History & Theology

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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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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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: 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…

£54.00
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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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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…

£15.00
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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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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…

£54.00
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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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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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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,”…

£54.00
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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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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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