Exploring the Living Quaker Tradition

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    Inspiration and Practice: the spiritual grounding of our ecumenical and interfaith work (booking page for Area Meeting representatives)

    Ecumenical and interfaith work can bring moments of real breakthrough as well as sticky challenges. Our speakers will help us explore the spiritual depth in such moments. What helps encourage moments of openness and insight? How do we honestly face and deal with the barriers of substantial difference?  We will bring such reflections together with examples of practical work on the ground, making use of the up-to-date snapshot of current Quaker interfaith and ecumenical activity produced through research undertaken for QCCIR by Woodbrooke.

    Booking for this event is currently open only to representatives appointed by their Area Meeting. If you have been appointed by your Area meeting, please book below (if appropriate, you can request that an invoice is sent to your Meeting treasurer for payment). The priority booking period for AM representatives will close on 31 January 2019 - after that point, any remaining places will be available for general bookings.

    If you are not appointed by an Area Meeting, and wish to register your interest in attending, please do so HERE

    The Meaning of the Cross: victory, liberation, healing or punishment?

    Many of us struggle with the Bible’s sacrificial imagery and are troubled by the idea that God punishes Jesus for our sins. In this course we will explore alternative understandings of the cross drawing on the early Church, peace church traditions, theologies of liberation, and the work of Rene Girard. Can we move beyond violent punishment and embrace a faith that in the words of James Nayler “outlives all wrath and contention and wearies out all exaltation and cruelty”?

    Quakerism in 18th and 19th century American literature

    This FREE online course explores the influence of Quakerism on 18th and 19th century American writers, as well as the representations of Quaker characters in fiction of the period – sometimes good, sometimes bad! You will encounter the good Quaker abolitionists of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Nathan Slaughter, the murderous Quaker in Nick of the Woods. The course will have 5 sessions, spread over 10 weeks to allow time for reading. No previous experience of literary study is necessary – just come prepared to explore and enjoy.

    We will read five texts together – Nick of the Woods, selections from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson, some poetry by Walt Whitman and “The Gentle Boy” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.

    To join the course, click on the button below. You will be directed to our Moodle online learning site. If you do not have an existing Moodle account you will be asked to create one.

    The Roots of the Quaker Way: early Friends in their religious and political context

    What are the roots of the Quaker way? How were early Friends influenced by their religious and political context? In this webinar series we will explore this issue and consider the connections between Quakers and other radical religious groups, such as the Anabaptists, the Family of Love, the Diggers and the Ranters. We will look back to the influence of the early Church and medieval movements, and forwards to the emergence of new religious movements in the eighteenth century. Only basic computer skills are needed for this course, together with access to e-mail and the internet. The course takes place in Woodbrooke's online learning website, for which easy registration details will be provided. Full guidance will be given on how to access the course's material, and help is available if you get stuck at any point.

    This online retreat involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.

     

    Inspiration and Practice: the spiritual grounding of our ecumenical and interfaith work

    Ecumenical and interfaith work can bring moments of real breakthrough as well as sticky challenges. Our speakers will help us explore the spiritual depth in such moments. What helps encourage moments of openness and insight? How do we honestly face and deal with the barriers of substantial difference?  We will bring such reflections together with examples of practical work on the ground, making use of the up-to-date snapshot of current Quaker interfaith and ecumenical activity produced through research undertaken for QCCIR by Woodbrooke.

    Booking for this event is currently open only to representatives appointed by their Area Meeting. If you have been appointed by your Area meeting, please book HERE

    The priority booking period for AM representatives will close on 31 January 2019 - after that point, any remaining places will be available for general bookings.

    If you are not appointed by an Area Meeting, and wish to register your interest in attending, please add yourself to the waiting list below. To join the waiting list, select one of the accommodation options (residential or non-residential), tick the box (below 'Notify me when course is available') and click to add to the waiting list. You will be asked for an email address. Everyone on the list will receive an email around 31 January once general bookings are open.

     

    The drama of the passion

    This course looks at the story of the Passion as told in the gospel texts and as interpreted through drama, music and other arts. We begin by looking at the Oberammergau passion play (due in 2020) to see the questions of interpretation raised. We shall try to analyse the theological viewpoints behind the interpretations and use them to look at how we view the Passion today. There will be time on Easter Sunday to attend church or meeting for worship.

