Playing in the Light in the Pacific Northwest! September 2023

Friends in the Pacific Northwest!

We’re delighted to announce a “Playing in the Light” training (Godly Play/Faith & Play training for Quakers) the weekend of September 15-17 at West Hills Friends Meeting in Portland, Oregon! This training will be co-facilitated by Caryl Menkhus Creswell and Melinda Wenner Bradley. 

This experiential approach to religious education can transform your program for children and nurture intergenerational spiritual community. Learn and practice a method of storytelling grounded in deep respect for children, that explores the existential limits of their lives through wonder, play, and stories from the Bible and Quaker faith and practice. Discussions include:

  • nurturing the spirituality of children
  • exploring the “unspoken” lessons of spaces and methodology
  • supporting children and families in the meeting community
  • working with multiage groups and diverse needs
  • weaving Godly Play/Faith & Play stories into a children’s program with other religious education resources available to Friends.


Playing in the Light Hybrid Training Schedule:  

Questions? Reach out to the co-trainer:

1. Asynchronous reading for participants before online introduction session:

  • Book: Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children
  • Selections (PDF) from the Faith & Play Stories publication provided by the trainers

2. Online Introduction Session: Sunday, September 10, 4-5:30pm (PDT)

3. In-person weekend hosted at West Hills Friends Meeting, September 15-17

  • Friday, September 15, 5:30p – 9:00p
  • Saturday, September 16, 8:30a – 6:00p
  • Sunday, September 17, 1:00p – 5:00p

4. Optional Online Check-in: post-training Date TBD, 90 minutes


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