Courses at Swarthmoor Hall

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    Walking into Worship

    In the lovely surroundings of Swarthmoor Hall – indoors and out – we’ll explore different approaches to walking, enjoying time to awaken our senses and deepen our awareness and appreciation of the beauty around us. We’ll create and walk a labyrinth; discover and share hidden riches through a team approach, ‘Dérive’ (drifting and noticing); walk mindfully, and take at least one walk through the local countryside. Through quietness, awareness and thankfulness – we’ll travel together, ‘walking into worship’.

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

    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

    Time Set Aside: An Individually Guided Retreat

    This silent, individually guided retreat will be held in the peaceful setting of Swarthmoor Hall. Each day will include meeting for worship and epilogue, one short talk and one-to-one time with Ginny or Annique. Meals will be held in silence. This retreat offers participants the opportunity to spend an extended period of time in silence, prayer and reflection, with the support of a retreat guide

    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.

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    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