    Spiritual Blogging: Continuing the Story

    How does writing help people to share their spiritual lives with their friends, family, and community? In this course we'll use historical and modern examples to explore how and why Quakers and others have chosen to record and publish spiritual autobiographies. There will be opportunities to try writing for yourself and space to consider whether blogging or another format might be a good way to share your work. Come as you are: no previous writing experience, technical knowledge, or saintly spirituality required.

    Come Holy Spirit

    ‘Come Holy Spirit!’ is an ancient cry of the Christian tradition. But what is the Holy Spirit? To help us answer this question we will study the Bible together. We will learn about the experience of Christian groups who have prioritised experience of the Holy Spirit, such as the Montanist, Quaker and Pentecostal movements. Throughout the course we will reflect on our own experience of the Holy Spirit, asking how God is present in our lives today.

    The Beatitude Way – pathway of prophets

    An opportunity to experience the ancient wisdom of The Beatitudes or blessing sayings of Jesus of Nazareth, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, viewed through the lens of his native Middle Eastern culture and Aramaic language. The course aims to breathe fresh life into these key teachings which encapsulate Jesus’ healing ministry. Following a roadmap provided by the mystical Tree of Life, participants will be offered the chance to walk beside the Aramaic Jesus on a journey towards prophetic consciousness.

    Spiritual Activism

    Whether newly awakened to injustices or a seasoned activist, high profile or caring unnoticed for one person or place, spiritual activism offers ways of doing, being and understanding that can make you more alive to your deepest purpose. Balancing talk and experience, we’ll go “under the lintel” of power, leadership, movements and consciousness. Here, discernment and psychological honesty are key to a grounding that neither burns out nor sells out, but transforms the burden of awareness into a “precious burden”.

    Please note that this course has also been advertised as 28-30 June 2019 - the dates have now been confirmed as 7-9 June 2019.

    Exploring the development of early Quaker theology

    To what extent were early Quakers influenced by the religious ideas that surrounded them? Drawing on Madeleine Ward’s recent research, we will explore developments in Quaker theology during the seventeenth century. As well as considering the overall shape of the early Quaker vision, we will give particular attention to changing understandings of "the Light within". How much of this remains relevant in the modern world, and how might it inform our faith and practice today?

    The history of Woodbrooke Gardens in 10 objects

    By exploring the history of Woodbrooke’s gardens through ‘objects’ we will glimpse the story of people, plants, design, water, sculptors and gardeners who have shaped this special space for over 100 years. Using maps, diaries, tools, photographs, books, plants and garden features we will examine the garden through time and assess why and how it matters today. Combining garden walks, interactive sessions examining ‘objects’, discussion and reflection, this is a chance to consider context, detail and management of this historic garden

    Quaker Studies Conference

    Postgraduate work at Woodbrooke is twenty years old this year and this is the 25th annual Quaker studies conference. Come and join us to present your work or listen to the latest in academic scholarship in every area of the field. Visit www.qsra.org to see the call for papers. A weekend of celebration and cutting edge thinking.

    Discounted price for current Postgraduate Students = £165. Please use Code QSPG19 when booking online.

    A Time to Speak Out: a guided bible study

    The Quaker tradition deeply values silence. But Quakers have also been led to speak truth to power when that has been required. This tension between silence and speech has biblical roots. Drawing on recent work by the radical Biblical scholar, Walter Brueggemann, we will explore events in the Bible – from both Old and New Testaments – which expose times when maintaining silence allows oppression and coercion to continue and the powerful to keep control. When should silence be interrupted?

    Truth is What Works

    How do we know when our foundational religious beliefs are true? And how does this truth bind us together as a Quaker community? Drawing on the insights of Pragmatic philosophers like William James and Charles Pierce this course explores how Friends might find new ways of applying the Truth Testimony to thorny questions of shared Quaker belief and identity. At the heart of this exploration is the suggestion that the fruits of Quaker practice are the basis and illustration of its truth.

    Attention: the way in which we relate to the world

    Our attention is a precious resource. It is essential in learning and love. Religious traditions appreciate its role in meditation and worship. At the same time, commercial and political interests get ever more skilled at attracting and holding it. This course will reflect on the nature and value of attention, its creative role and how we preserve and deepen it. Preparation will include an invitation to engage with carefully selected resources before our onsite dialogue enables us to sharpen our own thinking.