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. 

**April 14, 2019, 9:30 in the Music Room: Deborah Haines on "William Penn and Equality."

On Sunday, 4/14, at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Room (basement) of the SAM Building, Deborah Haines of Alexandria Meeting will discuss William Penn and equality. She has led many well-received ARE discussions in the past.
By way of background, when William Penn first arrived in the new colony of Pennsylvania in 1682, he quickly put in place a system for organizing settlement of the land. He ordered his surveyors to move outward from Philadelphia, creating contiguous townships consisting of small farms laid out along either side of a central road. William Penn’s townships have received little attention from historians, but they were just as much an expression of religious values as New England’s famed village centers.
Come learn more about how the egalitarian Quaker concept of community shaped the landscape of southeastern Pennsylvania in the seventeenth century, and helped lay the foundations for American democracy.
For more information: Ron Wetteroth (see Directory).
If you'd like child care through Grade 6 while attending, please contact Marion Harrell (see Directory) 10 days in advance. 
PREVIOUS (Please contact the ARE committee clerk if you would like them to repeat a class.)
  • March 24, 2019: "The Burning One-ness Binding Everything: A Spiritual Journey" by Bruce Birchard. Discussion of a Pendle Hill Pamphlet. For discussion questions click here.
  • Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24, and Mar 10, 2019:  Six sessions of "An Introduction to Quaker Faith and Practice," using the book Letters to a Fellow Seeker, by Steve Chase. 
  • January 13, 2019:
    "William Penn and Equality" (Postponed until April 2019) 
  • October & November 2016: Exploring Quakerism: A 6-part series for newcomers as well as more recent and long-time Friends. Series summary.