Adult Education

Friends Meeting at Cambridge offers many opportunities for deepening our Quaker practice through adult education programs. These programs focus on Quaker philosophy, theology and history, and on current events from a Quaker perspective. This is a list of what we have been doing. For current offerings, please see the events listing for the month.

Martha-Swope2Forums: Worship Centered Discussion

Sunday Mornings 9:30 – 10:15 am
Forums are relatively small informal discussions, usually with a leader and about a particular topic. All are welcome; forums provide good opportunities for new members, attenders, and visitors to learn more about our Meeting and what issues are of concern to the Meeting, and to get to know other individuals in the Meeting. Childcare is provided beginning at 9:15.


All-day Saturday workshops at the Friends Center, 5 Longfellow Park, have been given on vocal ministry, our unity and diversity, forgiveness, Transition Towns, racial justice, home energy efficiency, the New Story, and other topics.

Interest groups frequently present workshops on Sunday afternoon, often showing films and encouraging discussion. Visitors from other meetings also present workshops.


An introduction to Quakerism course is given periodically for newcomers and old-timers alike.

A 6-week course on the Journey of the Universe: our awakening consciousness was given in the spring of 2012. Additional courses on Quaker history and practice are offered by the Quaker Studies program of Salem Quarterly Meeting.


All-meeting family weekend retreats at the monastery in Alfred, Maine, have provided time for fun and contemplation as well as exploration of such topics as non-violent communication and compassionate listening or simplicity and environmental stewardship.

Women’s weekend silent retreats have been held regularly at Glastonbury Abbey.


Groups of Friends often gather at the Friends Center for discussion on topics of special interest, such as worship, theism and how we view Jesus, and historical Quakers and their teachings.

In addition, small groups of Friends gather in homes for fellowship and worship.