Who We Are


Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) envisions a global future in which humanity is in right relationship with the commonwealth of life.QIF seeks to generate insight, knowledge and wisdom that informs public policy and enables us to treat all humans and the whole commonwealth of life as a sacred community. QIF conducts research using practices of collaborative spiritual discernment based on the Quaker tradition of “meeting for worship for business.” The Institute creates the opportunity for scholars and activists to investigate their areas of interest and commitment within the Spirit-led context of Quaker testimonies, other traditions, truth seeking and public service.


Focus Book Series

Information and understanding born of careful discernment on social, economic and ecological realities.

Summer Research Seminars

Spirit-led research using Quaker methods of discernment and reflection.

The 2021 Summer Research Seminar will be held via video conferencing from August 16-20. Learn more here, including how to apply for a stipend.

Circles of Discernment


Small study groups that examine particular themes and concerns.

News and Events

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