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    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.

    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.

    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.

    Quakerism in 18th and 19th century American literature

    This online course explores the influence of Quakerism on 18th and 19th century American writers, as well as the representations of Quaker characters in fiction of the period – sometimes good, sometimes bad! You will encounter the good Quaker abolitionists of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Nathan Slaughter, the murderous Quaker in Nick of the Woods. The course will have 5 sessions, spread over 10 weeks to allow time for reading. No previous experience of literary study is necessary – just come prepared to explore and enjoy.

    We will read five texts together – Nick of the Woods, selections from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson, some poetry by Walt Whitman and “The Gentle Boy” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.

    What to do about Money

    We are involved with money every day – working for it, spending it, saving it, investing it, giving it away or just worrying about it. We feel guilty about having too much and worry about having too little. In this online course we'll explore our relationships with money so that participants are better able to make choices about their use of money, as individuals or as Meetings. Financial advice will not be given.

    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. Each unit contains video, audio and written materials to engage with, and forums to share reflections and ask questions. There will be a live online Q&A on Thursday 21 February at 19.00 GMT. If you can’t join this discussion live, it will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience. This course is intended for those who have been attending a Quaker meeting for between six months and three years. This course focuses principally on Quakerism as practiced by Britain Yearly Meeting, what is known as the liberal unprogrammed tradition. Participants from other Yearly Meetings and traditions are very welcome.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.

    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 involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.

    The Roots of the Quaker Way: early Friends in their religious and political context

    What are the roots of the Quaker way? How were early Friends influenced by their religious and political context? In this webinar series we will explore this issue and consider the connections between Quakers and other radical religious groups, such as the Anabaptists, the Family of Love, the Diggers and the Ranters. We will look back to the influence of the early Church and medieval movements, and forwards to the emergence of new religious movements in the eighteenth century. 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 retreat involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.

     

    Deepening the life of Spirit: an online retreat exploring prayer and spiritual practice

    Would you like to explore new ways of opening to the Light? This online retreat, running over six weeks, offers spiritual nourishment and renewal in the midst of everyday life. Each week you will be invited to rest and reflect, explore spiritual practices, meet the Spirit at work in your life and share with your retreat group and guide through conversation in the online retreat forum. You’ll need a computer or digital device with internet and a quiet space to use during the retreat. Note re timings: You will choose the times and days that you engage with this online retreat each week, as we will not all be online at the same time. You can join in from any time zone.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately 4 hours per week.

    A Quaker Response to Animal Suffering

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.Are you concerned with animal suffering? Do you question the moral justifications for their ill-treatment? Do you have an awareness of them as precious creatures of God? This six week online course will introduce key themes in the field of Animal Theology within the context of the Quaker faith. Also looking at biblical, Buddhist and scientific understanding, we will ask how our lives of active witness might realise the common bonds we share with other species, and extend our vision of the peaceable kingdom.

    Writing Brilliant Annual Reports

    This three-week online course is an interactive discussion space which will help participants to better understand the Charity Commission and Britain Yearly Meeting requirements for an Area Meeting Trustees’ Annual Report. You will consider the target audience and share ideas about how to produce the most useful document(s) possible. There will be exercises to try out as you prepare your 2018 report. The course will be run as three *purely online* webinars from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Thursday evenings, starting March 14th. This course is intended for anyone involved in producing the annual report for an Area Meeting, including Area Meeting trustees, treasurers, and clerks. The course will be delivered through live seminars and although these will be recorded for later viewing you will get the most out of the course if you can attend them all, and if you have a webcam and microphone to join in the conversation. The online Adobe Connect 'room', accessed in your internet browser from a link in Moodle, will be opened 1 hour before the first session (and 30 minutes before the other sessions) to enable you to log in and test your equipment.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately 1.5-2.5 hours per week.