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What might we learn about social justice from Quaker history? This online course will look at social and economic concerns of some Quaker women activists, both British and American, in the 1800's and early 1900's. We will consider their strategies, motivation, and the faith basis of their work in the context of society at the time. Through readings and friendly discussion, participants will come to share our enthusiasm for these pioneering leaders and will gain insight into modern manifestations of social injustice.
This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
Each week there will be video, audio and written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections and ask questions.
This course is intended for anyone with an interest in Quakers and social justice. No prior knowledge of either is necessary.
Food is political, controversial, companionable, joyful, anxiety-inducing, nourishing, depleting, and more. It says something about who we are and what is important to us. Sensitive to talk about, fearful to examine – we stay silent even when we know our food choices carry the ‘seeds of war’ causing harm to us, other creatures and our planet. What makes this so difficult for us? A compassionate and uplifting exploration of how we move towards a life-affirming food story for ourselves and our communities.
In a spirited and hopeful response to the consumerist frenzy and growing chaos that surrounds us, we gather to explore a more life-affirming way of being in this world. What is it to ‘be the change’ ? What might it mean for the day to day decisions that make up our way of life, and for how we are as global citizens? Starting here and now, we embark on a purposeful spiritual inquiry through video clips, story, conversation, reflection, journaling, movement and stillness
Restorative justice has received attention as an alternative to the destructive effects of punishment. What does it mean and how does it work? Through a combination of input and participation, this event considers the different elements of restorative justice and the ways in which it can contribute to building a just and peaceful society.
The New Year is a good time to reflect on who we are, what we feel called to do, and what gets in the way. We will explore the nature of the clutter that distracts from our life’s purpose and consider how to create space in our minds and hearts as well as in our living rooms.
What is white privilege? Who has unearned power, and why? How does the often unnamed racial position of white people affect families, careers, and interactions? This course speaks from the personal experience of the white tutors who are in an ongoing process of understanding their place in the world's racial systems, with the aim of ending racism and white supremacy. All are welcome to join us for this exploration, which may be challenging, moving, and uplifting.
At home or at work, the way we think about ourselves and communicate with others affects a fundamental aspect of our lives - human connection. Develop ways of expressing the heart of your messages with power, and learn to hear the essence of other’s communication, instead of hearing blame and criticism. This workshop introduces you to the concepts and tools of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) developed by Marshall Rosenberg. It will improve your best relationships and ease the conflicts and misunderstandings of your worst.
How can we, as Quakers, bring about non-violent, peaceful transformation in our Meetings, in our families, in our workplaces, in our society, and in the world? In this course, we will explore together how transformation starts and unfolds – and how we can make it happen. We will learn from Quaker history and experience, as well as from current creative approaches, to better understand our roles in bringing about transformation in line with our testimonies.