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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 can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 1.5-2.5 hours a week.
Each week there will be materials in a range of formats for you to engage with, and a forum for you to share your responses to the exercises and ask questions.
There will be three live meetings during the six weeks of the course which you are encouraged to take part in, dates and times to be confirmed.
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.
This course is intended for Friends who are serving, about to serve or considering service in eldership and/or oversight. As well as those appointed to formal roles, we welcome those whose meetings use systems of shared oversight or eldership or who would like to learn more about Quaker ways of caring for one another.
You can work through the material on this course in your own time. We recommend setting aside two to three hours a week.
Each week there will be a range of audio, visual and written materials for you to engage with, and a forum for you to share reflections and ask questions.
This training is open to all Quaker prison chaplains and to all other Quaker chaplains. It is suitable for both new and more experienced chaplains, regardless of how much time they spend on chaplaincy work. It will cover the Quaker basis for prison ministry, finding and developing your ministry, practical issues, building trusting relationships and training and support for your ministry.
This is a weekend for Friends serving in joint or corporate systems of eldership or oversight, or with elements or combinations of these. This course aims to help participants identify how the responsibilities of eldership and oversight are met in their meetings, and to share good practice. We will explore pastoral care and spiritual nurture within worshipping communities and consider practical issues. We hope everyone will leave with new skills and insights, feeling more confident about their part in eldership and oversight in their meeting.
This course is aimed at Friends who have served as clerks for at least two years, whether of a local meeting, area meeting or another group. We will consider topics such as how to educate your meeting better about Quaker decision making processes, the use of elders in business meetings and handing over to the next clerk. Please come ready to share successes and things that haven’t gone so well in your clerking.
An opportunity for sharing, supporting and developing your ministry. Whether you are considering or starting chaplaincy work or you have years of experience, at this weekend you will be able to reflect on your work, share your experiences, ideas and insights, and come away refreshed. Are you a Quaker chaplain in hospital, prison, school or university or in any other work or community setting? Come for renewal and to discover ways to develop your chaplaincy role.
Some parts of the weekend will be filmed as resources for a future online course
This course will help those with responsibility for eldership in Quaker meetings explore the gifts they bring to this role. The value of the course lies in the opportunity to share, at a deep level, experiences, joys and challenges with others who have been involved in eldership and those just starting out. Time will be given to considering the spiritual basis of our work, how we can work together with Friends offering oversight in our meetings and how we can build community.,br>_This course focuses on eldership in Britain Yearly Meeting but may also be of interest to Friends from other Yearly Meetings._
This course will help those with responsibility for oversight in Quaker meetings explore the gifts they bring to this role. The value of the course lies in the opportunity to share, at a deep level, experiences, joys and challenges with others who have been involved in oversight and those just starting out. Time will be given to considering the spiritual basis of our work, how we can work together with Friends offering eldership in our meetings and how we can build community.
_This course focuses on oversight in Britain Yearly Meeting but may also be of interest to Friends from other Yearly Meetings._
Nominations is a struggle for many meetings, and it's not always clear why Quakers use the nominations process. This course will explore the underlying principles, share ideas about different ways in which nominations work can be done, and address the challenges of particular situations such as the circumstances of small meetings. Anyone with a role which involves or connects to nominations, or an interest in the general topic, is welcome. Together we can build a nominations process for the future.
An event for members of Quaker nominations committees. How can we 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. We will include the practical aspects of being 'on nominations'. Friends can expect a renewed insight into the potential of nominations to strengthen meetings and enabling them to flourish.
This course for Area Meeting treasurers will show how to produce collated area meeting accounts that meet the requirements of the Charity Commission and OSCR. Participants will be guided through practical exercises to illustrate the stages of the work. We will look at ways of presenting information that will engage Friends' interest and promote their understanding of Quaker finances at the area and local level.
An opportunity for Area Meeting Children and Young People’s Work Advocates and those who support them to meet, share and learn together. Details about this role can be found at www.quaker.org.uk/our-organisation/quaker-roles/cyp-work-advocates. Over the weekend we will explore common issues affecting the advocacy of Quaker children and young people’s work. On the Saturday we will link up with the Quaker Youth Work conference that takes place at Woodbrooke, to help build relationships and networks.
This conference is being jointly organised by Woodbrooke and Quaker Life and will be an opportunity for all serving area meeting clerks to come together for learning and to share experience of current practices. There will be speaker sessions, group discussions and workshops covering a wide range of relevant topics. All area meetings will receive a formal invitation to the conference in early 2018.
Particularly suitable for new/less experienced Area Meeting trustees; it may also be of interest to anyone wanting a refresher. We will be factual and practical. 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? We aim to provide easy-to-understand information and enjoyable learning, to make trusteeship approachable and rewarding.