Engagement in the World

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    Beyond the Spirit of the Age: The 1996 Swarthmore Lecture Revisited – and Revised?


    How much has changed in the two decades since Jonathan Dale gave his prophetic Swarthmore Lecture challenging Friends to renew their social testimony? Does that challenge need updating for our time? During our time together we will reflect on how our faith asks us to engage with a society that remains both economically and politically polarised. To what extent do our lifestyles of comfort and convenience accommodate us to this world, and how might we become agents of change? Join us as we listen and learn from one another.

    Voices of the Earth


    Please note: There is an error in our latest brochure. This course runs from Monday 2 September to Friday 6 September (not Monday to Wednesday as advertised).

    This popular course uses the rich resources of Woodbrooke's art room and extensive gardens to explore creatively our relationships with the world we inhabit. With new directions offered by the tutors each year, we will engage hands-on with poetry and a range of media and art forms, familiar and unfamiliar. Working both individually and collaboratively to recharge our ways of seeing and sensing, we will discover fresh perspectives on the world in its variety and of our place within it.

    Towards Forgiveness


    Our lives as individuals and communities are often damaged by unresolved conflicts, injury and hurts. How can we deal with painful events and move towards understanding, forgiveness and reconciliation? How do we help ourselves and others heal and move on? Drawing on their experience, the tutors will help you deepen your understanding of the process of forgiveness, reconciliation and healing and help you to become a source of strength within your community. This course will not address individual therapeutic needs.

    Envisioning a world that is open to all: let us see what love can do


    Please note: There is an error in our latest brochure. This course starts on Friday 27 September (not Wednesday 25 September as advertised).

    Jointly organised by Quaker Asylum Refugee Network, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, Quaker United Nations Office, Quaker Council for European Affairs and Woodbrooke

    A weekend conference learning about asylum and migration, hearing from those who have felt its impact, and working together to create the change that we need.

    Speakers, workshops, performances and panel discussions will explore the interplay between race, privilege and migration - how does it work, what can we do?

    Language and the media: challenging and changing the language of migration.

    Migration and the arts: how migration enriches our communities and how the arts can bring about change.

    The UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

    Our focus on the arts will help us celebrate what people bring to our communities as well as explore how the arts can contribute to change

    • Daholl Kurdish Band
    • poets Malka Al-Haddadi and Ambrose Musiyiwe
    • artist Mohsen Keiani
    • author Gulwali Passarlay

    We will look at how language helps shape attitudes to migration and explore the interplay between race, privilege and migration. We will hear from those who have felt the impact of our asylum system, and together we will explore how a world open to all might look and how we might get there. Workshops will include:

    • Marchu Girma, Women for Refugee Women, exploring alternatives to detention
    • Celia McKeon, Rethinking Security, on human security and migration
    • Molly Scott Cato (tbc) on language, politics and the media
    • Cassidy McKenna, QUNO, how the UN Global Compact for Migration can help effect change
    • Tatiana Garavito, QPSW, and Kate McNally, QCEA, exploring the interplay of race, privilege and migration
    • Rosemary Crawley, QARN, and Agnes Tanoh, on what a fair and humane asylum system might look like

    We hope you can join us at Woodbrooke from 27th - 29th September!

    Inspiring Nonviolence


    Dreaming of a more peaceful and just world? Join us as we share ideas, thinking, practice and real life examples about collective action through nonviolent means. Whether you are an experienced activist wanting some space to reflect, or you’re wondering about how to make a difference (and everything in between!) – you are very welcome to participate.

    An Introduction to Peace Education


    Woodbrooke and Quaker Peace and Social Witness Quakers in Britain working in partnership.

    This introduction to the theory and practice of peace education draws upon the experience of Quaker Peace and Social Witness to explore how we can support the development of children’s inner peace, help children to understand conflict and their relationship with it, and engage children with wider peace issues, from the ethics of armed drones to conscientious objection and human rights. We will endeavour to establish a supportive learning community and encourage reflective practice and peer learning and assessment.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately XX hours per week.

    Courageous Living in the Midst of Climate Crisis


    To create a world where we all survive and flourish , changes will need to be made, and soon. Some will be straightforward, even easy, but many changes will challenge us out of the comfort we have grown attached to. Join with others as we create a community to explore what sacrifices might be called forth from us in order to make the world sacred. This weekend will include spiritual practice, time alone and together, reflection and solidarity.