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    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.

    Clerk to Trustees: training – online

    A three week course which will help clerks to Area Meeting Trustee bodies develop their skills and confidence. We'll talk about what's involved in the role, being a trustee in a Quaker context, building good working relationships, and where to go for help. Possible topics include planning agendas, writing minutes, using subcommittees, contracts and employment, what needs doing when, and trusteeship and faith. There will be links to useful material and a forum to discuss your particular circumstances and questions.

    Being a Quaker Treasurer – online

    For new and prospective treasurers of local meetings. We will cover all the main tasks, from first entries to year-end preparation of accounts. You will find sympathetic companionship and explore the spiritual basis of the role. Full participation requires a webcam and microphone – you will be invited to test these with us the week before the course starts. You will also be sent a pack of spreadsheets, too large to print at home, required for the homework between sessions. The course will be run as a series of six *purely online* webinars run from 7.00pm to 9.00pm every Tuesday evening from 16 April to 21 May. This course involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week and must be booked by Tuesday 9th April.

    Eldership and Oversight: online

    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.

    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 2-3 hours per week.

    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.

    Being a Quaker Clerk: online

    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 2-3 hours per week.

    Eldership and Oversight: online

    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.

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