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    A Sample of Life Writing for Transformation™

    A Sample of Life Writing for Transformation™ Woodbrooke Quaker Conference CentreExperience the benefits of reflective writing, an empowering stress management practice that guides you to gently examine life experiences with mindful awareness. This self-paced mini course provides the basic steps to get started - in just five minutes.

    Through videos, a workbook, examples, audio recordings, and step-by-step exercises, you’ll soon be writing with ease and confidence.

    Tutor Joanne Klassen has introduced thousands of writers of all ages, around the world to Life Writing for Transformation™️, a process she developed for life-enriching personal development and creative self-expression.

    “A life-changing gift of insight I gave myself.” Roseanne Keyes, retired school principal

    This mini-course is not date specific so you will receive your login details within a few days of registration and you can work at your own pace. This course is the equivalent of one week of the full course plus some introductory material and will be available to you for at least six weeks after registration.

    You can also now register for the next full six week version of the course which starts in September.

    This is a Pay as Led online course. We ask that you make a donation at the time of booking to support us in continuing to offer learning to many people as possible. You will also need to register.

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    Finding Our Ways Forward: positive living in the climate crisis

    The climate crisis hasn’t gone away. The pandemic will be with us for some time. What have we learned about ourselves and the way we live and worship during this time of rapid change? How can we use this learning to respond to the climate crisis in our lives and in our meetings? This course will enable participants to consider their response to the climate crisis from a variety of angles – spiritual, practical, creative and intellectual. We will hear from Quakers who have responded in different ways and use these as a starting point to explore our own thinking about how we as individuals and communities can live positively in the climate crisis. We also hope to build a network of support for each other going forward.

    The course includes a series of webinars in which participants will experience or hear about a creative way of responding to and/or reflecting on the climate crisis. These are intended to draw out learning from our current situation and to challenge us to think differently about how we live as Quakers in the climate crisis.

    You are encouraged to register for the whole course as this will allow you to explore a range of different responses to the climate crisis and to decide for yourself what you want to do going forward. It will also give you access to lots of additional useful materials.

    Webinars

    If you have limited time or want to explore a particular issue, you can book to join a single webinar. Click on the links below for more information and to book individual webinars.

    Week 1 - Thursday 28 May, 10.00-11.30 - Early Quakers and Ecology
    ~ with Stuart Masters

    Week 2 - Tuesday 2 June, 14.00-15.30 - Storytelling in the Climate Crisis
    ~ with Rachel Berger

    Week 3 - Tuesday 9 June, 10.30-12.00 - Building Communities for Climate Crisis
    ~ with Jackie Carpenter

    Week 4 - Tuesday 16 June, 16.00-17.30 - Solidarity with Young People in the Time of Climate Crisis
    ~ with Anya Nanning Ramamurthy

    Week 5 - Thursday 25 June, 13.00-14.30 - Places of Worship in the Climate Crisis
    ~ with Per Ingvar Haukeland 

    Week 6 - Thursday 2 July, 10.30-12.00 - Creative Climate and Social Justice Action from Home
    ~ with Lyndsay Burtonshaw (bookings will open soon)

    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.

    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.

    Eldership and Oversight online – June 2020

    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 elements 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 except for a one-hour webinar once a week which will take place as follows:

    • Webinar 1: Monday 1 June, 6-7 pm
    • Webinar 2: Thursday 11 June, 6-7 pm
    • Webinar 3: Tuesday 16 June, 6-7 pm
    • Webinar 4: Monday 22 June, 6-7 pm
    • Webinar 5: Monday 29 June, 7-8 pm
    • Webinar 6: Monday 6 July, 6-7 pm

    The Roots of the Quaker Way

    What are the roots of the Quaker way? How were early Friends influenced by their religious context? This online course will consider the connections between Quakers and other radical groups, such as the Beguines, the Rhineland Mystics, the Anabaptists, the Family of Love, and the Radical Puritans. We will look at how late medieval movements, the radical wing of the Reformation, and the English Revolution helped shape the religious culture out of which the Quaker movement emerged.

    About every five days throughout the course, new material will be released which will include videos and reading, along with discussion forums to connect with the tutor and others on the course. Guide dates are given to work on each section of the material however you are free to work at your own pace. The tutor, Stuart Masters, will also probably arrange a live Q&A session towards the end of the course, if participants are interested. The expected time commitment for the course is two to three hours per week.

    Heaven on Earth

    This course is based on seven live webinars run every Thursday at 3.00pm (UK time) from 4 June to 16 July.

    The Quaker movement began with an extraordinary confidence that the kingdom of heaven was arriving on earth. The living word of Christ was sounding among his people and transformation was at hand for those who heard and responded. Ideas that had become part of Christian doctrine such as the second coming and the expectation that God’s righteousness would triumph in the affairs of the world were perceived as imminent realities. Friends felt they were living in the same Spirit as the early followers of Jesus and this brought vivid meaning to the teaching and stories of the New Testament. But just as change came for the first Christians, so Quakers had to adapt their thinking once the world did not transform in the 1650s.

    We will explore the new vision that animated both movements as well as how they responded when their expectations were not met. There will be plenty of input, a chance to hear the three course leaders in discussion each week as well as time to reflect on where this leaves the Quaker faith today. Is there meaning we can draw out of this central part of our faith tradition for the challenges of our lives today? What might heaven on earth mean for us now?

    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.

