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    Writing Brilliant Annual Reports

    This three-week online course is an opportunity to learn and discuss the Charity Commission and Britain Yearly Meeting requirements for an Area Meeting Trustees’ Annual Report, consider the target audience, and share ideas about how to produce the most useful document(s) possible. The group will review good practice and suggest ways to make improvements, as you assemble your 2017 Report. Anyone involved in producing Trustees' reports is welcome on this course, including Area Meeting Trustees and clerks to Area Meetings. The course will be run as a series of three  online webinars run from 7.00pm to 8.30pm every Thursday evening from 22nd March to 5th April.

    This course is being run in partnership with Britain Yearly Meeting and is being offered free to all Area Meetings. To book you will still need to complete the online form and go though the checkout process, however you will not be asked for any credit card or other payment details. 

    Reality and Radiance: a retreat with inspiration from Swedish Quaker Emilia Fogelklou

    Emilia Fogelklou (1878-1972) was a Swedish Quaker, mystic, author, teacher of religion, peace builder during two world wars, and the first woman in Sweden to receive a degree in theology (1909). Her message remains fresh, inspirational and challenging. This 6-week retreat will be an opportunity to reflect on brief passages of her writing and their meaning for your faith and life. It is a personal retreat that offers reflective interaction with other participants and the retreat leader.
    This online retreat can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
    Each week there will be a variety of material for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections and interact with other participants.
    This course is intended for those with an interest in deepening their experience of Spirit within the context of the Quaker tradition.

    The Mother of Quakerism: The Life and Writings of Margaret Fell

    In this series of six *purely online* webinars run from 7.00pm to 8.30pm every Tuesday evening from 6 March to 10 April we will explore the life and writings of the Mother of Quakerism, Margaret Fell. Particular attention will be given to her contribution to the development of the early Quaker movement as a theologian, practical organiser, spiritual counsellor, political lobbyist, and advocate for women. In addition we will consider her letters to the Jewish communities in Amsterdam as an early example of Quaker interfaith engagement. All the webinars will be recorded and can be viewed later.
    Only basic computer skills are needed for this course, together with access to e-mail and the internet. The course takes place in Woodbrooke's online learning website, for which easy registration details will be provided. Full guidance will be given on how to access the course's material, and help is available if you get stuck at any point.,
    This online course is based on six live ninety-minute webinars.
    Each webinar is recorded so you can follow the course using the recordings if you wish.
    Downloadable resources and a discussion forum will be available to help you explore the webinar material further.
    We recommend that you set aside about 2-3 hours per week to follow this course.
    The course will not assume any prior knowledge, although some awareness of Quakerism and its history would be an advantage.

    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 relationship 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.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
    Each week there will be a range of audio visual and written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections and ask questions.
    This course is intended for Quakers and others who have an interest in Quaker leadership, across our programmed and unprogrammed traditions. You may or may not be in an appointed or employed leadership role.

    The Early Christian Breakthrough

    At the heart of early Christianity is a breakthrough, an experience of expansion into new possibilities. In the New Testament this experience is described as a manifestation of the Spirit, God’s creative power, operating in a new and unexpected way. People felt inspired, able to step out beyond the boundaries that had previously determined how they lived. This course explores both this breakthrough but also the realities that had limited it even before the writing of the New Testament documents.

    The core component of this course is a live weekly webinar each Tuesday evening from 6.30 – 8.00pm. If you are unable to participate in the live webinar you will be able to access it to view at your convenience.

    In addition there will be an online forum where questions can be raised and comments made.

    Short recommended readings will be provided each week. The live weekly webinar will include time for questions and answers.

    As well as the hour and half for the webinar, you will get most out of the course if you set aside an hour or so for further reading.

    The course will be accessible to those with little knowledge of the Bible but some background Bible study will enhance the learning experience.

    Let your Life Preach

    Are we challenging the injustices in the world? In worship are we hearing the cries of the world and are we responding to the call to act?
    Together we will explore the roots of our tradition to see how this helps us today. ‘In our communities we can find ways to challenge, to test and to work together to build the kingdom of heaven on earth. This may be challenging, this may be uncomfortable but we can work together with love and tenderness. Friends, it’s time to ask ourselves, if we were accused of being Quakers, would there be enough evidence to convict us?’
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
    Each week there will be video, audio and written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections and ask questions.

    Being a Quaker Clerk: an online course for clerks around the world

    This new course is an opportunity for Quaker clerks around the world to learn together. We will consider the clerk’s role before, during and after a Meeting for Worship for Business and look at the differing styles of clerking around the Quaker world. The course is for all clerks whether you are clerking at a local, regional, national or international level or just want to learn more about the role. We hope that participants will learn from each other as well as the leaders.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 1.5-2.5 hours a week.
    Each week there will be materials in a range of formats for you to engage with, and a forum for you to share your responses to the exercises and ask questions.
    There will be three live meetings during the six weeks of the course which you are encouraged to take part in, dates and times to be confirmed.

    Seeking Sanctuary and Stillness

    A time set aside to enjoy spaciousness and quiet in your own home and join with others on-line to share a sense of connection. Different spiritual practices will be offered on each of the days, to help you to focus, and to settle into a place of deep peace and openness to all that is; the flowing vastness of presence. We will join together for silent worship and reflection during the day.
    We encourage people of all faiths and non to participate
    These days will be ‘live’ for part of the day (Timings will be GMT+1) with time for you to create your own space for stillness and quiet during the rest of the day
    There will be an opportunity for asking questions and sharing reflections during the day
    You may join us for any combination of between one and four of the days.
    Participants have the option to join in with all four day retreats running throughout 2018 at a total cost of £55.

