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    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 (Tuesday 17th July and Tuesday 31st July). 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.

    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 2-3 hours a week for pursuing this course. There is no requirement to be online at a particular time.
    This course is intended for Friends who are serving, about to serve or considering service in eldership and/or oversight. As well as those appointed to formal roles, we welcome those whose meetings use systems of shared oversight or eldership or who would like to learn more about Quaker ways of caring for one another.
    You can work through the material on this course in your own time. We recommend setting aside two to three hours a week.
    Each week there will be a range of audio, visual and written materials for you to engage with, and a forum for you to share reflections and ask questions.

    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.

    Friends From the Start: exploring the early Quaker story

    Do you want to know more about early Friends? If your knowledge of Quaker history is a little hazy or you are relatively new to the Society of Friends, this four week online course is for you. We will trace the early Quaker story in its historical context, explore the development of the Quaker vision and look at the movement’s leading figures. This will all be done in a relaxed and friendly way using a mixture of video lectures, readings and discussion.
    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 does not assume any prior knowledge of Quaker history.

    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 27th October 2018 (10:00 – 16:00 GMT), that you can take part in wherever you are.
    This course can be completed in your own time. We encourage you to spend a short time each day engaging with a spiritual practice.
    There will be video, audio and written materials for you to engage with, and forums for you to share reflections and ask questions.
    The spiritual practices will be drawn mainly from the Christian tradition and offered in a way that makes the course open to all.

    The Theology of Quaker Testimony

    Friends say confidently that ‘Christianity is a not a notion but a way’. Behind the radical Quaker tradition of practical witness there is a distinctive understanding - a ‘theology of Quaker testimony’ – that may well have value beyond the world of Friends. We will give careful attention to the individual and collective patterns of action that make up testimony for Quakers, the way it is shared and sustained, its rootedness in everyday life, and its challenging relationship to the wider world.

    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.

    Selected extracts from Rachel Muers’s book ‘Testimony’ will be sent out 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 is for those who are interested in exploring the theological basis for Quaker testimony. While attention will be given to particular case studies of Quaker testimony in practice, this is not an introduction to the specific ‘testimonies’ of Friends.

    Quaker Women and Social Justice: learning from their experience

    What might we learn about social justice from Quaker history? This online course will look at social and economic concerns of some Quaker women activists, both British and American, in the 1800's and early 1900's. We will consider their strategies, motivation, and the faith basis of their work in the context of society at the time. Through readings and friendly discussion, participants will come to share our enthusiasm for these pioneering leaders and will gain insight into modern manifestations of social injustice.

    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 intended for anyone with an interest in Quakers and social justice. No prior knowledge of either is necessary.

    Exploring Quaker Spirituality

    In this series of six *purely online* webinars running from 7.00pm to 8.30pm every Thursday evening from 8 November to 13 December, we will explore what Quaker spirituality is all about and how it speaks to us today.
    This webinar series will introduce you to central elements of Quaker spirituality, including: silence, worship and vocal ministry; experiencing all of life as sacred; the inward teacher; the contemplative and the prophetic; queries and uncertainty; discipline, discernment and leadings. 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.

    Being a Quaker Clerk: an online course

    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 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.