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Exploring Right Relationships
Exploring Right Relationships

FCE/FAHE Joint Conference at Haverford June 12-15

Exploring Right Relationships:  A joint conference of the Friends Council on Education and the Friends Association for Higher Education.

Thursday, June 12 to Sunday, June 15, 2014

at Haverford College, Haverford, PA

Register today!


Friends Council on Education and Friends Association for Higher Education invite you to a joint conference. Join us to deepen practice and sharpen skills as we seek to live with integrity and balance in all our relationships. Explore in community how to bring Quaker values – truth seeking, nonviolence, simplicity, environmental stewardship and others – more fully into our educational organizations and the wider society.



• Celebration of 325 Years of Quaker Education in America with a panel of Friends school heads and presidents -  including Darryl Ford, William Penn Charter, Nancy Starmer, George School, Kimberly Wright Cassidy, Bryn Mawr College with moderators, Daniel Weiss, Haverford College President and Irene McHenry, Executive Director, Friends Council on Education.

• Tribe 1 – an ensemble of singers, poets and drummers dedicated to music of Transformation.

• Sarah Willie Le Breton, PhD., Swarthmore College professor of sociology and anthropology

• Michael Birkel, Earlham College professor of religion

• Shan Cretin, American Friends Service Committee and Diane Randall, Friends Committee on National Legislation

More information on some of the 50 workshops that are being offered is available here.

This conference seeks to deepen our practice and sharpen our skills as we seek to live with integrity and balance in all our relationships:

·with our Quaker legacy

·with ourselves and each other

·with our gifts and vocations

·with the latest advances in technology

·with the larger cultures around us

·with the world’s resources


·with that of God in each of us


We offer these queries* to seed our reflection, our dialogue, and our actions.

*Queries are tools for individuals and communities seeking a clearer way forward which stimulate reflection both inwardly and outwardly.


  • How do we build generative and nourishing relationships? With colleagues? With students?
    • How can we come to know that our many relationships are rightly ordered?
    • What are our obligations if we find that they are not?
    • How do we respond to the complex needs of students and colleagues – spiritual, social, intellectual and physical?
  • How do our history and our Quaker philosophy of truth seeking inform our educational and scholarly practices in the 21st century?
  • How can we bring our values—nonviolence, simplicity, environmental stewardship—into our organizations and the wider society?
  • How do we discern a sustainable balance in our many competing commitments?
  • How do we structure our organizations so that everyone has a seat at the table and a forum where each voice is genuinely heard and seriously considered?
  • How can we use our collective strength to cross boundaries, overcome obstacles and move towards our visionary goals?

Exploring Right Relationships

Students cross in front of Founders Hall.

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