Spiritual Preparation for COP 26

20 July 2021 - 19 October 2021

2021 will see the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 26, come to Glasgow. In preparation and to build a community of witness we invite you to come together in community with others to reflect on what we can do and to nurture our spiritual resilience and resistance to climate breakdown. These sessions will be monthly…

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Exploring the Swarthmore Lecture 2021

13 September 2021 - 27 September 2021
19:00 - 20:30

These three sessions will explore the key themes of the 2021 Swarthmore Lecture: Kinder Ground: Creating Space for Truth by Thomas Penny. You are welcome to book for just one session or come along to all three.

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How do Quakers…?

16 September 2021 - 6 December 2021

A series of sessions answering questions about Quakers and Quaker practice. If you’ve ever wondered why Quakers do a certain thing in a certain way, this is a perfect chance to discuss it with others led by an expert on the topic. These sessions are particularly useful if you’re new to Quakers and want to explore more but they will…

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Quaker Roots in Advices and Queries

20 September 2021 - 29 October 2021

Advices and Queries have been carefully drafted and developed over the years to reflect Quaker insights, concerns and practices. The current version in Quaker Faith and Practice still retains Biblical allusions and references from 17th century Quaker writings. In this course we will look at ten examples. This will enable us to explore the early…

£72.00
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Essentials of Quakerism (September 2021)

21 September 2021 - 18 October 2021

This course, designed particularly for those new to the Quaker way, will introduce the basic and essential elements of Quakerism: the expectation of a transforming encounter with the Divine (however we describe it), the use of a distinctive form of collective worship to nurture that encounter; discernment; and witness – the life that emerges as…

£25.00
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Let Your Life Speak – A Journey to Meet Ourselves

25 September 2021 - 24 October 2021

This retreat provides space and support to listen to the “still, small voice” within and an opportunity to recognise our soul’s purpose and journey. We will use the creative expressions of others and our own responses to consider the question “Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live…

£48.00
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Meditation – Qigong – Deep relaxation: a taster for ‘The Art of Grounding’ course

25 September 2021 - 25 September 2021
10:00 - 11:30

Unfortunately, this session will not be going ahead but there are places still available on the longer course: The Art of Grounding: cultivating a mindful body & an embodied mind – meditation – qigong – deep relaxation. Plus you can receive a £10 discount when you book by entering the coupon code qigong10. If you…

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Radical Listening: putting listening at the heart of witness

27 September 2021 - 24 October 2021

There are so many burning issues we need to address and the pressure to act immediately can be overwhelming. What would happen if we took the time to really listen to those who are most affected by injustice and poverty, to those we disagree with, to each other, to ourselves? This course will look at…

£48.00
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Meeting for Worship for Dance (Sept)

27 September 2021 - 27 September 2021
11:00 - 12:00

In the spirit of adventure and exploration we are offering a chance to embody our responses to what is going on for us at the moment. Live music from Robin Bowles will support and respond to the movement. We will start with a time to warm up our muscles and get our bodies moving, there…

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Exploring the Swarthmore Lecture 2021: kinder ground

27 September 2021 - 27 September 2021
19:00 - 20:30

One of three sessions exploring the key themes of the 2021 Swarthmore Lecture: Kinder Ground: Creating Space for Truth by Thomas Penny Kinder Ground In the polarised cacophony of political and cultural debate people are encouraged to take sides and dig in, placing partisanship above the pursuit of truth. How can Quakers help to create…

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Quanglicans, Qugans and More: Quakers with multiple religious identities

28 September 2021 - 1 November 2021

Many people participate in more than one religious tradition – perhaps moving between traditions over the course of their life and/or engaging in more than one practice or community at once. This possibility is explicitly accepted in Britain Yearly Meeting’s book of discipline, where dual membership with other churches is described positively, and some individual…

£54.00
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Finding the Spirit in the Scriptures (28 Sept)

28 September 2021 - 28 September 2021
19:00 - 20:00

How do we relate to the Bible today? Early Quakers were confident that what they read in the Scriptures would match the openings they were given directly from the Inward Light. Today, liberal Quakers are often less sure. Yet this complex collection of texts has had an incomparable influence on Quakers and the wider culture,…

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Reframing Christian Thought: A Conversation With James Alison

28 September 2021 - 28 September 2021
19:00 - 20:30

In October, the theologian James Alison will be bringing his distinctive approach to a number of biblical and Quaker topics. This standalone evening session will give you a chance to get a taste of his approach. His perspective is clearly shaped by his training as a Catholic priest and theologian but both his pastoral work…

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What Do We Mean By Privilege?

