Peace & Social Justice

Exploring the Swarthmore Lecture 2021: what canst thou say?

20 September 2021 - 20 September 2021
19:00 - 20:30

One of three sessions exploring the key themes of the 2021 Swarthmore Lecture: Kinder Ground: Creating Space for Truth by Thomas Penny What Canst Thou Say? “Let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37). As we seek to witness to our Testimony to Truth…

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Radical Listening: putting listening at the heart of witness

27 September 2021 - 24 October 2021

There are so many burning issues we need to address and the pressure to act immediately can be overwhelming. What would happen if we took the time to really listen to those who are most affected by injustice and poverty, to those we disagree with, to each other, to ourselves? This course will look at…

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Exploring the Swarthmore Lecture 2021: kinder ground

27 September 2021 - 27 September 2021
19:00 - 20:30

One of three sessions exploring the key themes of the 2021 Swarthmore Lecture: Kinder Ground: Creating Space for Truth by Thomas Penny Kinder Ground In the polarised cacophony of political and cultural debate people are encouraged to take sides and dig in, placing partisanship above the pursuit of truth. How can Quakers help to create…

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What Do We Mean By Privilege?

29 September 2021 - 29 September 2021
19:00 - 20:30

The word ‘privilege’ is now being used in different ways – not just to indicate things which are a pleasure to accept, but to suggest some of the unearned benefits individuals may gain as part of their membership of dominant groups. In this session, we will look at white privilege in particular as an example…

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Introduction to Peace Education

18 October 2021 - 28 November 2021

A return of the popular six-week course exploring the theory and practice of peace education with the team from Quakers in Britain. Peace education develops the skills, understanding, culture and systems we all need to be peace builders. It is multi-layered, from the personal to the global. It’s not only about alternatives violence, but how…

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Addressing Racism and Colonialism in Quaker Peace & Service work – follow up session

4 November 2021 - 4 November 2021
19:00 - 21:00

This is an opportunity to share how you are progressing in addressing racism and colonialism in your organisation, group, and Quaker peace and service work, and hear about the work of others. Woodbrooke will share progress on resources they are developing. It will be a reminder of our commitment to this work and a space…

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Quaker Conciliation: helping heal the world’s wounds

8 November 2021 - 16 January 2022

Woodbrooke and Quaker Peace and Social Witness working in partnership. Are you interested in continuing the historic and contemporary Quaker contribution to a peaceful world through conciliation work? If invited, British Quakers want to have a pool of people ready to respond. This course is not offering training for professional conciliation. It aims to provide…

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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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The foundations and future of Quaker change-making

17 November 2021 - 8 February 2022

This project will explore change-making and Quaker faith through a series of intergenerational conversations, and will be an opportunity for Friends to get to know Quakers of different ages living in other parts of the world. Friends will share the resources they find in their Quaker faith for sustaining a life of social action.

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Being A Quaker at Work: dilemmas and opportunities

20 November 2021 - 17 December 2021

As Quakers we are called to be ‘patterns and examples’ – what does that entail in today’s workplaces? How can we be Quakers in the places where we spend much of our lives and where we are often the only Quaker? Should we talk about our faith? How can we do that without being seen…

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A Foundation in Nonviolent Communication

10 January 2022 - 20 February 2022

In Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as developed by Dr Marshall B Rosenberg, the emphasis is on deep listening, to ourselves as well as others, and through that we can discover the depth of our own compassion. NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity and a concrete set…

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Tools for Re-finding Connection at a Time of Polarisation

12 January 2022 - 22 February 2022

We seem to live in a time of exceptional division and polarisation: around attitudes to the earth, climate change, migration, economic systems, politics, Brexit, Covid-19. Fundamentally not agreeing on issues that are important to us with friends, family members, neighbours or colleagues can cause us deep pain and a sense of separateness and loss. At…

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