Benjamin Wood is a Woodbrooke Associate Tutor, a visiting researcher at the Centre of Religion and Public (University of Leeds). He has previously taught Theology…
The Shared Quaker Story: spirit, community and scripture
3 April - 8 May
The live Zoom sessions are every Wednesday at 19:00-21:00 (UK time)
In this course, Benjamin Wood will draw on material from his recent book Living Fountain: Remembrances of Quaker Christianity, to explore how Liberal Quakers can honour their uniquely Christian roots, while still valuing diversity of belief and language.
British Quakers are increasingly divided over matters of theology, belonging, and the status of Friends’ Christian past. Unlike earlier decades, many contemporary Quakers hanker after a community unhampered by Christian theology. What might Friends be missing by re-imagining Quakerism in such post-Christian terms? This course argues for the loving retrieval of Christian language, as a way of strengthening our sense of shared community and deepening our spiritual experience. In an effort to envision this practice of recovery we consider:
The contemporary status of Christianity within UK Quaker communities
- The Quaker vision of God
- The Quaker interpretation of Jesus
- The Quaker approach to salvation
The goal of these explorations is to uncover a dynamic vision of Quaker Christianity, one committed to universal healing, reconciliation, and the crossing of religious and cultural boundaries.
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.