What Happens When We Worship Online?

3 June - 17 June 2024

The live Zoom sessions are every Monday at 19:00-20:30 (UK time)

A painting of a Quaker meeting for worship

Meeting together for worship is at the heart of Quaker life, but the increase in online worship has created new opportunities and raised questions about the future of this treasured practice. What does it mean for our spirituality and our communities?

In this course we will reflect on the essential nature and meaning of Quaker communal worship in the unprogrammed tradition, and consider how meeting online fits or shifts our assumptions. Over the three weeks we will explore:

  • The theology of online worship (asking questions such as ‘Where is the Spirit?’ ‘What is a gathered meeting?’)
  • How online meeting for worship is experienced by different Friends
  • The current and future impact of online worship on Quaker faith, practice and community

This course will help you deepen your understanding and experience of meeting for worship, whether you worship online or in person. Those with responsibility for the quality of worship may also find it helpful for exploring the significance of online worship in your community. We will discuss both blended and fully online meetings for worship.

(Course image: Meeting in silence by John Perkins. Permission for use kindly given to Woodbrooke by John Perkins’ family.)

This course will involve:

DiscussionOnline discussion forumOnline Learning MaterialsSpeakerWritten 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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