Nurturing our Quaker Community

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    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. To book as an AM representative complete the form below.

    If you are not representing your Area Meeting, please book here.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

     

     

    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.

    Answering That of God in Everyone: a diversity and inclusion national gathering


    Woodbrooke working in partnership with Britain Yearly Meeting

    In the last few years, momentum has been building amongst British Quakers around issues of diversity, inclusion, power and privilege. This conference aims to build on this important work, preparing Friends to further consider these issues, both in their meetings and at 2020’s Yearly Meeting Gathering in Bath. The weekend will include key note speeches, workshops, opportunities for informal discussion and worship. We will explore various forms of diversity in an intersectional way. Prepare to be challenged and inspired. We welcome your courageous participation

     

    ‘Philosophy for Communities’ Family Weekend


    This family weekend will use the P4C (Philosophy for Children or Communities www.sapere.org.uk) methodology to explore and think about some big questions about belief, values and ethics. Do we see the world in the same way? How important is art? Should we always tell the truth? This approach will create a positive and fun environment for deep discussion within intergenerational groups. An all age opportunity for children and adults to engage together about big questions. A crèche will be provided for under 5s during the programme sessions.

    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.