History & Theology

Reframing Christian Thought: Bringing the Dead to Life

8 October 2021 - 28 October 2021
00:00 - 00:00

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
00:00 - 00:00

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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The Liturgies of Quakerism: the changing nature of Quaker worship

27 October 2021 - 28 November 2021
00:00 - 00:00

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

10 January 2022 - 6 February 2022
00:00 - 00:00

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
00:00 - 00:00

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
00:00 - 00:00

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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