Nurturing our Quaker Community

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    Quaker Fellowship for Afterlife Studies (QFAS) and the Friends Fellowship of Healing (FFH) Conference


    Woodbrooke, QFAS and FFH working in partnership.

    This joint conference of the Quaker Fellowship for Afterlife Studies (QFAS) and the Friends Fellowship of Healing (FFH) is open to all. For nearly twenty years QFAS has gathered and shared evidence of experiences beyond the body, which goes to the very heart of what it means to be human. FFH was founded in 1935 and is one of the largest interest groups within the Religious Society of Friends in Britain. The conference will explore spiritual and psychic experiences and evidence of healing of the mind and body. We will discuss how we can integrate these experiences into our daily lives, helping us to grow stronger in faith and love.

    Why have a Book of Discipline? Area Meeting Representatives


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

    How does a shared discipline enable and empower us as Quakers? How does it challenge us?  Britain Yearly Meeting is at the beginning of the once-in-a-generation process of revising our Book of Discipline and a committee has been appointed to undertake the task. This weekend will be an opportunity for representatives from Area Meetings and other interested Friends to join with members of the Revision Committee to explore the continuing importance of having a Book of Discipline and consider what we want it do for us in the future.

    This weekend is open those aged 13 and over. There will not be a separate young people’s programme. Those aged under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and will be the responsibility of their accompanying adult(s) throughout the event.

    Area Meetings are invited to send a representative to this event and priority will be given to those booking as AM representatives until 23rd September. To book as an AM representative complete the form below.

    The weekend will be open to all from 23rd September. If you are not representing your Area Meeting, you can register your interest now and we will email you to give you an opportunity to book as soon as the general bookings open.

    A Friendly Introduction to Discernment


    When Friends say they are ‘led’ to do things, or they are ‘seeking God’s guidance’ in a decision, what do they mean? How do Friends make well-grounded personal and group decisions? This course will introduce you to different tools used for personal and corporate discernment, and will explore the interplay between individual and community in the Quaker process of testing leadings. We will apply some practices to real issues in order to gain familiarity with them.

    Handling Conflict in our Meetings


    While handling difficult situations is challenging and can be deeply painful, it can also be the means for growth and development. We will explore a variety of ways for managing conflicts and difficulties that arise in meetings, including processes for restoring harmony, using as an illustration a model, ‘cycle of harmony and discord’. We will practise skills to help address conflict, and the feelings these situations can provoke. We will explore what we might like to change in our meetings.

    A Friendly Introduction to the Quaker Way


    Are you relatively new to Quakers and keen to find out more? This course sets out the Quaker ‘basics’. It will give you an understanding of the history and international reach of Quakerism, and the importance of spiritual experience to the Quaker Way. We will discuss what happens in a Meeting for Worship and how Quakers make decisions and organise themselves. We will explore what Quakers mean by ‘testimony’ and explain simple spiritual practices for you to experiment with.

    Mental Health in our Meetings


    Meetings need good ways of responding to Friends experiencing mental illness or distress. This course explores the experience of mental ill health, situations which arise and ways to respond. How can we maintain an open and supportive meeting environment? How do we handle our fears and balance the needs of the individual and the wider meeting? This course is helpful for those in Eldership and Oversight roles. We welcome people with direct experience of mental illness, but cannot help with current distress.

    Living, loving and engaging with the world together – parents and adult children


    A course for adult children and their parents which aims to help your understanding of one another in different ‘stages’ of your lives, and deepen your relationship. Rooted in Quaker values, the course will draw on a range of literature, as well as insights from the tutors’ own relationship. Non-Quakers are welcome. We do require separate bookings for each parent and adult child and, unfortunately, we cannot accept bookings where the booker's parent or child is not attending.

    A Friendly Introduction to Membership: online


    What is Quaker membership? How do I apply and what will happen? The course gives an opportunity to explore the meaning of membership and belonging, and to share with others at a similar stage in their journey with Quakers. We will look at the history of Quaker membership, the practical aspects of applying for membership, and at the rewards and responsibilities belonging to a faith community brings. This course is intended for those who are considering membership of the Religious Society of Friends.

    The course includes a live online Q&A webinar on Thursday 5th December at 8pm (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.

    All are welcome – growing our all-age Quaker communities


    Woodbrooke and Quaker Life working in partnership.

    This engaging and interactive weekend is an opportunity to explore how Friends and meetings can reach out to families, connect with each other and enrich our all-age worshipping community. It is ideal for anyone wanting to make change happen and help build inclusive and welcoming communities, especially for Friends with responsibility for eldership and oversight.

    This weekend is open to all ages and we will practice building an all-age community. There will not be a separate children's programme. Children and young people will be the responsibility of their accompanying adult(s) throughout the event.

    COURSE FEES

    Adults:  £165 (£95 non-resident)
    16-18 years old:  £100 (£65 non-resident)
    12-15 years old:  £65 (£45 non-resident)
    5-11 years old:  £35 (£25 non-resident)
    Under 5 years old:  free

    FAMILY AND GROUP BOOKINGS

    Please note that you will need to complete one booking form for each individual coming to Woodbrooke regardless of age.

    Please click here to complete the booking form for the booking leader which includes details about your group/family. This is one person over 18 who is responsible for coordinating your booking, we will send all correspondence to the booking leader unless specifically requested.

    Please click here to complete a booking form for each additional adult.

    Please click here to complete a booking form for each child.

    INDIVIDUAL BOOKINGS

    For individual bookings please click here.

    Once you have submitted the relevant forms, our team will check that we have appropriate accommodation available and confirm this with you along with a request for payment. Please note that your booking is not confirmed until we contact you to confirm your accommodation.

     

    Why have a Book of Discipline? General bookings


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

    How does a shared discipline enable and empower us as Quakers? How does it challenge us?  Britain Yearly Meeting is at the beginning of the once-in-a-generation process of revising our Book of Discipline and a committee has been appointed to undertake the task. This weekend will be an opportunity for representatives from Area Meetings and other interested Friends to join with members of the Revision Committee to explore the continuing importance of having a Book of Discipline and consider what we want it do for us in the future.

    This weekend is open those aged 13 and over. There will not be a separate young people’s programme. Those aged under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and will be the responsibility of their accompanying adult(s) throughout the event.

    Area Meetings are invited to send a representative to this event and priority will be given to those booking as AM representatives until 23rd September. To book as an AM representative please go to the Area Meeting Representative page

    The weekend will be open to all from 23rd September. If you are not representing your Area Meeting, you can register your interest now using the form below and we will give you an opportunity to book as soon as the general bookings open.