What We Do
Since 1976, PRC has worked to help faith-based and community benefit organizations in southeast Pennsylvania increase the capacity of their staff, volunteers, and members so that they can more effectively utilize their resources and fulfill their missions. In a region where churches and nonprofits are integral to the delivery of social services, PRC is a significant advisor and facilitator in helping them move from “one size fits all” programming to whole-person care.
Since its founding in 1976, PRC has offered inclusive religious and secular resources and programming on a wide variety of themes, including an extensive resource library and nearly 100 workshops and speaking events every year that attract more than a thousand participants from a wide variety of backgrounds. Keynote speakers have included Anne Lamott, Krista Tippett, Rachel Held Evans, and Father Greg Boyle. In addition to workshops on contemplative practices, organizational management, church life, and diversity, PRC has trained hundreds of individuals of all ages and abilities in basic computer software including Microsoft Office, Canva, QuickBooks, Zoom, and Google Suite, while also training users on websites PRC has designed.
We have also functioned as a community connector, coordinating the Lancaster Community Meal Program, which serves three meals a day at volunteer locations across Lancaster County, bringing faith communities together to pay $3.1 million dollars in local medical debt, and offering strategic partnerships to nonprofits and government entities alike.
In 1992, Kairos School of Spiritual Formation began by offering a monthly retreat focused on deepening persons’ faith with contemplative methods, while also providing training for accompanying others on their spiritual journey. Kairos grew to offer multiple programs and wrote a Spiritual Formation Christian Education curriculum.
Kairos is best known for offering a supervised, two-year certificate program, teaching the art and practice of spiritual direction.
In early 2019, Kairos expanded its reach by reorganizing as a program under the Parish Resource Center. Kairos at PRC is continuing the commitment to broadening the contemplative aspects of faith in our community and beyond.