The Quaker Institute for the Future holds summer research seminars on a yearly basis. The location varies each year, but the purpose is always to encourage spirit-led research using Quaker methods of discernment and reflection. Daily activities include silent worship, group discussion, solo research time and a convivial atmosphere of shared effort.

The 2015 Summer Research Seminar was held at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, August 3-7. Click here for further information (pdf). For more information about QIF activities in general, click here (pdf).

Each morning begins with a time of silent centering worship after the manner of Friends, followed by the presentation of two research 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.”

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

Please see the menu at left for reports on each year’s activities.