Adult Religious Education (ARE)

The Adult Religious Education (ARE) Committee schedules classes on a variety of topics. Anyone is welcome to attend! They are usually held 1-2 times a month at 9:30 a.m. in the basement (music) room of the SAM building (Science, Arts, Music building) of Sidwell Friends Lower School campus.  

Please look below or check our calendar or current newsletter for an up-to-date schedule. The typical dates are the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Below is a list of some previous and upcoming events. Please click on the title for additional information. 
June 10th, 9:30 in the Music Room
  • Many people at BFM have expressed interest in a spiritual formation program. 
  • This is your chance to learn about spiritual formation programs and hear from people who have experienced them. 
  • We will also have people talk about their experience with spiritual friendship groups. 
  • We will have specific information about the spiritual formation program offered by Baltimore Yearly Meeting, for which registration opens this summer. 
June 24th, 9:30 in the Music Room
  •  We will have a facilitated discussion of the tasks of grieving and the practices that help us integrate our grieving (to prevent us from getting stuck in it). 
  • The presenter is an LCSWC, practicing psychotherapist, retired Bereavement Counselor, and author of My House Burned Down and Now I Can See the Stars: Reflections on Losing and Finding.  
July 22nd, 9:30 on the Patio (if rain: in the Music Room)
  • Bringing back the very popular Spiritual Coffeehouse.
  • Hosted by ARE, everyone is is encouraged to share materials that speak to their spirit.
  • It can be writings or poems (your own or others), art work, music, photography -- anything else that speaks to your spirit.
  • Join in and have some spirit-led worship and fun.

PREVIOUS (Please contact the ARE committee clerk if you would like them to consider repeating a class.)
  • October & November 2016: Exploring Quakerism: A 6-part series for newcomers as well as more recent and long-time Friends. Series summary.