    A Friendly Introduction to Membership

    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 can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
    There will be video, audio and written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections and ask questions.
    There will be a live online Q&A webinar on Thursday 21 June at 20.00 GMT+1. If you can’t join this discussion live, it will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.
    This course is intended both for those who are considering membership of the Religious Society of Friends, and those who have recently become members.

    A Place Apart: Tabernacle and Temple in the Hebrew Bible

    'Can God really dwell on earth?' asks King Solomon, at the dedication of the first Jerusalem temple. We will discuss various biblical answers to that question, as we explore ancient Israelite notions of divine presence (and divine absence). We will also consider the impact of the temple’s destruction in 586 BCE, and the consequences for the formation of the Hebrew Bible. No previous knowledge is required – just a willingness to engage with biblical texts from a fresh perspective.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
    Each week will focus on some key biblical texts.  There will also be video, audio and written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections and ask questions.
    There will be two live online Q&As (dates to be confirmed). If you can’t join these discussions live, they will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.
    This course is intended for those who wish to explore the Bible in greater depth.  We will be looking at its original historical context, but also discussing our own responses to the material.

    Bayard Rustin: reflections on his life and witness

    Bayard Rustin was one of the most important civil, human and labour rights activists. African American and gay, his life’s work was in standing up for marginalised people. He was an important influence on Martin Luther King, persuading him to adopt the principles of non-violence resistance in the struggle for civil rights. This online course will explore how he put his Quaker faith into action. A study of his writings and songs, as well as literature, film and art inspired by him, will allow us to approach his life from a variety of perspectives.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
    Each week there will be video, audio and written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections and ask questions.
    This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in Quakers and/or issues of social justice, but no previous knowledge of Quakerism is required.

    Islam and the Environment

    Islam, like other Faiths call for stewardship of the Earth. What can we learn from Islam and its teachings on the environment and environmental justice?

    "And there is no creature on [or within] the earth or bird that flies with its wings except [that they are] communities like you. We have not neglected in the Register a thing. Then unto God they will be gathered" (Hold Quran 6:38)

    Each week there will be video, audio and written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections and ask questions.
    There will be two live Q&A's. If you can't join these discussions live, they will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.
    This course is intended for anyone, of any faith or none.

    Living the Heart of Christianity

    This is a 6-week online retreat with inspiration from Marcus J. Borg's The Heart of Christianity. How can we live passionately today by practicing timeless elements of Christian faith? It is an opportunity to reflect on and incorporate into daily life themes of the heart: faith, practise, opening, rebirth and justice. It can speak to those who struggle to identify with the Christian tradition as well as to those approaching the tradition 'again for the first time'.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
    Each week there will be written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections.

    A Taste of Life Writing for Transformation™

    This self-paced course introduces a process of writing for authentic, creative self-expression and personal development. A “no red pens” approach results in greater awareness, mindfulness and self-acceptance through a gentle stream of guided tools you can use just five minutes at a time.
    The course includes three multimedia modules and a workbook, based on the work of Joanne Klassen, creator of Life Writing for Transformation™. Each module introduces key concepts from the book followed by exercises, examples, a review and additional optional learning activities.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.
    Each week there will be video, audio and written materials for you to engage with.
    This course is intended for anyone who has planned to write about their life, spiritual journey, or unique experiences. This course will provide the guidance to begin.
    This is the first time that *Life Writing for Transformation* TM has been made available as an online course. It is an ideal introduction or refresher course.

    ‘That your love may overflow’: Paul’s letter to the Philippians

    This is a letter of encouragement. You know the gift of life you have received, says Paul, now live it to the full. ‘Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, pure, pleasing, commendable, if there is any excellence, anything worth of praise, think on these things. … Rejoice!’ Challenging theology and practical counsel intermingle in a rich expression of early Christian life. With four webinars and recommended reading we will open up the world of this remarkable short text.

    The core component of this course is a live weekly webinar each Wednesday evening from 6.30 – 8.00pm. If you are unable to participate in the live webinar you will be able to access it to view at your convenience.

    In addition there will be an online forum where questions can be raised and comments made.

    Short recommended readings will be provided each week. The live weekly webinar will include time for questions and answers.

    As well as the hour and half for the webinar, you will get most out of the course if you set aside an hour or so for further reading.

    Some previous experience of Bible study – whether in your Meeting or at Woodbrooke - will enhance the learning experience.

    Meeting for worship for business: an online course

    Meetings for worship for business are one facet of Quaker worship; but what is actually going on in a meeting for worship for business? Why do we do what we do? What is the spiritual underpinning? This course is for all Friends, to help you to understand our decision making process better. Friends ‘on the bench’ as well as clerks can benefit from the course which will help you to understand more about deepening our experience of worshipful discernment as a group.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 1.5-2.5 hours a week.
    Each week there will be materials in a range of formats for you to engage with, and a forum for you to share your responses to the exercises and ask questions.
    There will be 2-3 live meetings during the four weeks of the course which you are encouraged to take part in, dates and times to be confirmed.