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 room of the 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.
Below is a list of some previous and upcoming events. Please click on the title for additional information. 
  •  Living in Afghanistan: November 12, 12:45 pm, SAM Building: Music room: Please join Ann Procter to hear about her experience living and working in Afghanistan. 
  •  Ann will show "Weep Like the Waterwheel," a short documentary film about Afghan women, and looks forward to sharing her observations about life in Afghanistan. 
  •  Many of us at Bethesda Friends Meeting are involved in the effort to sponsor, welcome, and help settle an Afghan refugee family to Maryland in the near future. This is a wonderful opportunity to educate ourselves about the culture of a family with whom we expect to be very involved, and will help us interact with them with greater sensitivity. 
  •  The time of this film and discussion will allow participants to get something to eat at potluck, but please arrange to be in the music room by 12:45.

  • Quakerism Class:  During October and November, Adult Religious Education will hold a 6-class series "Exploring Quaker Faith and Practice."
  • This will be an engaging, multi-week program for newcomers as well as longer-term Friends. You can attend one or all of the programs!  
  • The classes will be held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Room (across the patio and downstairs in the SAM building).
  • The dates will be: October 15, 22, 29; November 12 and 19; and December 10.
  • For those interested, we suggest buying or borrowing the book Letters to a Fellow Seeker by Steve Chase. We will be reading this during the 6-week series (Quaker Books, Barnes & Noble, Amazon Books)
  For more details, please click here (pdf).  Please give 2 weeks notice to request child care for this program. 

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.