Engagement in the World

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    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.

    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

    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.

    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,  and community theater facilitator, Lauren Jansen-Parkes, 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 Peterson Toscano

    Peterson Toscano will facilitate a workshop that explores gender and sexuality in Bible stories. Lauren Jansen-Parkes is a community theater facilitator, researcher and story lover will co-lead the workshop. 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.

    Feminism, Quakers and Wonder Woman

    Where is feminism headed and where has it come from? Do we need it any more? What do we think of a system that named Wonder Woman as a girls empowerment ambassador for the UN? Could we have made it up?  This course investigates the connections between Quakerism and Feminism, taking examples from Quaker history. We shall then look at feminism today and how it affects our lives and is affected by the system we live in;

    Forced Migration and Human Rights

    20 people worldwide are forced to migrate every minute due to war, violence and persecution. Deprived of their dignity and rights at home, these forced migrants face discrimination in recipient countries being denied access to work, vital services and subjected to detention. Our shared testimonies have led Quakers to challenge these injustices and to lead the fight for the protection of human rights. This course explores the emergence of international human rights and reflects on the current worldwide migration crisis.

    Faith in Food

    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.

    Be the Change

    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

    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.

    Getting to Know Made of Money

    Where do our beliefs, attitudes and values about money come from? Would you like to learn about new ideas to support others with money management? Quaker Social Action have been running their award-winning Made of Money course for over 12 years. Our experienced tutors will guide you through this engaging and interactive two-day course. You will come away with the skills and practical resources to share with your family and support people in your community and at local meetings.