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    A Friendly Introduction to Membership

    What is Quaker membership? How do I apply and what will happen? The weekend 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.

    Walking with a Smile into the Dark

    "But there is a deeper, an internal simplification of the whole of one's personality, stilled, tranquil, in childlike trust listening ever to Eternity's whisper, walking with a smile into the dark." Thomas Kelly
    Accepting that there is much that we do not know and cannot control frees us to walk the path of faith. We will use this weekend to explore alone and together how we can let go of what blocks us and be more open to the guidance of the Spirit.

    Woodbrooke and the Community of Interbeing: a joint event

    For many years, Woodbrooke has hosted retreats and weekends which have focused on the Zen teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh. On this weekend we will follow a programme where Zen and Quaker practice are deliberately brought together in a balanced way so that we can see what we can learn from each other. There will be time for silent meditation and worship together but also an opportunity to learn more about how we make decisions and act in the world.

    Dances of Universal Peace: dancing into the New Year with faith & joy

    “Fall into your heart”, holding hands, honouring various religions / spiritual traditions, moving and chanting in a circle. Simple words, simple movements, attuning to love, harmony and beauty: dancing inter-faith. A joyful and powerful experience of oneness, freeing the voice. We move, breathe and sing together, holding hands - like one organism, like a cell in the body, remembering being part of something much bigger than the small self. No singing or dancing experience is required.

    Clearing the Way

    The New Year is a good time to reflect on who we are, what we feel called to do, and what gets in the way. We will explore the nature of the clutter that distracts from our life’s purpose and consider how to create space in our minds and hearts as well as in our living rooms.

    Exploring Oversight

    This course will help those with responsibility for Oversight in Quaker meetings gain a better understanding of the role and the confidence to do it. What does the role involve? What is expected? What is the spiritual basis of oversight? How can overseers respond to and meet the pastoral needs of the meeting? We will look at the range of tasks, share good practice and explore ways of handling difficult issues as well as looking at practical ideas and useful resources.
    This course focuses on oversight in Britain Yearly Meeting but may also be of interest to Friends from other Yearly Meetings.

    Exploring Eldership

    This course will help those with responsibility for Eldership in Quaker meetings gain a better understanding of the role and the confidence to do it. What does the role involve? What is the spiritual basis of eldership? How can elders respond to and nurture the spiritual life of the meeting? Participants will have the opportunity to explore the role and share experiences with others as well as looking at practical ideas and resources that will be of help.
    This course focuses on eldership in Britain Yearly Meeting but may also be of interest to Friends from other Yearly Meetings.

    Our Life is Love: the Quaker spiritual journey

    The spiritual journey experienced by Friends transforms those who undertake it and the world around them. We’ll explore elements of that journey, as experienced by early Friends and Quakers in our time. We’ll also support one another in our next steps in faithfulness. Our time will include video presentations and live conversations with Marcelle, discussion of brief passages by early Friends, worship, storytelling, personal sharing, and listening for God's call to us now. The weekend will be co-facilitated by Alex Wildwood.

    Open to Wonder: our living response to ‘The Human One’

    A contemporary translation of the gospel phrase ‘Son of Man’ is ‘The Human One’. Drawing on the stories told in the gospels and on the personal experience of those gathered, using creative and imaginative responses, we will seek to deepen spiritual life and inspire more faithful discipleship. This course presumes no previous knowledge, requiring only an open heart and mind and a willingness to engage at depth with the healing presence of that eternal Spirit which permeates the gospels.

    Being a Quaker Clerk

    This course is for new or prospective clerks with little or no experience of Quaker clerking. We will focus on clerking local meetings but clerks of other meetings or committees will also find they can learn much about their role. There will be practical sessions including planning agendas, drafting minutes and discipline in the meeting.  We will also consider other responsibilities that come with being a clerk. Participants will learn from each other as well as from the leaders.