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    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 two to three 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.

    Multiple Religious Belonging


    Quaker-Pagan. Anglican and Buddhist. Jewish and Christian (and interested in shamanism). Multiple religious identities are becoming more visible in the Western world as globalisation makes us more aware of the possibilities and religion is increasingly seen as something private which can be chosen at will. This course will explore what it is like to belong to more than one religious tradition, ask how and why people might set out on that path, and give space to reflect on the implications. This course involves a time commitment of approximately two to three hours per week.

    STILL OPEN FOR BOOKINGS

    As this course is all online content with no live webinars, we will continue to take bookings once the course has begun.

    A Taste of Life Writing for Transformation™


    This self-paced course, led by Joanne Klassen and Eleanor Chornoboy, introduces a process of writing for authentic, creative self-expression and personal development. The course emphasizes mindfulness through an awareness-based approach to writing by turning attention within. It does not involve interactive sharing and this “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 six multimedia sessions and a workbook, based on the work of Joanne Klassen, creator of Life Writing for Transformation™.  The sessions are released weekly throughout the course and are yours to keep and work through at your own pace; each session introduces key concepts followed by exercises, examples, a review and additional optional learning activities.

    There are limited places available for this course so book early to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately we are unable to accept late bookings, please make sure you have booked before 20 September.

    Please note the change of course dates: This course now runs from 23 September to 3 November, one week later than the dates originally published in our brochure.

     

    European Quaker Voices: online


    Please note: There is an error in our latest brochure. The correct price for this course is £25.

    This is a 6-week online retreat for European Quakers, using devotional and inspirational material by European Quakers. In addition to readings, there will be suggestions for activities and exercises appropriate to a retreat. Participants will share reflections and experiences with each other along the way. The retreat is thus an opportunity for individual and group spiritual development, as well as an opportunity to learn from the rich experience of European Friends. 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 on Thursday evenings, 6.30-8pm, beginning on 3 October 2019. With preparatory/follow-up reading we suggest a time commitment of approximately three hours per week (including webinars).

    Being a Quaker Trustee: online


    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 2-3 hours per week.

    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. Topics will include websites, Facebook, creating content, and privacy issues. 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.

    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.

    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.