    Building Communities for Climate Crisis (9th June)

    During the lockdown in the UK which we have lived through as part of the coronavirus pandemic, several words have come to the fore, and one of them is “community”. People have experienced loneliness, uncertainty, insecurity but have valued peace, quiet and contact with nature. At the same time, many have longed for more control over where they live and what it’s like, for more resilience, and especially for more contact with other people, more close contact, more “community”.

    In this webinar we shall first explore what we ourselves think about the meaning of community. Then Jackie Carpenter will tell you about a new intentional community that she is setting up with others in Cornwall. Towards the end of our session, we shall think together about the present and how we might improve our well-being during the ongoing coronavirus experience.

    This webinar is part of the course Finding Our Ways Forward: positive living in the climate crisis, a series of seven webinars in which participants will experience or hear about a creative way of responding to and/or reflecting on the climate crisis. These are intended to draw out learning from our current situation and to challenge us to think differently about how we live as Quakers in the climate crisis.

    If you have limited time or want to explore this particular topic, you can choose to join just this webinar however we would encourage you to register for the whole course (£30). This will allow you to explore a range of different responses to the climate crisis and to decide for yourself what you want to do going forward. It will also give you access to additional useful materials.

    Click here to book the full course Finding Our Ways Forward: positive living in the climate crisis. 

    Understanding Racism Book Group: Eddo-Lodge

    This online course, the first in a series, aims to support Quakers in reading important books on racism. Each week, after reading a specific chapter or section of the chosen book, you will be invited to share your reflections and questions on a private discussion forum. Through this process of reading and relating the material to your own experience, you will gain a deeper understanding of racism and the systems that maintain white supremacy, leading to meaningful action and ally-ship. You will be supported in your reflection by the course leaders.

    The book we will read together for this course is 'Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race' by Reni Eddo-Lodge. You can find details of the book on Reni Eddo-Lodges's website and will need to borrow or purchase a copy in order to take part in the course.

    Future courses in the Understanding Racism Book Group series will be bookable separately on our website as they become available.

    This is a pay as led course, where rather than charging a fee we ask for a donation. With this course in particular we would also like to encourage people to donate to a local or national racial justice organisation. The author of this book, Reni Eddo-Lodge has listed information about this on her twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/renireni/status/1266678436971646984. Donations to Woodbrooke will be used to support our learning programme and we are unable to receive funds on behalf of other organisations. We recognise that some people will only be in a position to make a single donation, if this is the case we encourage to you to support the organisation that you feel most called to donate to at this time.

    Please ensure that you complete the registration form for this course in addition to any donation.

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    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.

    Solidarity with Young People in the time of Climate Crisis (16th June)

    How is the climate crisis affecting young people? What are their concerns, fears and hopes? How can we act in solidarity with them and others most affected by the climate crisis?

    In this webinar we will explore how we can best stand in solidarity with young people, and other marginalised communities, who are fighting for climate justice. We will hear from young people about the action they are taking, develop our understanding of the resources or skills we each have to offer (including those we are unaware we have) and explore how best to use these in a way that supports young people well.

    This webinar is part of the course Finding Our Ways Forward: positive living in the climate crisis, a series of seven webinars in which participants will experience or hear about a creative way of responding to and/or reflecting on the climate crisis. These are intended to draw out learning from our current situation and to challenge us to think differently about how we live as Quakers in the climate crisis.

    If you have limited time or want to explore this particular topic, you can choose to join just this webinar however we would encourage you to register for the whole course (£30). This will allow you to explore a range of different responses to the climate crisis and to decide for yourself what you want to do going forward. It will also give you access to additional useful materials.

    Click here to book the full course Finding Our Ways Forward: positive living in the climate crisis. 

    Meeting for Worship for Dance (25 June)

    In the spirit of adventure and exploration we are offering a chance to embody our responses to what is going on for us at the moment. Live music from Robin Bowles will support and respond to the movement. We will start with a time to warm up our muscles and get our bodies moving, there will be a chance to connect with others and there will be time for worshipful dance.

    Places of Worship in the Climate Crisis (25th June)

    Per Ingvar Haukeland of Norway’s Yearly Meeting will talk about how he and others in his local worship group have been experimenting with worshipping in nature and what they have experienced and learnt from this.

    We will consider different ways of holding meeting for worship or developing spiritual practices that help us to deepen our relationship with the earth and tread lightly on it. We will also hear about different ways they work with the relationship between worship and witness, as with inner and outer transition. And how worship in nature, and inviting our fellow creatures to join, may deepen our relationship to the more-than-human world and help us engage with the climate crisis.

    This webinar is part of the course Finding Our Ways Forward: positive living in the climate crisis, a series of seven webinars in which participants will experience or hear about a creative way of responding to and/or reflecting on the climate crisis. These are intended to draw out learning from our current situation and to challenge us to think differently about how we live as Quakers in the climate crisis.

    If you have limited time or want to explore this particular topic, you can choose to join just this webinar however we would encourage you to register for the whole course (£30). This will allow you to explore a range of different responses to the climate crisis and to decide for yourself what you want to do going forward. It will also give you access to additional useful materials.

    Click here to book the full course Finding Our Ways Forward: positive living in the climate crisis. 

    Testimony: fruits of the spirit

    We see Testimony as transformation resulting from our relationship with God, leading us into a spirit-led life which may be at odds with the surrounding culture. This course will look at our own lives, how we are transformed and in turn transform the world around us.

    This course will explore Testimony; we will consider a biblical basis, our understanding of Testimony over the last 60 years and how we live as a Quaker in the world today.

    This online course will look at what we are called to do and how we are called to do it. Can we find our authentic voice together?

    '…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control._’ Galatians 5:22-23

    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-violent 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.

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