Spiritual Nurture and Pastoral Care in a Nutshell

Saturday 2 November
10:00-16:00 (UK time)

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A walnut in its shell

In an ever-changing world, what is the call to us as Quakers, in spiritual and pastoral care? If you are new or returning to eldership or pastoral care roles, this day offers an opportunity to consider how to respond to this call within your own context.


During this online day course, we will explore the core of spiritual nurture (eldership) and pastoral care, looking at what it is and why we do it. There will be an invitation to reflect on how our service can stay connected with this core through whatever changes we encounter.

Through individual reflection, whole and small group discussion and case studies, we will cover aspects of roleholding including our gifts, our roles and responsibilities, our community, and our own self-care and support.

This course is facilitated by two tutors with experience of eldership and pastoral care in varied contexts, Helen Chambers and Heather Rowlands. They will be seeking to create a safe space where all can learn from one another how we may find effective means of supporting the needs of our meetings, whatever our systems for doing so.

A Resource Page is available to support this course. The link will be emailed to participants a week in advance, with instructions on pre-reading and tasks. You should allow about 2 hours for these activities. Further resources and information will be made available after the course ends. These can be accessed for up to a month.

This course will involve:

DiscussionOnline Learning MaterialsWritten and visualZoom Session

Accessibility info:

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.

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