Exploring the Living Quaker Tradition

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    Exploring the Old Testament


    Does the Old Testament puzzle, perplex or put you off?  Come and discover some of its riches and beauty, as well as its agonised responses to suffering and violence.  We will explore the contexts in which the Hebrew Bible was written, and then trace the different ways in which it has been interpreted in Jewish and Christian traditions.  The tutor was recently commended by a local Quaker meeting for “profound insights with a lightness of touch”.  Anyone welcome – no prior knowledge required.

    Course outline

    • Encountering the Old Testament
    • Jewish, Christian and critical lenses
    • Prophetic Poetry and Imperialism
    • The Masterful Story of King David
    • Joy and Grief in the Psalms
    • The Glory of God and the Holy of Holies

    Conference: Depicting Religious Characters in 19th Century Fiction


    A day conference organised jointly by the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies and Keele University on all aspects of religious characters in nineteenth-century fiction. The conference is open to all with an interest in the subject, including postgraduate students.

    The conference fee of £50 includes lunch and refreshments. Accommodation, if required, should be booked separately.

    If you would like to present a twenty minute paper, please contact Betty Hagglund (betty.hagglund@woodbrooke.org.uk).

    Quaker Botanists


    Would you like to find out more about three key botanists from the Quaker tapestry? Are you interested in gardens, plants and their history? By looking at the life and times of Peter Collinson, John Bartram and John Fothergill we will explore their plant introductions and gardens in the 18th century. We'll assess their legacy in gardens, parks and medicine today. You'll go away with a greater appreciation of the importance of these botanists in history and how they continue to inspire us today.

    Quakers and Decision-Making: exploring the issues


    A one-day seminar on recent research about Quaker decision-making. You can choose to offer a short presentation (email rhiannon.grant@woodbrooke.org.uk if interested). We will hear from academic researchers and from reflective practitioners of Quaker decision-making. Topics may include Quaker business method and non-Quaker organisations, theories of leadership, theology, the role of silence. We will also consider how this material might feed into the revision of the book of discipline. This is not a “how to” - we assume familiarity with Quaker decision-making.

    The fee for this day includes lunch and refreshments. Accommodation, if required, should be booked separately.

     

    Philosophy for Quakers


    This course introduces the P4C (Philosophy for Children or Communities www.sapere.org.uk) methodology which enables in-depth enquiry into matters of belief and ethics. This approach creates a positive environment for deep discussion and safe disagreement. Learning to use this form of philosophical enquiry will provide Quakers with the skills needed to facilitate dialogue about important issues in their own meeting community. During the weekend we will use Quaker Faith & Practice as a stimulus for our own community of enquiry.

    Stepping Out of Bounds: the early Christian breakthrough


    At the heart of early Christianity is a breakthrough, an experience of expansion into new possibilities. In the New Testament this experience is described as a manifestation of the Spirit, God’s creative power, operating in a new and unexpected way. People felt inspired, able to step out beyond the boundaries that had previously determined how they lived. This course explores both this breakthrough but also the conflict that had limited it even before the writing of the New Testament documents.

    ‘Faith of’ or ‘Faith in’ Jesus


    For generations, people have been urged to ‘have faith in Jesus’, a phrase drawn from Paul the apostle. But his words can be translated in another way. It brings a substantial change in meaning if Paul is actually encouraging people to have ‘the faith of Jesus’. This development of the past thirty years continues to attract scholarly interest. We shall primarily explore the scholarship but also address the consequences of looking at faith from this intriguingly different point of view.

    Exploring Quaker Spirituality


    What is Quaker spirituality all about and how does it speak to us today? What is distinctive about the Quaker way? Using short talks, times of personal reflection, and group sharing, we will explore the central elements of Quaker spirituality. This will include the foundational experiences and understandings of early Friends; worship, silence and vocal ministry; personal spiritual practice; the discipline of discernment; and the connection between our inward spiritual experiences and our active lives in the world.

    Multiple Religious Belonging


    Quaker-Pagan. Anglican and Buddhist. Jewish and Christian (and interested in shamanism). Multiple religious identities are becoming more visible in the Western world as globalisation makes us more aware of the possibilities and religion is increasingly seen as something private which can be chosen at will. This course will explore what it is like to belong to more than one religious tradition, ask how and why people might set out on that path, and give space to reflect on the implications. This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

    STILL OPEN FOR BOOKINGS

    As this course is all online content with no live webinars, we will continue to take bookings once the course has begun.

    Explaining Quaker Theology


    This course is an opportunity to engage with three theologians well known to Friends who have all published work that explores Quaker understandings for a wider audience. In Rex Ambler's book The Quaker Way: a Rediscovery (Winchester, UK/Washington, USA: Christian Alternative, 2013), he described his aim as to ‘communicate as directly as I could what it means to be Quaker and to follow the Quaker way’. In Testimony: Quakerism and Theological Ethics (London: SCM Press, 2015), Rachel Muers attempts to show ‘how Quaker ways of living and acting relate to theology, to ways of thinking and reasoning about God and all things in relation to God’. In Boundless: the Early Christian Breakthrough (awaiting publication), Timothy Ashworth explores aspects of the lives of Jesus and the earliest Christians in ways that reveal the closeness of early Christian experience to Quaker understandings of worship and discernment.

    This course involves a series of six live webinars on Thursday evenings, 6.30-8pm, beginning on 3 October 2019. With preparatory/follow-up reading we suggest a time commitment of approximately three hours per week (including webinars).

    Inhabited by Christ: the theology and spirituality of James Nayler: online


    In this series of four purely online webinars running from 7.00pm to 9.00pm every Tuesday evening from 22 October to 12 November, we will focus on James Nayler, one of the most important leaders in the early Quaker movement. We will explore key dimensions of Nayler’s theology and spirituality by paying close attention to his published works, written between 1653 and 1660. We will look at his understanding of salvation, his contribution to the shaping of the peace testimony and his emphasis on meekness and suffering as God’s way of overcoming evil. We will also consider his prophetic messages to the wealthy and powerful that demonstrate his compassionate concern for the poor and oppressed.

    The course will assume a basic level of prior knowledge of Quakerism and its history.

    This online course is based on four live two hour webinars. Each webinar is recorded so you can follow the course using the recordings if you wish.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

    The Birth of Liberal Quakerism in Britain: online


    In the 1880s, Quakers in Britain where a broadly evangelical movement. By the 1930s, they were firmly embedded within a liberal theology. How did this shift occur? This course will examine the key events, ideas, publications and personalities of this interesting period of Quaker history, helping us to better understand Quakerism today.

    There will be a live online Q&A webinar on Tuesday 26th November at 7pm GMT. If you can’t join this discussion live, it will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

    Developing a Practice of Christian Meditation: at Swarthmoor Hall


    An introduction to an ancient Christian way of prayer beyond words, as taught in our time by Benedictine monks John Main (1926 – 82) and Laurence Freeman (1951-). The emphasis will be on practising meditation together and beginning to understand its rationale, its effect on our daily lives, our understanding of ourselves, of each other and of God.

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.

     

     

    Mothers of Israel: exploring the writing of early Quaker women: at Swarthmoor Hall


    The early Quaker movement was unusual in its time for the freedom it afforded women to be preachers, prophets and writers. This course will enable you to explore the lives, and writings of a number of important seventeenth century Quaker women. This will include Margaret Fell, Martha Simmonds, Sarah Blackborow, Dorothy White and Elizabeth Bathurst. In our sessions we will get to know these women using short talks, the reading of texts and group discussion within a safe and friendly atmosphere.

    This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.

    You can book this course online or email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204.