History & Theology

Handmaidens of the Lord: Exploring the Writings of Early Quaker Women

1st April 2021 - 30th April 2021

One of the most striking features of the early Quaker movement was the active contribution of women as writers and preachers within what was a rigidly patriarchal society. In this course, we will explore the lives, and writings of a number of important early Quaker women. These will include Margaret Fell, Martha Simmonds, Hannah Stranger,…

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‘That Your Love May Overflow’: Paul’s letter to the Philippians

12th April 2021 - 9th May 2021

This is a letter of encouragement. You know the gift of life you have received, says Paul, now live it to the full. ‘Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, pure, pleasing, commendable, if there is any excellence, anything worth of praise, think on these things. … Rejoice!’ Challenging theology and practical counsel…

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Resisting the Evils of the Religion of Empire: liberating spirituality

14th April 2021 - 19th May 2021

Whose side is God on? What does God say about empire, especially when Empire uses God to justify so much of what it does? In our day, “religion” has often been taken as a negative or limiting connotation because of these connections between “God” and empire. Can Friends find new ways of talking about religion,…

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Researching Quakers: Friends in World War One

14th April 2021 - 14th April 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This is the second of five sessions running throughout 2021 on the processes of academic Quaker research and some of its most recent findings. This standalone session will talk about the various sources used to research and follow up the people (sometimes ancestors) being written about, which range from Quaker and war records to Local…

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Radical Spirituality: the Early History of the Quakers

26th April 2021 - 16th May 2021

When you think of the Quakers, it might bring to mind porridge oats, or pacifism, or perhaps prison reform. But there is much much more to the Quakers than any of these things. Through this course, we will be finding out about what lies at the heart of Quaker beginnings, who its main characters were,…

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Quaker Studies Conference

17th May 2021 - 20th May 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The annual conference of the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies (CRQS) and the Quaker Studies Research Association (QSRA). Postgraduate work at Woodbrooke is now twenty two years old this year and this is the 26th annual Quaker Studies Conference. The theme for 2021 is ‘Reunion, Renewal and Schism.’  Come and join us to listen…

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Jews and Quakers Conference: On Privilege and Prejudice

25th May 2021 - 29th June 2021

Religious prejudice and privilege manifest in multiple ways in our society and our lives. Antisemitism is still common, and Quakers are not immune from it. Historically, some Quakers experienced brief periods of persecution, but most now experience the privileges of the majority Christian culture. Both Jewish and Quaker identities are intersectional, only one aspect of…

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The George Richardson Lecture: Tolstoy or Kierkegaard? Dilemmas of Quaker Biblical Interpretation

2nd June 2021 - 2nd June 2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The eminent critic George Steiner entitled his first book Tolstoy or Dostoevsky. In it he explores the fundamental differences between these two great writers which contribute to their radically different approaches to interpreting the New Testament. In this lecture, Hugh S. Pyper will draw on Steiner’s insights while substituting for Dostoevsky, a figure whose writings…

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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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