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Quakers have a treasure to share with the world – the liberating power of following the promptings of love and truth in our hearts. How do we make this treasure known to those who have never heard of Friends? How do we welcome people who seek this treasure when they arrive at our meeting house doors?
This course aims to reframe how we think about ‘outreach’. We will not ask how we can get more ‘bums on seats’ or find more people for the flower rota. Instead, asking how we can warmly welcome those who seek us so that our Quaker communities confidently witness to the power of the Quaker discovery.
This course is structured around 5 questions across 5 weeks:
- Why do we want new people anyway?
- What do newcomers experience in our meetings?
- How do we set ourselves free to be truly inclusive?
- What is the point of your Meeting?
- How do we talk about Quakerism in a way that actually helps newcomers?
Each week will have video and audio resources exploring the topic and lively discussion forums – some weeks will include guest speakers. We will also have two live sessions via Zoom:
- Wednesday 16th September from 7:30 to 9 pm (UK time)
- Wednesday 7th October from 7:30 to 9 pm (UK time)
This course is a collaboration between Quaker Life and Woodbrooke.
Are you relatively new to Quakers and keen to find out more? Have you been attending meeting for a while, but feel you could be better informed about Quaker beliefs and practices? Are you a life-long Friend who needs their Quaker knowledge refreshed? 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.
This course will give you a solid foundation in continuing your journey on the Quaker way.
Each week there will be video, audio and written materials to engage with, and forums to share reflections and ask questions.
There will be the opportunity for live online discussion (19.00-20.00 GMT) on Tuesday 10th November and Tuesday 8th December. 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.