29 September 2021 - 29 September 2021
19:00 - 20:30

The word ‘privilege’ is now being used in different ways – not just to indicate things which are a pleasure to accept, but to suggest some of the unearned benefits individuals may gain as part of their membership of dominant groups. In this session, we will look at white privilege in particular as an example…

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Exploring Jewish New Testament Scholarship

1 October 2021 - 2 December 2021

A recent development in New Testament studies has been the involvement of Jewish scholars. They bring new insights and overturn longstanding Christian assumptions about Jesus’ life and Paul’s ministry. We will focus on the work of four such scholars: Geza Vermes, Amy-Jill Levine, Paula Fredriksen and Adele Reinhartz. Participants will be given an article to…

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Simply Roles

2 October 2021 - 29 November 2021

Have you been approached about taking on a role for your meeting and want to find out more about it? Have you been appointed to a role and want to understand what to expect? Have you always wanted to know how a Quaker role works or how it might be simplified? One of these sessions…

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How is Quaker Trusteeship Grounded in Spirituality?

2 October 2021 - 2 October 2021
09:30 - 11:00

This session is for anyone wishing to know more about Trustees, including those appointed to the role. We will consider what it means to be a Quaker Trustee and how Trustees go about undertaking the role with a focus on spirituality and spiritual grounding. An opportunity to share experiences, hear those of various Quaker Trustees…

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Freeing the Imagination: creative and devotional writing (October)

3 October 2021 - 3 October 2021
14:00 - 17:30

A series of four sessions offering a chance to immerse ourselves in the creative process of writing. The focus is on creative and devotional writing so we will be led by the heart rather than head, as we explore how to use the imagination to help people feel and see the world in new ways….

£20.00
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Quaker Decision-Making Tools: threshing and clearness

4 October 2021 - 14 November 2021

When difficult decisions need to be made, we sometimes need to stop and explore multiple perspectives, gather information, and acknowledge personal and emotional connections as well as community and spiritual aspects to the discernment process. In this course, we will explore Quaker approaches to these situations. Threshing meetings aim to help communities sort the wheat…

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How Does Unprogrammed Quaker Worship Work?

7 October 2021 - 7 October 2021
19:00 - 20:30

In theory, anything can happen in unprogrammed Quaker worship. We listen in silence and God leads us wherever God wants us to go. In practice, meeting for worship can look very similar every week – an hour of silence, into which a few people might offer some careful words. In this session, we’ll explore the…

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Anger Management Through Art

8 October 2021 - 9 October 2021

This short course is for anyone who would like to look at anger issues using art materials (bring your own using any media you prefer or want to try) – those who want to look at their own anger issues, those working with others who are angry, or both. No ability in art is needed….

£36.00
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Reframing Christian Thought: Bringing the Dead to Life

8 October 2021 - 28 October 2021

How do we speak of God without it simply becoming just a projection of our own fears and hopes? What language today can be a catalyst for convincement? What sharp images and metaphors can disrupt the dangerous persistence of business as usual? This course is offered as a contribution to that urgent task. The language…

£48.00
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The Art of Being at Home: A Quakerly introduction to Eco-Theology

11 October 2021 - 14 November 2021

This course explores contemporary eco-theologies and their relevance for Quakers in responding prayerfully and courageously to the climate crisis. Through an exploration of a variety of Christian traditions, including the perspectives of indigenous peoples. we consider the theme of ‘being at home’ in our world. What words and practices do we need to cultivate care…

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Responding to Ecological Crisis: Quaker Spiritual Insights

11 October 2021 - 21 November 2021

Woodbrooke has produced a set of study materials using Quaker spiritual insights to help Friends reflect on, and discern their responses to the developing ecological crisis. This online course will enable you to work through these materials, either for your own personal reflection and discernment, or in preparation for running study sessions in your meeting….

