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. 
**January 13, 2019, 9:30 in the Music Room 
Please join us on Sunday, January 13, at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Room (basement) of the SAM Building, for an Adult Religious Education session on "William Penn and Equality."

On Sunday, January 13, 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. If you need child care in order to attend, please contact Marion Harrell by January 8.
**January 20, 2019, 9:30 in the Music Room 

Please join us for 6 sessions of "An Introduction to Quaker Faith and Practice."  Starting 1/20/19 at 9:30 in the Music Room (basement) of the SAM Building.  Sessions will be held on January 20, January 27, February 10, February 17, February 24, and March 10.

Are you relatively new to Friends (Quakers)? Would you like to know more about the basic underpinnings of Quaker faith and practice? Would you like to get to know others who are relatively new, and also meet people who have been Friends for a while? The Adult Religious Education Committee is sponsoring a 6-session series, Introduction to Quaker Faith and Practice
The book we will be reading, Letters to a Fellow Seeker, by Steve Chase, will be available at the Bethesda Friends Meeting book table, and can also be ordered from
If you are interested or have questions, please contact Stephanie K. stephaniekoenig [at] If you need child care in order to attend, please contact Marion Harrell by January 13.  
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  • October & November 2016: Exploring Quakerism: A 6-part series for newcomers as well as more recent and long-time Friends. Series summary.