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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.
As an icon painter I never stop looking for a language that expresses the experience of the soul. For me, this is the most honest way of communicating my spiritual experience. This time at Woodbrooke I would like to invite participants to explore Icon painting as a form of spiritual journey to enable them to find quietness and stillness, and forget about what they left at home.
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.
Transformative movements are made by grassroots change-makers. Building on insights from community organising, this course will support you to make connections with people in your area, listen to their concerns, and turn those relationships into effective campaigns. Leading change is a collective effort. If you can we recommend you join the course in a pair – although you are also welcome on your own. However you come the course, you will leave in equipped to build the foundations of ‘the peaceable kingdom’ beginning in your locality.
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 retreat for those aged 18 – 35 will offer space for spiritual connection, exploration and deepening. With opportunities to explore spiritual practice, including through creativity, contemplation, music, movement and words, it will nourish and encourage us on our journeys. There will be options for extended worship, time alone and time sharing with others. You are invited to come along open to discovery, transformation and the leadings of the Spirit.
Quaker faith and practice are based on the authority of experience. “This I knew experimentally” said George Fox. The course is an opportunity to experience a meditation practice drawn from the writings of early Friends. It can be searching and powerful. We will reflect on the significance of the Light for our lives today, and how we might be helped to access it, including in supportive Light groups. This course aims to deepen the spiritual lives of participants.
By turns passionate and playful, earthy and intelligent. The metaphysical poets used the imagery of the everyday to explore ideas of love, death and faith. Writing in the age of empire and exploration, they offered their readers a new way of seeing the world, breaking the conventions of Elizabethan poetry with a freshness and immediacy rarely equalled in English literature. This course will explore the work of John Donne, Andrew Marvell and George Herbert.
The apocalyptic: revelatory and mysterious, fantastical and political, countercultural and confusing, sensual and disturbing, future and now. This is a tradition that fascinates, encourages and terrifies. Together we will engage with Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts, including the books of Daniel and Revelation. We will also examine the apocalyptic writings of the first Quakers, and consider what an apocalyptic spirituality might look like today.
In cultivating the art of grounding, in body and mind, we will follow a gentle programme of sitting and walking meditation and the graceful moving meditation of Qi Gong. To nourish our stability and nurture a peaceful, open heart, the retreat offers a slowing down, some companionable silence, deep relaxation and the practice of Touching The Earth. We will walk in the beautiful gardens. There is the invitation to take our meals in silence to experience eating as a meditation.
We use hands for so much - practical tasks, writing to friends, holding those we care for, creative work. Sometimes they do what our minds tell them; sometimes they have a wisdom of their own, hidden from us unless we pay attention. The Appleseed approach, of short talks followed by very simple creative activities (which need no artistic skills) and worship sharing, provides a safe environment for exploring this theme. The course is suitable for those with and without previous Appleseed experience.
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.
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._
The resurrection of Jesus was the central early Christianity claim. Unsurprisingly, many people both now and then have difficulty with that idea. What did it mean at the time? What were the relevant Jewish ideas? What did such a claim mean in other contemporary cultures? And, most importantly, what was its significance as a central element of the emerging Christian faith? This careful historical exploration will provide the material for an informed discussion on what it means for us today.
What does discipleship mean for Quakers? Who and what are we following? This course will take you deeper into the roots of Quaker belief and testimony. We will also consider Jesus’ teachings and how they relate to Quakerism today and we will go on to explore what discipleship means in other faith traditions. We will finish by thinking about how our Quaker discipleship translates into positive action in the world.
Our Quaker faith often pushes us to hold unpopular positions, to live on the edge of acceptability. How do we strike the balance between citizen and outlaw? How do we remain faithful in a world that wants us to conform? This retreat will allow us to explore the tensions in our lives between acting as mystic-activists and reconciling voices in a hurting world, and to share strategies for remaining authentic in the everyday, ‘in the world but not of it.’