£36.00
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Trinity: Paradox and Possibility

11 October 2021 - 11 October 2021
19:00 - 20:30

What is the Christian idea of the Trinity for? In this taster session we will explore the Trinity, how it is both helpful and difficult, and how it relates to Quakerism. Rhiannon Grant and Mark Russ will share their own thoughts on this complex theological idea. There will be space for your own questions and…

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Encountering the Amish

12 October 2021 - 12 October 2021
16:30 - 18:00

This session, based on recent research conducted through Woodbrooke, gives a full and first-hand illustrated impression of Amish life and how it is changing. The focus will be on women’s lives in particular. The session will provide a fascinating insight into the choices facing one religious group as it tries to maintain its spiritual integrity…

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Researching Quakers: UnPlain Quaker Craft – defying accepted wisdom

13 October 2021 - 13 October 2021
16:00 - 17:00

This is the last of five sessions running throughout 2021 on the processes of academic Quaker research and some of its most recent findings. This session is based on a PhD currently entitled ‘“Women Professing Godliness with Good Works: Quaker Women’s Decorative Arts Before Ackworth and Westtown, 1650-1779’. The focus is on seventeenth-century English needlework…

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Using a Philosophy for Communities facilitation approach – a training course for facilitators

14 October 2021 - 25 November 2021

Philosophy for Communities (P4C) is a way of creating a community of enquiry to think and reason together. It provides a group with a structure to participate in rigorous discussion about questions that matter and a methodology to explore and think about belief, values and ethics. Do we see the world in the same way?…

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Living With More Than One Tradition

18 October 2021 - 21 October 2021

What does it feel like to live with more than one religious tradition in your life, family, or community? Through presentations and facilitated discussions, this gathering will enable people who have personal experience of living in interfaith settings or belonging to more than one religious tradition to come together with academics who research multiple religious…

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Introduction to Peace Education

18 October 2021 - 28 November 2021

A return of the popular six-week course exploring the theory and practice of peace education with the team from Quakers in Britain. Peace education develops the skills, understanding, culture and systems we all need to be peace builders. It is multi-layered, from the personal to the global. It’s not only about alternatives violence, but how…

£36.00
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How Does Quaker Membership Work?

20 October 2021 - 20 October 2021
19:30 - 21:00

One way to belong to a Quaker community is by being a member. Membership brings with it particular joys and responsibilities. This session will offer an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of membership both to individual Quakers and Quaker communities, as well as giving an overview of the Quaker membership process. All Quakers –…

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Bible Study for Quakers

22 October 2021 - 24 October 2021

Approaching the Bible for the first time, it can be difficult to know where to start. For Quakers who grew up in another church, it may not be obvious how Quakers use the Bible. This course will help you to find your way around the Bible and understand the distinctive Quaker approach to scripture. You…

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Silas Marner by Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot): Moving from despair to renewal

22 October 2021 - 2 December 2021

The development of spirituality is generally recognised as requiring some sort of practice or discipline in order to make ‘progress’ to connect to a deeper sense of purpose in order to sustain a new vision of the future. In this course we will explore desolation, isolation and consolation through the novel Silas Marner by Mary…

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Quaker Nominations

22 October 2021 - 2 December 2021

This six week online course is for anyone involved in Quaker nominations. We will aim to root ourselves in good practices of discernment whilst responding to the particular issues that face us. Nominations are at the quiet heart of the way we live together as Friends, when we listen faithfully to the Spirit. By taking…

£115.00
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Meeting for Worship for Dance (Oct)

22 October 2021 - 22 October 2021
14:00 - 15:00

In the spirit of adventure and exploration we are offering a chance to embody our responses to what is going on for us at the moment. Live music from Robin Bowles will support and respond to the movement. We will start with a time to warm up our muscles and get our bodies moving, there…

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The Art of Grounding: cultivating a mindful body & an embodied mind – meditation – qigong – deep relaxation

23 October 2021 - 13 November 2021

Becoming grounded and calm can help us to touch peace and stability in our life. Mindfulness of our body and our mind is the art of cultivating balance, harmony, compassion and peace within ourselves. The course offers stillness and movement, sitting meditation, and the gentle, graceful movements of qigong. There will be the opportunity to…

£60.00
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Being a Quaker Clerk – a course for Friends from around the world

25 October 2021 - 5 December 2021

This course is an opportunity for Quaker clerks around the world to learn together. We will consider the clerk’s role before, during and after a Meeting for Worship for Business and look at the differing styles of clerking around the Quaker world. The course is for all clerks whether you are clerking at a local,…

£25.00
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Quakers and the Bible: Seeing ourselves ‘as in a looking-glass’

26 October 2021 - 26 October 2021
19:00 - 20:30

This live session will explore how early Quakers understood and used the Bible. We will look at their contemplative and empathetic approach to Scripture, and consider how Bible passages were interpreted as metaphors for the inward life. Does this point us to useful ways of engaging with the Bible as a community today? All times…

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The Liturgies of Quakerism: the changing nature of Quaker worship

27 October 2021 - 28 November 2021

How are we to understand the silence of Quaker worship? It is often seen in opposition to more traditional church forms or liturgies but traditionally it incorporates all of the elements of Christian worship in a radically alternative way. This course looks at the early theological understandings of worship and how it fitted with the…

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Why do Quakers care about Climate Crisis & Climate Justice?

