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    Mindfully Together

    For 13 years, Woodbrooke has hosted retreats drawing on the Zen Buddhist teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh. We will welcome back Sister Annabel Laity supported by members of the Community of Interbeing. Discover how mindfulness of the present moment can bring peace and happiness. While the practice is accessible and guidance will be offered to those with little or no experience, it is not without demand.  You will enjoy times of silence, walking meditation in Woodbrooke’s beautiful grounds and specially prepared vegetarian food.

    We are offering a limited number of places (including all meals and accommodation) on this course at a heavily discounted rate for Friends aged 18 - 35 years, if you would like to know more or take advantage of one of these places, please contact or call 0121 415 6785.

    Celebrating Samhain – exploring the Wheel of the Year

    A gentle introduction to the Wheel of the Year, the annual cycle of eight solar festivals marking the earth’s journey around the Sun.  The names of its festivals, rooted in pagan tradition and adopted by Christianity, are familiar to us all - Imbolc became Candlemas, Ostara became Easter.  We meet at Samhain, the moment of death in the Wheel. After death comes rebirth… Awareness of the Wheel can enrich and deepen our Quaker practice.

    No Sects Please, We’re British: understanding diversity amongst British Muslims

    This course will go beyond a generic understanding of Islam to look at the internal diversity in the religion as well as issues of debate between denominations and groupings. It will focus on Shia and Sunni Muslim identities, but also touch on a wider set of different interpretations of Islam and sub-groups, bearing in mind the demographics of British Muslim communities. As well as traditional sects and movements, the course will also cover controversies that are emerging in modern British Muslim life.

    Jews and Quakers: prejudice and privilege (conference hosted by CRQS)

    Religious prejudice and privilege manifest in multiple ways in our society and our lives. Antisemitism is still common, and Quakers are not immune from it. Historically, some Quakers experienced brief periods of persecution, but most now experience the privileges of the majority Christian culture. Both Jewish and Quaker identities are intersectional, only one aspect of a person's complete identity. We are inviting proposals for short papers (20 minutes + Q&A) or panels (two to four papers). See for details.