Exploring the Living Quaker Tradition

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    Mothers of Israel: exploring the writings of early Quaker women



    The early Quaker movement was unusual in its time for the freedom it afforded women to be preachers, prophets and writers. In this online course, we will explore the lives, and writings of a number of important early Quaker women. This will include Margaret Fell, Martha Simmonds, Hannah Stranger, Sarah Blackborow, Rebecca Travers, Dorothy White, and Elizabeth Bathurst. What contribution did these women make to the development of the Quaker way?

    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.

     

     

     

    Taught by the Spirit: Paul’s Quaker Gospel



    Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians contains the famous words ‘Love is patient; love is kind … love does not insist on its own way … it rejoices in the truth’. These words are part of a longer passage where Paul explores the nature of the new life that has opened up for the community. It includes the closest description of a Meeting for Worship in the Bible and an extended reflection on the gifts of the Spirit and the qualities needed to lead a Spirit-led life. We will consider the whole letter with the aim of seeing what it can offer Quakers today.

    This is a webinar based course which will take place on Thursdays at 6.30-8pm. Recordings of each webinar will be available to participants.

    Poetry in the Hebrew Bible



    Much of the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) is written in poetry. We will tour this ancient verse afresh, reading from the Psalms, Isaiah, Job, and Song of Songs (in English), to discover how its characteristic use of repetition enables nuance, ambiguity, and paradox, as well as emotional intensity. We will explore some of the ways in which biblical poetry has continued to inspire poets and musicians down the centuries, and consider how it might nourish our own spiritual journeys.

    The Writings of Luke: seeing beyond power and privilege



    ‘Do you see?’ Jesus asks this question in Luke’s Gospel as an invitation to look deeply, to see beyond normal conventions of success and power. The neat contour of Luke’s story-telling skilfully hides its disruptive intent, written with the awareness that only a change of heart in each reader will make sense of what he tells us. So we will approach these writings awake to the possibility that even today, through the power of the Spirit, eyes might be opened.

    Resurrection and Renewal: the teachings of Richard Rohr



    A weekend of encounter through video and reading around the book, The Universal Christ (2019). Here Franciscan Richard Rohr explains how Jesus’ life reaffirms God’s constant, unfolding love in the world, since the First Bible – Creation. We are invited to transform the way we ‘see’ everything in order to change how we live in the world.

    What Do We Mean by ‘Christian’?



    As Professor Joad used to say, “It all depends on what you mean by…!”

    Discussion of Christianity is made more difficult by the problem of defining what it is. Is it belief, ethics, practice, spirituality? We look at some of the wide variety of expressions of Christianity and how it is adapted in its cultural contexts. And we consider how early Friends interpreted it and what Quakers might mean by it today.

    Radical Spirituality: the early history of Quakers



    Learn about the beginnings of this radical religious group as it emerged in 17th century England, with this free three week online course. With films, discussions, and quizzes, the course covers the exciting and dramatic months of 1652. Follow the course at your own pace in your own time. Suitable for individuals or Meeting groups.

    Find out more and sign up at: www.futurelearn.com/courses/quakers or click the button below.

    Religion is Interesting!



    This day in York features two pieces of fascinating research conducted through the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies at Woodbrooke. Joanna Dales will share her findings about John William Graham, ‘apostle of progress’ and one of the leading Liberal Friends at the turn of the twentieth century. Fran Handrick will talk about her work amongst Old and New Order Amish women in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and how their lives are changing rapidly. Both talks will be illustrated with slides and the day will be hosted by Ben Pink Dandelion.

    Quaker Studies Conference



    Postgraduate work at Woodbrooke is now twenty one years old this year and this is the 26th annual Quaker studies conference. The theme for 2020 is ‘Reunion, Renewal and Schism.’ 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 day for all those interested in the latest thinking in Quaker studies.

    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.

    Writing Retreat



    Set in the beautiful and quiet surroundings of Swarthmoor Hall, this retreat is open to anyone looking for space and time for writing, whether starting a new project, or to take forward or finish off a current piece. There will be the opportunity to hear from the tutors about their experience of writing and one to one time with them, but the emphasis will be on creating a supportive environment to devote to the craft itself.

    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.

    Note: This course was priced incorrectly in the brochure. As this this course is longer than our standard course the cost is £545.00 residential, £380.00 non-residential.

    Talking about God



    God – mysterious, ineffable, spiritual, (for some) experienced, (for some) an absence, a short word and a big idea – is not an easy topic for discussion. Can we say anything? In this course we will explore the importance of both silence and speech as we engage with a wealth of possibilities: metaphors, paradoxes, creating new language, learning and borrowing, and reclaiming old words for our own purposes. Based on Rhiannon Grant’s book, Telling the Truth about God (Christian Alternative, 2019).

    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.

    Women in Early Christianity: liberation and suppression



    In the very last texts of the New Testament to be written, women are ordered to keep silent when the community meets and their role as teachers and pastoral workers is mocked. Yet the earliest writings show women in substantial leadership roles, enjoying a new freedom from male authority. We will chart this change step by step, acknowledging its tragic consequences, but also gaining clarity about the nature of the liberation many women experienced in the earliest Christian communities.

    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.