27 October 2021 - 27 October 2021
19:30 - 21:00

This panel discussion between Quaker Historians and Quaker activists will serve as an introduction to Why Quakers care about climate justice. We will be looking back at past Quaker writings and actions, into present day endeavours and ministry from the UK and around the world to help Friends gain a clearer idea of the work…

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How Can We Welcome Newcomers to Our Quaker Meetings?

28 October 2021 - 28 October 2021
19:30 - 21:00

Does your local meeting or other Quaker community have people who are (relatively) new to the Quaker way? Do you want to welcome and support people better when they are exploring Quakerism? In this session we will look at ways to help people learn about Quakers and our tradition. This will include how we welcome…

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Spiritual Practices for Everyday

30 October 2021 - 26 November 2021

The Quaker tradition encourages us to make space every day to be spiritually present. Putting this into practice can be a challenge. We might struggle to find the time in a busy day, or be unsure about where to start, or need the encouragement of others. This course is an opportunity to explore what we…

£68.00
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John: The Quaker Gospel?

1 November 2021 - 10 December 2021

Some have called John’s Gospel ‘The Quaker Gospel’. Others have called it ‘exclusive’, ‘mystical’, ‘Gnostic’, and many other words. In this course we will try to bring the fourth gospel to life for Quakers again, appreciating its poetic beauty and overarching inclusive message, whilst not shying away from the terrible ways in which it has…

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European Quaker Voices

1 November 2021 - 12 December 2021

This is a 6-week online retreat, using devotional and inspirational material by European Quakers. In addition to readings, there will be suggestions for activities and exercises appropriate to a retreat. Participants will share reflections and experiences with each other along the way. The retreat is thus an opportunity for individual and group spiritual development, as…

£36.00
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What Do Quaker Trustees Do?

2 November 2021 - 2 November 2021
19:00 - 20:30

This single session is for those who are Trustees or who are open to being one. It covers the distinctive nature of Quaker trusteeship and will outline what the responsibilities of being a Trustee are and what they are not. There will be time for discussion and questions. All times given are UK time.

£10.00
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Meeting for Worship for COP26 (1)

4 November 2021 - 4 November 2021
19:00 - 20:15

The 26th Annual Conference of the Parties (COP26) is the next yearly opportunity for the almost 200 governments who have committed to tackling the climate crisis to come together and make decisions on plans and policies going forward. We are holding two Meetings for Worship while COP is being held, to uphold all those taking…

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Quaker Conciliation: helping heal the world’s wounds

8 November 2021 - 16 January 2022

Woodbrooke and Quaker Peace and Social Witness working in partnership. Are you interested in continuing the historic and contemporary Quaker contribution to a peaceful world through conciliation work? If invited, British Quakers want to have a pool of people ready to respond. This course is not offering training for professional conciliation. It aims to provide…

£30.00
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Values are the New Religion

8 November 2021 - 5 December 2021

What is happening to religion in the global north? Some believe it is on its way out, others claim that personal spirituality is taking over from organised religion. And where does Quakerism fit into this picture? This course is based on the 2021 Cadbury Lectures delivered by Linda Woodhead from Lancaster University on how values…

£48.00
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How Does Pastoral Care Work in Quaker Meetings?

