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    Politics: finding your way

    This course is being held by Maud Grainger working alongside Friends active in political engagement. How do we engage with those in positions of political power, do we work alongside them in dialogue or do we campaign and resist? This course will bring together those active in political engagement to share their experiences with you. We will also look at case studies and ways of political action and reflect upon these so that you might find your path.

    Sex and the Spirit

    A chance to explore views, theories and feelings about sex and sexual ethics. We will look at the teachings of Jesus and early Quakers along with headline issues such as same-sex marriage and internet pornography. We will ask if Quaker thinking can provide an alternative to choosing between over-strict rules and pleasure seeking. The course will help you to clarify your own views as we learn from each other. There will be no pressure to share personal feelings beyond your comfort level.

    A Quaker Response to Animal Suffering

    Are you concerned with animal suffering? Do you question the moral justifications for their ill-treatment? Do you have an awareness of them as precious creatures of God? This six week online course will introduce key themes in the field of Animal Theology within the context of the Quaker faith. Also looking at biblical, Buddhist and scientific understanding, we will ask how our lives of active witness might realise the common bonds we share with other species, and extend our vision of the peaceable kingdom.

    Anger Management with Art

    This course is for anyone who wants to look at anger issues using art materials - those wanting to look at their own anger, those working with others who are angry, or both. No ability in art is needed, just a willingness to have a go. We will look at what anger is; whether it is good or bad; at the physical symptoms of anger; the influence of early family patterns; using relaxation and assertiveness to manage anger more constructively.

    Quakers and European Politics

    For almost 40 years European Friends have been worked alongside the institutions developed following the devastation of the Second World War. Following the referendum decision in 2016, we would like to invite you to explore the future of peace and human rights in Europe. What can be done now to build a Europe that will give hope to its citizens and to the world. How can we support the mechanisms of European dialogue, initially proposed by William Penn in 1693?

    Resilient Communities

    Amid the current political upheavals, governments are neglecting responses to climate change, water depletion and other ecological crises. We need stronger local communities to cope and thrive in an unpredictable future. This course will include creative exploration of possible scenarios, practical skill sharing, and practices to build the healthy spiritual lives and relationships that underpin a resilient community. We hope people will return home energised and empowered to take practical action in their own communities and/or Quaker meeting.

    From Militarisation to Peace

    We will be examining militarism and the culture of domination. We will deconstruct the case for militarism and look at how it is changing our culture. What is the radical alternative in our lives and in global relationships? How can this transition to a more peaceful culture be brought about? This course can be taken on its own or with all or one of the other Faith, Peace, Power courses.

    The Apocalyptic Tradition

    The apocalyptic: revelatory and mysterious, fantastical and political, countercultural and confusing, sensual and disturbing, future and now. This is a tradition that fascinates, encourages and terrifies. Together we will engage with Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts, including the books of Daniel and Revelation. We will also examine the apocalyptic writings of the first Quakers, and consider what an apocalyptic spirituality might look like today.

    Building a Diverse and Transformative Movement for Change

    Transformative movements are made by grassroots change-makers. Building on insights from community organising, this course will support you to make connections with people in your area, listen to their concerns, and turn those relationships into effective campaigns. Leading change is a collective effort. If you can we recommend you join the course in a pair – although you are also welcome on your own. However you come the course, you will leave in equipped to build the foundations of ‘the peaceable kingdom’ beginning in your locality.