set up the workshop?
We like to set up a registration process for the workshop and use your group’s Zoom link. We ask you to share the registration form with your community and have everyone sign up. This helps us know how many people to expect at each workshop and makes it easy to follow up afterward.
What if our group is looking for a workshop on a topic not listed above?
Have an idea for a workshop or don’t see a topic covered here that you would like to know more about? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you come in person?
We’d love to come in person, though the logistics are often complicated and costly. QEW staff often visit larger Quaker gatherings, like yearly meetings, and are grateful when QEW community members suggest a speaker or a workshop from our organization to the planning committees.
How can our meeting/church support QEW so that these offerings can be widely available?
Please consider making an annual donation from your meeting/church. Fully one third of our support comes from Quaker organizations such as monthly and yearly meetings. Together, we can do this good work.
Worship Sharing with Quaker Earthcare Witness
March 28 @ 7:00 pm ET
In worship sharing, we gather in small groups to focus on a particular question (or questions) to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in “that which is eternal.” We welcome all to join us!
Together we are creating more opportunities for Friends to be in spiritual community with one another.
A Quaker Ecology Book Group
April 5 @ 7:00 pm ET
All are invited to join a four-session book group on Cherice Bock's A Quaker Ecology: Meditations on the Future of Friends on Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7-8 Eastern/ 4-5pm Pacific.
In our best moments, Friends have been in the middle of the action around the social justice issues of each time period, discerning to the best of their abilities the direction the Inward Light leads and speaking truth to power. In our own time, climate justice can no longer be ignored if we want to have a healthy planet to live on and if we want to participate in the heart of the justice movements of the twenty-first century.
To work on climate justice requires Quakers in the United States to revisit the practices and history of the Religious Society of Friends, recognizing the ways we have been complicit in unjust land acquisition, natural resource depletion, the intersecting injustices surrounding environmental racism, classism, and gender disparities, and the impacts of globalization. This book offers a series of meditations on the Quaker ecology, both internally in our denomination as well as in our connections to the world around us. It forms an invitation to participate in an Eco-Reformation, altering the trajectory of our Society through re-membering our history and reimagining our future as participants in the community of all life.
We encourage Friends to read the book (you can find it at Barclay Press in print or digital formats) and/or to listen to Cherice at the 2020 New England Yearly Meeting's annual sessions, where she presented the original content as part of their Bible Half-Hours
Online Steering Committee Meeting
April 20 @ 5:00 pm ET - April 23 @ 4:00 pm ET
Our spring steering committee will be on Zoom April 20-23, 2023.
The agenda is to be announced.
Photo by Kathy Barnhart