9 November 2021 - 9 November 2021
10:00 - 11:30

What are the pastoral needs that occur within a Meeting and how can we ensure that these are met? There are many different ways that Meetings ensure that their community is cared for, supported and a safe space for all. We will be sharing examples and hearing how everyone can be part of building a…

£10.00
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Meeting for Worship for COP26 (2)

9 November 2021 - 9 November 2021
19:00 - 20:15

The 26th Annual Conference of the Parties (COP26) is the next yearly opportunity for the almost 200 governments who have committed to tackling the climate crisis to come together and make decisions on plans and policies going forward. We are holding two Meetings for Worship while COP is being held, to uphold all those taking…

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Friends Quarterly Conversations: Truth Decay

10 November 2021 - 10 November 2021
19:00 - 20:00

A chance to dive deeper into Friends Quarterly by hearing from the authors an author in conversation with the editors. This session is linked to issue number four 2021 that explores issues of Truth. Speaker to be confirmed. Gill and Olivia will ask some initial questions and then the conversation will be directed by questions…

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Meeting for Worship for Dance (Nov)

11 November 2021 - 11 November 2021
19:00 - 20:00

In the spirit of adventure and exploration we are offering a chance to embody our responses to what is going on for us at the moment. Live music from Robin Bowles will support and respond to the movement. We will start with a time to warm up our muscles and get our bodies moving, there…

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Enquiring Into Faith During The Climate Crisis

11 November 2021 - 11 November 2021
19:00 - 21:00

Would you like to talk with other Quakers to explore your thinking about faith during the climate crisis in a respectful and rigorous way? In this session we will form a community of enquiry to provide the opportunity for dialogue and discussion that enable different views to be heard. This is one of a bi-monthly…

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Quaker Prison Chaplains Conference

12 November 2021 - 14 November 2021
18:30 - 14:00

Developing our Spiritual Practice: Inside and Out Join us at the long-awaited prison chaplains conference. This is a residential event at the Woodbrooke Centre for all Quaker prison chaplains: new and experienced. You can expect a gentle, restorative programme with creative, reflective and energising activities. These will be facilitated by prison chaplains and choices may…

£310.00
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When Should I Speak in Meeting For Worship?

16 November 2021 - 16 November 2021
19:00 - 20:30

Speaking into the silence of unprogrammed meeting for worship can be daunting. There’s the theory, that we speak when we are led to do so, and then there’s the messy reality of working out what’s really a leading and what comes from our own desires. There are the general guidelines about giving spoken ministry (speak…

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The foundations and future of Quaker change-making

17 November 2021 - 8 February 2022

This project will explore change-making and Quaker faith through a series of intergenerational conversations, and will be an opportunity for Friends to get to know Quakers of different ages living in other parts of the world. Friends will share the resources they find in their Quaker faith for sustaining a life of social action.

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How Does the Quaker Business Method Work?

17 November 2021 - 17 November 2021
19:00 - 20:30

Quaker Business Method is cited by many as the reason they became a member of the Religious Society of Friends. Starkly different to more mainstream decision making processes, the Quaker Business Method is unique in the patience and depth of consideration members are required to find. This session will help Friends understand how Quaker Meetings…

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Walking with a smile into the dark

18 November 2021 - 19 November 2021

“But there is a deeper, an internal simplification of the whole of one’s personality, stilled, tranquil, in childlike trust listening ever to Eternity’s whisper, walking with a smile into the dark.” Thomas Kelly Accepting that there is much that we do not know and cannot control frees us to walk the path of faith. We…

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Being A Quaker at Work: dilemmas and opportunities

20 November 2021 - 17 December 2021

As Quakers we are called to be ‘patterns and examples’ – what does that entail in today’s workplaces? How can we be Quakers in the places where we spend much of our lives and where we are often the only Quaker? Should we talk about our faith? How can we do that without being seen…

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How Can We Build All Age Communities?

20 November 2021 - 20 November 2021
09:30 - 11:00

Many meetings have a great desire to be all-age accessible communities and there are some who do this very successfully. This session will be an opportunity to hear from meetings who have prospering all-age communities, about how they achieved this. We will share stories of, and hopes for, our worshiping communities, hear about some of…

£10.00
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Essentials of Quakerism (November 2021)

23 November 2021 - 20 December 2021

This course, designed particularly for those new to the Quaker way, will introduce the basic and essential elements of Quakerism: the expectation of a transforming encounter with the Divine (however we describe it), the use of a distinctive form of collective worship to nurture that encounter; discernment; and witness – the life that emerges as…

£25.00
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How Does Quaker Service and Nominations Work?

