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    Inspiring Nonviolence

    Running in partnership with Turning the Tide.

    Dreaming of a more peaceful and just world? Join us as we share ideas, thinking, practice and real life examples about collective action through nonviolent means. Whether you are an experienced activist wanting some space to reflect, or you’re wondering about how to make a difference (and everything in between!) – you are very welcome to participate.

    The course includes a diverse range of materials, discussion forums and webinars.

    Webinar Speakers

    We are excited to announce our 2020 webinar speakers:

    • Betty Atieno (TTT Kenya), Daniel Nteziyaremye (TTT Rwanda) & Aloys Ningabira (TTT Burundi) – all from TTT East Africa.
    • Aderonke Apata & Lyndsay Burtonshaw – both involved at different ends of the Stansted 15 action. Lyndsay is also the Programme Coordinator for Turning the Tide GB.
    • Rachel Julian – academic researcher, writer and activist based at Leeds Beckett.
    • David Gee – activist, researcher, author and poet.
    • George Lakey – activist, scholar, writer, trainer.

    More detailed course info below

    Overall goal: to develop and/or deepen participants understanding about the possibilities of positive change through nonviolent means.

    Aims of the course:

    ➢ To share some key concepts and ideas about nonviolence and civil resistance.
    ➢ To share examples and encourage reflection about positive change through nonviolent means.
    ➢ To provide an online space for participants to inspire themselves and each other about nonviolence.
    ➢ To provide a facilitated online space for participants to engage with the course materials and also engage with each other through the forum and webinars. We hope that participants will help each other understand and explore ideas and concepts in the course and think about how to apply ideas to real world situations.

    Key course content
    This course is for people interested in finding out about nonviolence or reflecting further on nonviolence. The course will include inspiring ideas about creating positive change through nonviolent campaigns, actions and movements. By the end of the course we hope participants will feel more encouraged about the possibilities of making positive change through nonviolent means.

    The main themes the course explores include:

    • Definitions nonviolence and civil resistance
    • The principles and qualities of nonviolence
    • Inspiring stories of imaginative nonviolent campaigns from across the world
    • A glimpse at some of the research into nonviolence
    • Space to think about what sort of hope we might need to sustain ourselves
    • Idea about some of the ingredients needed to build strategic and effective campaigns.


    How much time commitment does this course require?

    The course is large self-directed study. We’d suggest you put aside at least two hours a week to engage with the materials, one hour a week for the weekly webinar & one hour a week to reflect and participate in the online forums.

    What sort of materials does the course include?

    Each week has core materials which includes things to read and things to watch. There are additional materials for anyone who would like to engage further.

    What if I can’t attend the online webinars?

    All webinars will be recorded and shared with participants.

    What equipment do I need to participate?

    You need a decent internet connection and either a computer, tablet or phone to join the webinars.

    Do I need to be a Quaker to participate?

    No – as long as you are interested in change through nonviolent means you are welcome to join us.

    Taught by the Spirit: Paul’s Quaker Gospel

    Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians contains the famous words ‘Love is patient; love is kind … love does not insist on its own way … it rejoices in the truth’. These words are part of a longer passage where Paul explores the nature of the new life that has opened up for the community. It includes the closest description of a Meeting for Worship in the Bible and an extended reflection on the gifts of the Spirit and the qualities needed to lead a Spirit-led life. We will consider the whole letter with the aim of seeing what it can offer Quakers today.

    This is a webinar based course which will take place on Thursdays at 6.30-8pm. Recordings of each webinar will be available to participants.

    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.

    Mothers of Israel: exploring the writings of early Quaker women

    The early Quaker movement was unusual in its time for the freedom it afforded women to be preachers, prophets and writers. In this online course, we will explore the lives, and writings of a number of important early Quaker women. This will include Margaret Fell, Martha Simmonds, Hannah Stranger, Sarah Blackborow, Rebecca Travers, Dorothy White, and Elizabeth Bathurst. What contribution did these women make to the development of the Quaker way?

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week. Each week there will be a range of audio-visual and written materials for you to engage with, and a discussion forum where you can share reflections and ask questions.




    Spiritual Practices for Every Day

    How do you make space in your day to be spiritually present? What spiritual practices resonate with you? This course is an opportunity to explore what we mean by ‘spiritual practice’ and why it is important. You will be offered a variety of spiritual practices to work with, in your own time. We will all share our experiences together as an online community using forums. The course will include a live Quiet Day on Saturday 13 June 2020 (10:00 – 16:00 GMT+1), that you can take part in wherever you are.

    Exploring Quaker Chaplaincy

    Are you a Quaker chaplain in hospital, prison, school or university or in any other work or community setting? Or considering starting chaplaincy? This online course will be an opportunity for sharing, supporting and developing your ministry. We will explore the connections between different settings. Over the six weeks of this course, we will encourage you to take a couple of hours a week to reflect on your work, share your experiences, ideas and insights, and come away refreshed. This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

    Being a Quaker Trustee – June 2020

    This six-week online course will provide easy-to-understand information and enjoyable learning, to make trusteeship approachable and rewarding. We will be factual and practical, but all we do will be underpinned by the spiritual question of what trusteeship means within Quakers? What does God require of us? What does the law require? What is considered good practice for charities? How does this fit with Quaker good practice? How do trustees, area and local meetings relate to each other? How can trustees best serve our meetings? This course is particularly suitable for new/less experienced Area Meeting trustees.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

    Eldership and Oversight

    This six-week online course will help all those serving in eldership and oversight to gain better understanding and confidence in their role – whatever the system in their meeting. The six modules cover the full range of topics included in the separate and combined eldership and oversight onsite courses, with options to focus on areas of particular relevance. You should allow two to three hours a week for pursuing this course. There is no requirement to be online at a particular time.

    Being a Quaker Clerk

    This online course, for new or prospective clerks with little or no experience of Quaker clerking, is based on the on-site course with the same name. The five modules cover the clerk’s role before, during and after a Meeting for Worship for Business. We also consider why we use our particular business style in our meetings. We will focus on clerking local meetings, but clerks of other meetings, including area meetings, will also find they can learn much about their role.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

    Quaker Nominations

    An entirely online course for anyone involved in Quaker nominations. We will aim to root ourselves in good practices of discernment whilst responding to the particular issues that face us. Nominations are at the quiet heart of the way we live together as Friends, when we listen faithfully to the Spirit. By taking two to three hours a week over six weeks to reflect, we hope you will gain a renewed insight into the potential of nominations to strengthen meetings and enable them to flourish.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

    Radical Spirituality: the early history of Quakers

    Learn about the beginnings of this radical religious group as it emerged in 17th century England, with this free three week online course. With films, discussions, and quizzes, the course covers the exciting and dramatic months of 1652. Follow the course at your own pace in your own time. Suitable for individuals or Meeting groups.

    Find out more and sign up at: or click the button below.

    An Introduction to Peace Education – Summer 2020

    This introduction to the theory and practice of peace education draws upon the experience of Quaker Peace and Social Witness to explore how we can support the development of children’s inner peace, help children to understand conflict and their relationship with it, and engage children with wider peace issues, from the ethics of armed drones to conscientious objection and human rights. We will endeavour to establish a supportive learning community and encourage reflective practice and peer learning and assessment.

    This course is aimed at educators interested in learning the principles and practice of peace education.  It  is a total of 12-15 hours of flexible learning with two webinars which are recorded for play back.

    We are offering a 20% discount for student teachers. Simply use the coupon code pedst20.

    Woodbrooke and Quakers in Britain working in partnership.

    If this course is full, please join the waiting list so that we can let you know if we add more places or contact you with information about when the course will run again.