Exploring Quakerism

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

£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 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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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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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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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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