Nurturing our Quaker Community

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    Leadership Amongst Friends



    How does leadership work in our non-hierarchical Society of Friends, and what does it mean to take a lead when working in relationships with others? This course is for anyone across our programmed and unprogrammed traditions who is interested in questions of leading and building a participatory community within a Quaker context.

    Each week there will be a range of audio-visual and written materials for you to engage with, with forums where you can share reflections and ask questions. There will also be live discussion groups throughout the course. Dates and times will be available soon.

    Making Difficult Decisions in Meetings



    All communities sometimes have to make difficult decisions – about acceptable behaviour, structural changes, property and finances, or other issues. In this course we will explore Quaker approaches to these situations. How can Quaker communities be supported to make good decisions even when it is difficult? When is it right to use a threshing meeting, to ask for expert advice, or to defer a decision to a later date? Useful for all Quakers and especially relevant to clerks and elders.

    Navigating Life Transitions



    Life changes can be like gentle waves, small and hardly noticed, or sudden and dramatic, like violent storms. Changing location or employment, retirement, conflict, bereavement, the onset of a long term illness or disabling condition, becoming a carer, ending a relationship are examples of major life changes which can challenge our sense of identity and direction in life. Working individually and together we will explore loss and continuity in change, seeking new perspectives, spiritual insights and growth.

    Meeting Needs: creating well-being



    This course speaks to Friends’ historic and current concern for mental health and well-being. We introduce the organising ideas of the first truly bio-psycho-social model to help human beings suffering emotional distress. The ‘human givens’ model, already being used successfully in various settings, is the basis of Meeting Needs: a fun and richly experiential course of interest to all with a concern for the welfare of others and their own personal development.

    Patterns and Examples: Norwich



    Working in partnership with Quakers in Britain

    Are you serving your meeting? Would you benefit from a day of support, training, and spiritual nurture?

    Patterns and Examples days are gatherings for all adult role holders, and children and young people aged 6 to 18. Each one will be an opportunity to meet Friends, make friends, share ideas and worries, develop your skills and build our Quaker communities.

    Families are encouraged to attend and a crèche will be provided for under 5’s.

    Optional topics will include:

    • Caring for one another
    • Meeting house handbook
    • Matching roles and gifts
    • Meeting for worship for business
    • Simpler Meetings
    • Mindful colouring
    • Developing self-care
    • Godly Play
    • Living as a Quaker

    This gathering is being held at Norwich Quaker Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW.

    Patterns and Examples: Lampeter



    Working in partnership with Quakers in Britain

    Are you serving your meeting? Would you benefit from a day of support, training, and spiritual nurture?

    Patterns and Examples days are gatherings for all adult role holders, and children and young people aged 6 to 18. Each one will be an opportunity to meet Friends, make friends, share ideas and worries, develop your skills and build our Quaker communities.

    Families are encouraged to attend and a crèche will be provided for under 5’s.

    Optional topics will include:

    • Caring for one another
    • Meeting house handbook
    • Matching roles and gifts
    • Meeting for worship for business
    • Simpler Meetings
    • Mindful colouring
    • Developing self-care
    • Godly Play
    • Living as a Quaker

    This gathering is being held at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, College St, Lampeter, SA48 7ED

    Patterns and Examples: Lancaster



    Working in partnership with Quakers in Britain

    Are you serving your meeting? Would you benefit from a day of support, training, and spiritual nurture?

    Patterns and Examples days are gatherings for all adult role holders, and children and young people aged 6 to 18. Each one will be an opportunity to meet Friends, make friends, share ideas and worries, develop your skills and build our Quaker communities.

    Families are encouraged to attend and a crèche will be provided for under 5’s.

    Optional topics will include:

    • Caring for one another
    • Meeting house handbook
    • Matching roles and gifts
    • Meeting for worship for business
    • Simpler Meetings
    • Mindful colouring
    • Developing self-care
    • Godly Play
    • Living as a Quaker

    This gathering is being held at Lancaster Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster.