History & Theology

Researching Quakers: a fresh look at the history of Quakers and business

16th June 2021 - 16th June 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This is the third of five sessions running throughout 2021 on the processes of academic Quaker research and some of its most recent findings. This session will give an overview of the received wisdom about how early Quakers went into business because they could not join the professions, and offers an alternative theory. Following doctoral…

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How Did Jesus Come to Be Worshipped?

24th June 2021 - 7th July 2021

While there remain important questions about some of the detail of Jesus’ life, there are firm grounds for the reality of a man called Jesus who lived and taught around the sea of Galilee before heading for Jerusalem where he was executed in a manner fit for a slave. Only decades later, Roman documents provide…

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Did the First Christians Have a ‘Meeting for Worship’?

24th June 2021 - 24th June 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Early in the Acts of the Apostles, Luke writes that the early Christians ‘devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.’ While it is likely that Luke knew some of those involved in the earliest days, we do have even earlier accounts of what happened when the…

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Early Quakers in their Own Words: witness

8th August 2021 - 10th September 2021

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

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Finding the Spirit in the Scriptures

10th August 2021 - 10th August 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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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Researching Quakers: romance and reality – the life cycle of a PhD

18th August 2021 - 18th August 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This is the fourth of five sessions running throughout 2021 on the processes of academic Quaker research and some of its most recent findings. This session traces the life cycle of a PhD project from initial idea to successful completion. It looks at the administrative and emotional highs and lows as well as some of…

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Listening to the Light #QListenLight

20th August 2021 - 24th September 2021

Liberal Quaker theology is based on the idea – or perhaps it’s a practice, or both – of paying attention to a Divine voice speaking directly to and within human beings. Variously understood as the Inward Light of Christ, Love, Truth, the Spirit, that of God or good within, and in many other ways, this…

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Quaker Studies Research Gathering

6th September 2021 - 9th September 2021

Researchers working on Quaker history, sociology, theology, and other areas will come together for a four-day period of work, sharing, and mutual support. Each day will include a check-in with the group, opportunities for one-to-one meetings with the tutors, opportunities to meet with librarians and archivists working with the Quaker collections at Haverford and Swarthmore,…

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Quanglicans, Qugans and More: Quakers with multiple religious identities

28th September 2021 - 1st 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…

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