You have discovered one of the best-kept secrets of the Religious Society of Friends. Since 1943, the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology has gathered annually in the spring to provide a respite for individuals of all spiritual and religious backgrounds who wish to delve more deeply into their inner lives.
2018 is our 76th year!
FCRP is one of the oldest conferences in the U.S. dedicated to individual spiritual exploration with a focus on in-depth psychology, specifically Jungian psychology. Since 1972, our conference has been held on Memorial Day weekend. This year we will return to the Quaker study center, Pendle Hill, which is next door to Swarthmore College, and where FCRP held some of its earliest conferences. Our speaker will be Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., former professor of psychiatry at Harvard and the author of the best-selling book, THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE: BRAIN, MIND, AND BODY IN THE HEALING OF TRAUMA. Click here to find out more about the May 2018 Conference with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. Registration for the May 2018 conference at Pendle Hill opens March 1.
We also have a smaller conference in the Washington area (WFCRP) held near the end of February. click here WFCRP with plenary speaker Richard Hollis was held February 16-18, 2018.
As part of a spiritual community, we seek:
- To discover our own deepest processes and to nourish them
- To uncover the ways in which our new insights can help us return to the everyday world more focused and grounded in our spiritual reality
- To explore the dynamics of Quaker principles in group life and to apply them to our daily living
We warmly welcome new members, whether Quaker or not, whether you join us for a single conference or choose to become part of our ever-evolving community and network.
For more information on the history of the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, click on the About FCRP page in the menu above. The Articles and Links page gives access to a small library of relevant material.