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    Inhabited by Christ: the theology and spirituality of James Nayler: online


    In this series of four purely online webinars running from 7.00pm to 9.00pm every Tuesday evening from 22 October to 12 November, we will focus on James Nayler, one of the most important leaders in the early Quaker movement. We will explore key dimensions of Nayler’s theology and spirituality by paying close attention to his published works, written between 1653 and 1660. We will look at his understanding of salvation, his contribution to the shaping of the peace testimony and his emphasis on meekness and suffering as God’s way of overcoming evil. We will also consider his prophetic messages to the wealthy and powerful that demonstrate his compassionate concern for the poor and oppressed.

    The course will assume a basic level of prior knowledge of Quakerism and its history.

    This online course is based on four live two hour webinars. Each webinar is recorded so you can follow the course using the recordings if you wish.

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

    Speaking to That of God – building a Quaker web presence: online


    Woodbrooke and Quaker Life working in partnership.

    If someone looks for your meeting online, what do they find? Would you like to improve your Quaker community's social media presence or website? During this course, we'll share examples of what is happening already, ideas about what you could try, and ways to learn how to put all this into practice. Over six weeks we will look at planning and messaging, different platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, email and websites, building online community, content gathering, data and policies with a range of different learning resources. Beginners and those with experience all welcome – you will be able to choose materials suitable to your needs. This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

    This course involves three live webinars:
    1. 7pm Monday 4th November
    2. 7pm Wednesday 27th November
    3. 7pm Tuesday 10th December
    Attendance of all three is not required and they will be recorded for all course participants to watch back later.

     

    The Birth of Liberal Quakerism in Britain: online


    In the 1880s, Quakers in Britain where a broadly evangelical movement. By the 1930s, they were firmly embedded within a liberal theology. How did this shift occur? This course will examine the key events, ideas, publications and personalities of this interesting period of Quaker history, helping us to better understand Quakerism today.

    There will be a live online Q&A webinar on Tuesday 26th November at 7pm GMT. If you can’t join this discussion live, it will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.

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

    A Friendly Introduction to Membership: online


    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 is intended for those who are considering membership of the Religious Society of Friends.

    The course includes a live online Q&A webinar on Thursday 5th December at 8pm (GMT). If you can’t join this discussion live, it will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.

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

    Explaining Quaker Theology


    This course is an opportunity to engage with three theologians well known to Friends who have all published work that explores Quaker understandings for a wider audience. In Rex Ambler's book The Quaker Way: a Rediscovery (Winchester, UK/Washington, USA: Christian Alternative, 2013), he described his aim as to ‘communicate as directly as I could what it means to be Quaker and to follow the Quaker way’. In Testimony: Quakerism and Theological Ethics (London: SCM Press, 2015), Rachel Muers attempts to show ‘how Quaker ways of living and acting relate to theology, to ways of thinking and reasoning about God and all things in relation to God’. In Boundless: the Early Christian Breakthrough (awaiting publication), Timothy Ashworth explores aspects of the lives of Jesus and the earliest Christians in ways that reveal the closeness of early Christian experience to Quaker understandings of worship and discernment.

    This course involves a series of six live webinars. All webinar sessions will be on Thursday between 6.30pm and 8pm except Week 4 which will be on Tuesday 22nd October between 6.30 and 8pm. With preparatory/follow-up reading we suggest a time commitment of approximately three hours per week (including webinars).

    Quaker Nominations: online


    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 enabling them to flourish. This course involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.

    Seeking Sanctuary and Stillness – October


    A time set aside to enjoy spaciousness and quiet in your own home and join with others online 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.

    Participants have the option to join the remaining three retreats running throughout 2019 at a total discounted cost of £35.  Click here to book all three retreats.

    Seeking Sanctuary and Stillness – November


    A time set aside to enjoy spaciousness and quiet in your own home and join with others online 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.

    Participants have the option to join the remaining three retreats running throughout 2019 at a total discounted cost of £35.  Click here to book all three retreats.

    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.

    An Introduction to Peace Education


    Woodbrooke and Quaker Peace and Social Witness Quakers in Britain working in partnership.

    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.

    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: an online course for clerks around the world


    This 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 two to three hours per week.

    Inspiring Nonviolence


    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.