Engagement in the World

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    Finding meaning in the margins

    With a mix of nature, music, poetry, writings and our own experiences, we’ll explore the transformational role of margins in nature, in the lives of social and spiritual reformers and – crucially – in our own lives. Often, what we or society exclude from the centre contains the seeds of new life, potentially enabling us and our communities to become whole. We’ll look at ways of integrating the margins, helping to renew and heal ourselves and the world we live in. It promises to be a fascinating and rewarding weekend.

    Quaker Feminism? Exploring contributions of early Quaker Feminists to Women´s Rights

    This course will explore the disproportionate role that early Quaker feminists made to the advancement of women's rights. Women such as Alice Paul, Lucretia Mott, Susan Anthony, Angelina Grimke, Abby Foster, and Elizabeth Stanton were key figures in the first wave of feminism and the suffragette movement. Unfortunately, today they are not household names and their contributions often forgotten or not even known about. We will discuss and celebrate their achievements, while also looking at what role spirituality played in their activism and ideas about gender equality. We will also debate how feminism developed within global Quakerism both historically and today.

    We are offering a limited number of free places for Young Adult Friends (18-35 years) on this course which include all meals and accommodation. Please contact learning@woodbrooke.org.uk for more information.

    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.

    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

    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.

    Steps towards a Low Carbon Meeting House

    This one day workshop is being held at Friends' Meeting House Manchester from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    Woodbrooke and Quakers in Britain working in partnership Join Huw Davies, Property Support Manager for Quakers in Britain and Maud Grainger from Woodbrooke as we take you through the changes we can make to our buildings as we continue to take steps towards a low carbon future. The day will include practical tips from simple actions through to the more radical and longer term options. This day is open to all, you do not need to have any experience in the running of your Meeting House. Come and equip yourselves and play your part in the corporate commitment of Quakers to become a low carbon community.

    This workship is being led by Huw Davies and Maud Grainger. Huw is project manager for the Quakers in Britain property support project; he has a life time interest in practical application of sustainability to everyday life. Maud is Woodbrooke's Faith in Action Tutor; she is interested in how we live our witness in the world and community activism.

    Information about Friends' Meeting House Manchester (M2 5NS) can be found at: www.meetinghousemanchester.co.uk.

    Introduction to Peace Education: online

    Woodbrooke, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, and 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.