Engagement in the World

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    Let your Life Preach

    Are we challenging the injustices in the world? In worship are we hearing the cries of the world and are we responding to the call to act?
    Together we will explore the roots of our tradition to see how this helps us today. ‘In our communities we can find ways to challenge, to test and to work together to build the kingdom of heaven on earth. This may be challenging, this may be uncomfortable but we can work together with love and tenderness. Friends, it’s time to ask ourselves, if we were accused of being Quakers, would there be enough evidence to convict us?’
    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.

    Bayard Rustin: reflections on his life and witness

    Bayard Rustin was one of the most important civil, human and labour rights activists. African American and gay, his life’s work was in standing up for marginalised people. He was an important influence on Martin Luther King, persuading him to adopt the principles of non-violence resistance in the struggle for civil rights. This online course will explore how he put his Quaker faith into action. A study of his writings and songs, as well as literature, film and art inspired by him, will allow us to approach his life from a variety of perspectives.
    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 aimed at anyone with an interest in Quakers and/or issues of social justice, but no previous knowledge of Quakerism is required.

    Quaker Women and Social Justice: learning from their experience

    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.

    Foundations of a True Social Order

    The Foundations of a True Social Order are principles approved by London Yearly Meeting in 1918 which have influenced the shape of Quaker witness ever since.  How do the words of Quakers in 1918 relate to how Quakers understand their witness for peace and social justice in 2018? This course brings together historical research, current activist thought, and a broad view of Quaker testimony, to explore how the work of previous generations speaks to us now.

    Hope in Troubled Times

    Throughout the weekend we shall come together in fellowship and friendship with practices and prayer to strengthen our resolve and to nurture hope. How can we be hopeful amidst a daily intake of stories of suffering, division, conflict and terror? Are we as Friends called to be a hopeful people? And how can we live out the ‘change we want to see in the world.  Paul Rogers, a leading expert in global security will join us for a keynote on ‘reasons to be hopeful’.

    Making bread in an outdoor oven

    We shall spend time making bread to cook in our outdoor wood fired bread oven. Come for collaboration, fun, kneading, cooking and eating. If there is a recipe you would like to try out, please bring it and we shall give it a try. Things you need to know - We shall be walking and working between the bread oven in the grounds and our indoor meeting space. Please come prepared to work outside (waterproofs, hats, boots etc.) We cannot guarantee a gluten free environment.

    Signposts for the Soul: Pathways Through Addiction

    Being lost in addiction can be one of the darkest nights of the soul, but we know that however dark, the Light can shine and help us find pathways through. This conference will include contributions from Friends and provide an opportunity for you to share insights in the form of short talks, posters, or in other creative ways; to exchange freely on what helps. This is living adventurously for us! Can we inspire you to do the same?

    Voices of the Earth

    This popular course explores the intimate relationship between the natural world and spirituality through creative responses in writing and artwork. Prompted by poetry, the visual arts, music and Woodbrooke’s extensive gardens, with fresh starting points and stimuli offered each year, there will be abundant opportunity for working in a variety of media and forms. We will engage individually or collaboratively both with the places words can take us and where visual images and making art can lead to beyond words.

    Well-being: Supporting Ourselves and Each Other in our Climate Change Work

    Facing up to the enormity of climate change can take an emotional toll. During this weekend we will ask how as a Quaker community we can support each other to stay motivated by love and gratitude rather than fear or anger. We’ll share our experiences of the roles of relationships, spirituality and personal development practices in sustaining wellbeing, and explore how maintaining a strong sense of purpose and agency can assist us in our work.

    Stories for our time: Storytelling as a Tool for Peace, a Tool for Change

    A rich and exciting weekend, exploring the power of stories to change our world and gain some insights in how to tell them. We will share traditional heroic tales, historical stories from Quaker and Peace traditions and real life stories about those who build a better world, discovering what makes an inspirational story? All you need to bring is an open heart and a story that inspires and motivates you. No previous experience of storytelling is required

    Exploring Simplicity

    What does the Quaker testimony of simplicity mean to you, and how do you put it into practice? What are the barriers and benefits? In this course we will explore these issues through a mix of group-work and reflective/creative exercises. We will dip into the history of the testimony and consider our spiritual practice and how the inward and outward connect. We'll discuss how Local and Area Meetings can support us in living simply today.

    Equipping for Disability Equality

    Quaker meetings are ‘Service Providers’ under the Equality Act 2010, and committed to fulfilling an ‘equality testimony’ as faith in action. This course will equip meetings to understand and meet legal obligations and key disability rights ideas with joy, celebration and creativity, highlighting links to Quakerism. Tutors will share personal experience of using the Equality Act 2010, and its strengths and limitations as a tool for disability equality. Suitable for anyone, but we particularly encourage meetings to send representatives.

    Quakers and the ‘Votes for Women’ Campaign

    One hundred years ago women voted in British Parliamentary elections for the first time. The women’s franchise came after decades of campaigning, some of it destructive and violent. Drawing on case studies of individual Quaker women, we will explore Quaker responses to the campaign, looking at the historical context, the rise of militancy, and the impact of the First World War. We will also consider what lessons the campaign has for activists today, and what we as Quakers are doing towards gender equality.

    Let Me Tell You a Story…: Deepening Your Message Through Storytelling

    We all tell stories. Storytelling is an essential tool in business, ministry, teaching, activism, and life. Learn how to integrate storytelling into your current work. Discover how to tell compelling stories about your own life, current issues, or in connection to your work. Master storyteller, Peterson Toscano, will help you hone stories you already tell and develop techniques for telling new stories. Become a more effective presenter and speaker and learn how to captivate an audience with your stories.

    Transgress & Transcend: An Exploration of Gender and Sex with Gay Bible Scholar Peter Toscano

    Peterson Toscano will facilitate a workshop that explores gender and sexuality in Bible stories. While the Bible has been used by some to harm others, there are potential peaceful interpretations of the ancient texts, including those that support LGBTQ lives. Using a variety of methods, traditional and creative, participants will study, discuss, and explore Bible stories especially relevant to sexual and gender minorities.

    How to be a Conscientious Objector Today

    A century after World War One, we are no longer conscripted to fight. Instead, our taxes are conscripted to fund war and our minds are conscripted to support it. This is a chance to learn from our predecessors and resisters around the world now, to explore how we can resist warfare today. Looking at militarism in education, entertainment, media and elsewhere in civil society, we will identify ways to be “conscientious objectors” to militarism in our everyday lives.