24 November 2021 - 24 November 2021
19:00 - 20:30

Have you ever wondered how Quaker nominations work? Are you on a nominations committee or have been asked to join one and want to know more? This live discussion session introduces some basic principles underpinning the Quaker nominations process, exploring challenges and opportunities in a creative way. All questions and levels of experience welcome, this…

£10.00
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Spirituality and Creative Practice: making images from music

27 November 2021 - 27 November 2021
14:00 - 16:00

This series of sessions enables people to learn from practising artists about their different creative practices and how they connect to and enrich their spiritual practice. The sessions are interactive, giving participant to try out or explore the creative practice themselves. Do you like listening to music? Are you interested in exploring the connection between…

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Being a Quaker Trustee

29 November 2021 - 23 January 2022

This six-week online course will provide easy-to-understand information and enjoyable learning, to make trusteeship approachable and rewarding. We will be factual and practical, but all we do will be underpinned by the spiritual question of what trusteeship means within Quakers? What does God require of us? What does the law require? What is considered good…

£115.00
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How Does Spiritual Nurture Work in Quaker Meetings?

29 November 2021 - 29 November 2021
19:00 - 20:30

Elders have a particular responsibility for the spiritual health of the Meeting, but everyone is invited to support and uphold our spiritual life. What particular responsibilities do Elders hold, and how do Meetings nurture their spiritual life? This session will combine the theory as well as ideas for good practice. All times given are UK…

£10.00
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Exploring Quaker Membership

3 December 2021 - 4 December 2021

What is Quaker membership? How do I apply and what will happen? The course gives an opportunity to explore the meaning of membership and belonging, and to share with others at a similar stage in their journey with Quakers. We will look at the practical aspects of applying for membership, and the rewards and responsibilities…

£40.00
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Life Reflections

5 December 2021 - 5 December 2021
14:00 - 15:30

Who are you? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? And how do you get there? In this session, you will learn tools and practice for self discovery and choosing the next steps in the Adventure that is your Life. This is an interactive, participatory workshop for learning from one’s…

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How Do Quakers Make Decisions?

6 December 2021 - 6 December 2021
19:00 - 20:30

The Quaker decision-making method brings together unprogrammed worship based on silence with the need to make informed decisions which have the support of the community. It is both distinctive and flexible, being used by large and small groups, to discern spiritual and practical questions. And it can be difficult to understand. How does a group…

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An Introduction to the Enneagram

7 December 2021 - 9 December 2021

The Enneagram is a tool for compassion and self-awareness. This course will teach you what the Enneagram is, how to better understand yourself based on what motivates you most, and how to start working with that knowledge. Finding your core motivation will help you to notice what is helping or hindering you in your personal…

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Meeting for Worship for Dance (Dec)

14 December 2021 - 14 December 2021
09:00 - 10:00

In the spirit of adventure and exploration we are offering a chance to embody our responses to what is going on for us at the moment. Live music from Robin Bowles will support and respond to the movement. We will start with a time to warm up our muscles and get our bodies moving, there…

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Reflecting on COP26: reviewing and looking forward

14 December 2021 - 14 December 2021
19:00 - 21:00

An opportunity for everyone who has was involved in actions, campaigning and events around COP26 to reflect on how it went, share learning and consider what they might do going forward. We will share the highs and lows, the smiles and the tears and support each other to carry on the work of bringing about…

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Finding the Spirit in the Scriptures (December)

15 December 2021 - 15 December 2021
19:00 - 20:00

How do we relate to the Bible today? Early Quakers were confident that what they read in the Scriptures would match the openings they were given directly from the Inward Light. Today, liberal Quakers are often less sure. Yet this complex collection of texts has had an incomparable influence on Quakers and the wider culture,…

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The Labyrinth: A Path to Conscious Ageing

28 December 2021 - 28 December 2021
09:00 - 11:00

The labyrinth provides a space for reflection on the flow of a lifetime as we move and live into the third phase of life. Many of us are living longer than our parents and grandparents. What do we want this part of life to look like? How can we live rich, joyful, meaningful, and creative…

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Spiritual Nurture and Pastoral Care in Quaker Meetings

4 January 2022 - 17 February 2022

This six-week online course will help all those responsible for eldership, oversight, pastoral care and similar roles to gain understanding and confidence – whatever the system in their meeting. We will explore how we can provide pastoral care and spiritual nurture in Quaker meetings as well as looking at worship, community, caring and leadership. Live…

£115.00
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Galatians: Paul’s Gospel of Liberation

6 January 2022 - 2 February 2022

‘For freedom Christ has set us free’. This strange phrase is the heart of Paul’s teaching in this letter. The liberation you experienced is meant to continue to guide the whole of your life. This is Paul’s most radical expression of how the experience of the Spirit can transform how people think of themselves and…

£54.00
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Spirituality and Creative Practice: Walking with Words

