Quaker and Christian Traditions

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    Early Friends and the Quaker Peace Testimony

    How did the Quaker peace testimony evolve amongst early Friends? The course will consider the roles played by George Fox, Margaret Fell, William Penn and others, the historical context of their witness, and the theological basis of the peace testimony. Did some Friends have significantly different understandings of the place of peace witness in their lives? To what extent was the peace testimony a key part of the Quaker message? What does all this mean for our peace witness today?

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204

    Early Christianity

    Christianity spread rapidly throughout the first century. While communities were in contact with each other through letters and travelling teachers, they nevertheless each developed in distinctive ways. They preserved their own memories of Jesus but, more importantly, they came to different understandings about him. Scripture provides clear evidence of a significant level of conflict between these groups. It is a fascinating and lively picture which we will explore by focusing on particular examples that can reveal what was at stake.

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204

    The Quaker Jesus: the Life and Writings of James Nayler

    During this course we will get to know James Nayler who was a significant early Quaker leader, seen by many as an equal to George Fox. This will include an overview of his life and writings, detailed consideration of a number of his tracts, an assessment of his contribution to the development of the peace testimony, and an examination of what was going on in Bristol in October 1656, when he re-enacted Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.

    To book Woodbrooke courses at Swarthmoor Hall please email info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk or ring 01229 583204

    Exploring the Quaker Way – Maidstone Quaker Meeting House, Kent

    This event is open to all members and attenders of East Kent and West Kent Area Meetings.

    Are you new to Quakerism and want to find out more? Are you a Quaker and like to refresh your knowledge? This day course will give you an understanding of the history of the Quaker movement and what it looks like in the world today. We'll reflect on what Quakers mean by 'the Light', and explore how Quakers are a Spirit-led community.

    Woodbrooke is working in partnership with Britain Yearly Meeting and the Vibrancy in Meetings Programme to host this event.

    Venue:

    Maidstone Quaker Meeting House, 158 Union Street, Maidstone, ME14 1EE

    Time:

    10.00 - Arrivals and welcomes

    10.30 - Event begins

    16.00 - Tea and departures

    Lunch and refreshments:

    Please bring a packed lunch. Drinks and biscuits will be provided.