2019 Summer Research Seminar

The 2019 Summer Research Seminar will be held September 9-13, 2019, in West Falmouth, MA.

QIF’s Summer Research Seminar is held yearly to encourage spirit-led research using Quaker methods of discernment and reflection. The Seminar can be thought of as a “meeting for worship for the conduct of research.” As individuals share their research projects in a Quaker process of collective inquiry and collaborative discernment, the projects may arrive at a configuration of knowledge and understanding that would not have occurred had they remained individual efforts.

Each morning begins with a time of silent centering worship after the manner of Friends, followed by the presentation of two projects on which participants are working.

Each presentation includes a time for questions, clarification, and discussion, followed by a time of collaborative discernment conducted as a “meeting for worship for sharing,” also known as “Quaker Dialogue.”

Afternoons are open for participants to work on their projects or meet with others for additional collaborative discussion and discernment.

Evening meals are shared communally providing further time for exchange and engagement.

We keep costs as low as possible. Hospitality will be provided by local Friends. We ask those who are able to contribute $100 on a sliding scale to cover costs for themselves and others. Each participant will also contribute to the cost of our meals.

For more information on attending or presenting a topic at a future seminar, please contact Shelley Tanenbaum at sheltanen@att.net.

View the PDF brochure here.