Exploring the Living Quaker Tradition

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    Revising Quaker Faith & Practice

    In this series of four live sessions, come and join members of the Book of Discipline Revision Committee as Britain Yearly Meeting begins the shared journey of revising Quaker Faith & Practice. These sessions will give an opportunity to find out about the work of the committee, engage with the process and think together about the work going forward. When it appointed the committee, Meeting for Sufferings asked them to be prayerful, joyful, creative and bold in the revision.

    You can find out more about the revision process here: https://quaker.org.uk/resources/quaker-faith-and-practice/revising-quaker-faith-practice.

    We will work in a variety of ways across the four sessions – join us for all or come to the one that most appeals to you. Just tick to add the sessions you wish to attend and then click 'Join the course'

    These are all 90 minute Pay as Led sessions. We ask that you make a donation when you have booked to support us in continuing to offer learning to many people as possible.

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    Creatively Revising Quaker Faith & Practice

    Explore the revision of our book of discipline with imagination, thoughtfulness and originality alongside members of the Revision Committee. Hear about our progress so far, ask questions, and join with us in considering how our revision process can ensure that all the diverse voices within our Quaker community are heard. Who is excluded and what do they need to be included? What are the social and technological issues?

    Woodbrooke and the Book of Discipline Revision Committee working in partnership.

    This is a Pay as Led live online session. We ask that you make a donation at the time of booking to support us in continuing to offer learning to many people as possible. You will also need to complete the booking form below.

    Make a donation to Woodbrooke

    If you would like to book multiple sessions in this series, you can do so at https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/revising-quaker-faith-practice/.

    Essentials of Quakerism (September 2020)

    This course, designed particularly for those new to the Quaker way, will introduce the basic and essential elements of Quakerism: the expectation of a transforming encounter with the Divine (however we describe it); the use of a distinctive form of collective worship to nurture that encounter; discernment; and witness - the life that emerges as an outcome of our faith. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions and a forum for additional conversation between the sessions. Everyone is very welcome, whether or not you have experienced Quaker worship.

    This course will include live speaker sessions with Q&A and a private discussion forum.

    Live sessions will take place weekly on Mondays at 19:00-20:30 (UK time) and will be recorded for participants who are unable to attend.

    Boldly Revising Quaker Faith & Practice

    Explore the revision of our book of discipline with bravery, openness and spirit alongside members of the Revision Committee. Hear about our progress so far, ask questions, and join with us in considering how our revision can reflect the dynamic views, needs and practices of all Friends, including younger generations. How do aging and different stages of life shape our needs? Does your generation affect your approach to discipline and books?

    Woodbrooke and the Book of Discipline Revision Committee working in partnership.

    This is a 90 minute Pay as Led live online session. We ask that you make a donation when you have booked to support us in continuing to offer learning to many people as possible. You will need to complete a booking form.

    Make a donation to Woodbrooke

    If you would like to book multiple sessions in this series, you can do so at https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/revising-quaker-faith-practice/.

    Quakers Do What! Why?

    Why do (many) Quakers hold their worship in silence? How do Quaker communities make decisions? If you've recently discovered Quakers or don't know much about us yet, you might have lots of questions about what we do and why. This course, based on Rhiannon Grant's book of the same name, will address some of the most common questions people ask about Quakers and make space for you to ask your own. Through six live Zoom meetings (recorded in case you miss one), and with some reading and a discussion forum in between sessions, this course will provide a relaxed and informal space for anyone new to or curious about Quakers to get some answers.

    Live sessions will be on Thursday evenings between 7.30 and 9.00 pm (UK time).

    The book, Quakers do What! Why?, is available at https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/christian-alternative-books/our-books/quaker-quicks-quakers-do-what-why

    The Life Stirring Within: a week-long online retreat with Isaac Penington

    Isaac Penington was one of the most creative spiritual writers among the early Friends, much of his writing being in the form of letters of encouragement and ‘spiritual counsel’ to fellow travellers in the Quaker community. Topics he focusses on include: the interior life; surrendering to the Divine presence within; understanding Christ and scripture; discernment and spiritual growth; suffering as a way to spiritual growth; witness and testimony. On each day of the retreat you will receive a section of his writing with specially written commentary, as well as other complementary spiritual writing. To help your own reflection you will receive a spiritual exercise and questions to focus on. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings between 6.30 and 7.30pm, you have the option of joining Timothy Ashworth and others on the retreat for a period of worship and listening and sharing together.

    The Meaning of the Cross: punishment, or healing and reconciliation?

    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 traditions, theologies of liberation, and the work of Rene Girard. Can we move beyond violent punishment and embrace a faith based on healing and reconciliation?

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week. Each week there will be a range of audio-visual and written materials for you to engage with, and a discussion forum where you can share reflections and ask questions.

    Expectant Waiting: reflections from the Bible and Quakers, from theology and poetry

    The silence of Quaker meeting is not an end in itself. It carries a sense of waiting. At any time, this can give rise to a depth that is collectively felt by those present. Or be the occasion of inspired words, heard by one individual or shared with the whole gathering.

    This online course is made of four weekly webinars in which we will explore this theme of waiting, bringing together the reflections of Quakers with words of scripture, theology and poetry. W. H. Vanstone’s The Stature of Waiting and T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets will help us identify the riches in this theme, both for Quakers and others who may well be preparing to mark Advent, the season characterized by hopeful expectation.

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