Simonne Wood is Woodbrooke’s Programme Coordinator for Worship & Spirituality. She has a background in adult vocational education and academic administration, with a specialism in…
Human Lives, Divine Grace: inspiration from past Friends
29 May - 12 June
The live Zoom sessions are on Wednesdays at 19:00-20:30 (UK time)
Why do Quakers write ‘testimonies to the grace of God’ in the lives of Friends who have died? What can the living learn from them? How would we write our own? Join us to explore the richness of these unique records and reflect on our own lives.
Quaker Faith and Practice tells us that “a testimony should not be a formal obituary or eulogy, but should record in thankfulness the power of divine grace in human life” (QF&P, 4.27). In this three-week course, we will consider why Quakers from earliest times to the present day have thought it important to write testimonies about deceased Friends. We will also look at a variety of different testimonies to see how ‘divine grace’ has been recognised and described.
From this starting point, we will explore ways of noticing and acknowledging the movement of the Spirit in our own lives and experiment with recording it for ourselves, either in words or another form of creative expression.
This course will involve:
On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Automated Zoom closed captions are available for all live sessions but if you feel you require more accurate closed captioning please email us directly in addition to booking.