Quaker and Christian Traditions

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    The Changing Face of Faith in Britain, how should Quakers Respond?

    The Changing Face of Faith in Britain, how should Quakers Respond?
    A challenge for Friends is the growth of 'secular society' and changes to traditional religious expression.  Becoming aware of this and sensing possible opportunities, the Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations commissioned research into the impact the changing face of faith expression is having on Quakers and if there are new groups and individuals that Quakers could work with. This conference will provide an opportunity to consider the results of this project and where this might lead us.

    This conference is open to individual Friends and attenders, although priority will be given to those nominated by their Area Meetings.

    Bookings will be opened for individual Friends after 31 January 2018. If you are not representing your Area Meeting please ask to be put on the waiting list and you will be contacted when bookings are open.

     

    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