8 January 2022 - 8 January 2022
14:00 - 16:00

This series of sessions enables people to learn from practising artists about their different creative practices and how they connect to and enrich their spiritual practice. The sessions are interactive, giving participant to try out or explore the creative practice themselves. This session is about how we can use creative writing to explore moments or…

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Jesus Against Empire: Solidarity, Liberation, and the Poor in the time of Jesus

10 January 2022 - 6 February 2022

Jesus is many things to many people. For some, he is the Lord of the Cosmos, for others, he was a good teacher, while others see his life as a hoax. However, these associations stem from our current assumptions and lenses as they have to do with religion and the church, our experiences with “Christianity,”…

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A Foundation in Nonviolent Communication

10 January 2022 - 20 February 2022

In Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as developed by Dr Marshall B Rosenberg, the emphasis is on deep listening, to ourselves as well as others, and through that we can discover the depth of our own compassion. NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity and a concrete set…

£86.00
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Tools for Re-finding Connection at a Time of Polarisation

12 January 2022 - 22 February 2022

We seem to live in a time of exceptional division and polarisation: around attitudes to the earth, climate change, migration, economic systems, politics, Brexit, Covid-19. Fundamentally not agreeing on issues that are important to us with friends, family members, neighbours or colleagues can cause us deep pain and a sense of separateness and loss. At…

£60.00
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Talking Philosophy

13 January 2022 - 27 February 2022

We will discuss topics central to philosophy (knowledge, mind and body, and free-will) and engage philosophically with topics of very general interest (sex, war, and death). We will take as our starting point Thomas Nagel’s very clear introduction “What Does It All Mean?”. Other short readings of interest to Quakers will be available, avoiding dry…

£60.00
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Enquiring Into Ideas of Belonging and Accountability in Community

13 January 2022 - 13 January 2022
19:00 - 21:00

Would you like to explore your thinking about how we belong to and are accountable in Quaker communities in a respectful and rigorous way? In this session we will form a community of enquiry to provide the opportunity for dialogue and discussion that enable different views to be heard. This is one of a bi-monthly…

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A Light in the Darkness

15 January 2022 - 15 January 2022
10:00 - 16:00

A day of reflection and contemplation on what gives us hope and sustenance in the light and in the dark. The day will combine poetry, music and readings from the Bible and Quaker texts with individual reflection and worship sharing. It will be an opportunity to retreat from the world for a while with the…

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Praying With Our Minds

17 January 2022 - 13 February 2022

Prayer should involve our whole selves. In this course we will practice praying with our minds. We will ask questions about the existence and nature of the divine, not in order to find final answers but in order to strengthen our connection with God: the I-Thou relationship with the mysterious beloved. Accepting that there is…

£48.00
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Early Quakers in their Own Words: Spirituality

17 January 2022 - 27 February 2022

In this course, we will engage at a deep level with several short passages written by early Friends that express something essential about their spirituality and personal experience. This will help us to understand these Friends better and consider what their words mean for us today. Some of the words are very well-known and others…

£72.00
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Quakers, Hope and the Jesus Story

22 January 2022 - 29 January 2022

What is the Quaker hope? Through a series of talks and opportunities for questions and discussion, Mark will offer a vision of Quaker hope that springs from the Jesus story. This will involve exploring the relationship between hope and narrative, and how Quakerism has gradually lost a sense of being part of a unifying story….

£65.00
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Caring: a retreat

24 January 2022 - 27 January 2022

Starting from the story of the Good Samaritan this retreat invites participants to reflect on, and work with, three aspects of caring: caring for oneself, caring about and caring for, as well as the perspective of the one cared for. On the second day we will focus on how we can care for ourselves; on…

£48.00
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Gender Diversity: A Quaker Approach

18 February 2022 - 20 February 2022

In recent years we may have become more aware of transgender people – in our meetings we may encounter a transgender newcomer seeking a spiritual home, a longstanding Friend may ‘come out’, or we might have a relative who is trans or non-binary. Quakers in Britain have stated that they ‘acknowledge and affirm the trans…

£30.00
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Enquiring Into Ideas Of Belonging And Diversity In Culture

10 March 2022 - 10 March 2022
19:00 - 21:00

What is your experience of fitting in or feeling different? Would you like to talk more about how Quaker communities interact with dominant social and cultural structures? In this session we will form a community of enquiry to provide the opportunity for dialogue and discussion that enable different views to be heard. This is one…

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