Windy Cooler, assistant clerk of Sandy Spring Meeting, describes herself as a practical theologian, public minister, good Quaker pirate, and cultural worker. She has been…
Tackling Taboo: discerning difficult topics
12 June - 17 July 2024
The live Zoom sessions are every Wednesday at 18:30-20:00 (UK time)
Are there topics your local meeting cannot talk about in the open or cannot discern a response to? Do you feel stuck by conflict avoidance or invisible seeming blocks to Truth? If so, your experience has much in common with many others.
This course is drawn from Windy’s experience with using a creative new model for corporate discernment to address important, but taboo, experiences with tenderness and wisdom.
We might be concerned with talking about taboo or hard things and avoid them, fearing we don’t have the skills to engage with tenderness and wisdom. This avoidance is causing ruptures in our communities where important experiences cannot be addressed.
The course offers a model of corporate sharing and listening that is based on both traditional Quaker clearness process and on ethnographic technique, moving from the individual’s personal clarity to the clarity of the community in circles of accompaniment.
In this course we will explore and seek to understand this method, using a mix of presentations, sharing, small group work and reflective activities.
There will be some material to look at before the first session. We will email you around one week prior to the course with information about accessing the course, including this material, on our online learning platform (Moodle).
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.