Supporting Quaker communities

Simply Roles

2 October 2021 - 29 November 2021

Have you been approached about taking on a role for your meeting and want to find out more about it? Have you been appointed to a role and want to understand what to expect? Have you always wanted to know how a Quaker role works or how it might be simplified? One of these sessions…

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How is Quaker Trusteeship Grounded in Spirituality?

2 October 2021 - 2 October 2021
09:30 - 11:00

This session is for anyone wishing to know more about Trustees, including those appointed to the role. We will consider what it means to be a Quaker Trustee and how Trustees go about undertaking the role with a focus on spirituality and spiritual grounding. An opportunity to share experiences, hear those of various Quaker Trustees…

£10.00
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Quaker Decision-Making Tools: threshing and clearness

4 October 2021 - 14 November 2021

When difficult decisions need to be made, we sometimes need to stop and explore multiple perspectives, gather information, and acknowledge personal and emotional connections as well as community and spiritual aspects to the discernment process. In this course, we will explore Quaker approaches to these situations. Threshing meetings aim to help communities sort the wheat…

£68.00
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How Does Unprogrammed Quaker Worship Work?

7 October 2021 - 7 October 2021
19:00 - 20:30

In theory, anything can happen in unprogrammed Quaker worship. We listen in silence and God leads us wherever God wants us to go. In practice, meeting for worship can look very similar every week – an hour of silence, into which a few people might offer some careful words. In this session, we’ll explore the…

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Using a Philosophy for Communities facilitation approach – a training course for facilitators

14 October 2021 - 25 November 2021

Philosophy for Communities (P4C) is a way of creating a community of enquiry to think and reason together. It provides a group with a structure to participate in rigorous discussion about questions that matter and a methodology to explore and think about belief, values and ethics. Do we see the world in the same way?…

£40.00
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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…

£36.00
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How Does Quaker Membership Work?

20 October 2021 - 20 October 2021
19:30 - 21:00

One way to belong to a Quaker community is by being a member. Membership brings with it particular joys and responsibilities. This session will offer an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of membership both to individual Quakers and Quaker communities, as well as giving an overview of the Quaker membership process. All Quakers –…

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Quaker Nominations

22 October 2021 - 2 December 2021

This six week online course is for anyone involved in Quaker nominations. We will aim to root ourselves in good practices of discernment whilst responding to the particular issues that face us. Nominations are at the quiet heart of the way we live together as Friends, when we listen faithfully to the Spirit. By taking…

£115.00
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Being a Quaker Clerk – a course for Friends from around the world

25 October 2021 - 5 December 2021

This course is an opportunity for Quaker clerks around the world to learn together. We will consider the clerk’s role before, during and after a Meeting for Worship for Business and look at the differing styles of clerking around the Quaker world. The course is for all clerks whether you are clerking at a local,…

£25.00
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How Can We Welcome Newcomers to Our Quaker Meetings?

28 October 2021 - 28 October 2021
19:30 - 21:00

Does your local meeting or other Quaker community have people who are (relatively) new to the Quaker way? Do you want to welcome and support people better when they are exploring Quakerism? In this session we will look at ways to help people learn about Quakers and our tradition. This will include how we welcome…

£10.00
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What Do Quaker Trustees Do?

2 November 2021 - 2 November 2021
19:00 - 20:30

This single session is for those who are Trustees or who are open to being one. It covers the distinctive nature of Quaker trusteeship and will outline what the responsibilities of being a Trustee are and what they are not. There will be time for discussion and questions. All times given are UK time.

£10.00
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How Does Pastoral Care Work in Quaker Meetings?

9 November 2021 - 9 November 2021
10:00 - 11:30

What are the pastoral needs that occur within a Meeting and how can we ensure that these are met? There are many different ways that Meetings ensure that their community is cared for, supported and a safe space for all. We will be sharing examples and hearing how everyone can be part of building a…

£10.00
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Enquiring Into Faith During The Climate Crisis

11 November 2021 - 11 November 2021
19:00 - 21:00

Would you like to talk with other Quakers to explore your thinking about faith during the climate crisis in a respectful and rigorous way? In this session we will form a community of enquiry to provide the opportunity for dialogue and discussion that enable different views to be heard. This is one of a bi-monthly…

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Quaker Prison Chaplains Conference

12 November 2021 - 14 November 2021
18:30 - 14:00

Developing our Spiritual Practice: Inside and Out Join us at the long-awaited prison chaplains conference. This is a residential event at the Woodbrooke Centre for all Quaker prison chaplains: new and experienced. You can expect a gentle, restorative programme with creative, reflective and energising activities. These will be facilitated by prison chaplains and choices may…

£310.00
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When Should I Speak in Meeting For Worship?

16 November 2021 - 16 November 2021
19:00 - 20:30

Speaking into the silence of unprogrammed meeting for worship can be daunting. There’s the theory, that we speak when we are led to do so, and then there’s the messy reality of working out what’s really a leading and what comes from our own desires. There are the general guidelines about giving spoken ministry (speak…

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How Does the Quaker Business Method Work?

17 November 2021 - 17 November 2021
19:00 - 20:30

Quaker Business Method is cited by many as the reason they became a member of the Religious Society of Friends. Starkly different to more mainstream decision making processes, the Quaker Business Method is unique in the patience and depth of consideration members are required to find. This session will help Friends understand how Quaker Meetings…

£10.00
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How Can We Build All Age Communities?

20 November 2021 - 20 November 2021
09:30 - 11:00

Many meetings have a great desire to be all-age accessible communities and there are some who do this very successfully. This session will be an opportunity to hear from meetings who have prospering all-age communities, about how they achieved this. We will share stories of, and hopes for, our worshiping communities, hear about some of…

£10.00
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How Does Quaker Service and Nominations Work?

24 November 2021 - 24 November 2021
19:00 - 20:30

Have you ever wondered how Quaker nominations work? Are you on a nominations committee or have been asked to join one and want to know more? This live discussion session introduces some basic principles underpinning the Quaker nominations process, exploring challenges and opportunities in a creative way. All questions and levels of experience welcome, this…

£10.00
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Being a Quaker Trustee

29 November 2021 - 23 January 2022

This six-week online course will provide easy-to-understand information and enjoyable learning, to make trusteeship approachable and rewarding. We will be factual and practical, but all we do will be underpinned by the spiritual question of what trusteeship means within Quakers? What does God require of us? What does the law require? What is considered good…

£115.00
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How Does Spiritual Nurture Work in Quaker Meetings?

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

Elders have a particular responsibility for the spiritual health of the Meeting, but everyone is invited to support and uphold our spiritual life. What particular responsibilities do Elders hold, and how do Meetings nurture their spiritual life? This session will combine the theory as well as ideas for good practice. All times given are UK…

£10.00
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Exploring Quaker Membership

3 December 2021 - 4 December 2021

What is Quaker membership? How do I apply and what will happen? The course gives an opportunity to explore the meaning of membership and belonging, and to share with others at a similar stage in their journey with Quakers. We will look at the practical aspects of applying for membership, and the rewards and responsibilities…

£40.00
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How Do Quakers Make Decisions?

6 December 2021 - 6 December 2021
19:00 - 20:30

The Quaker decision-making method brings together unprogrammed worship based on silence with the need to make informed decisions which have the support of the community. It is both distinctive and flexible, being used by large and small groups, to discern spiritual and practical questions. And it can be difficult to understand. How does a group…

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Spiritual Nurture and Pastoral Care in Quaker Meetings

4 January 2022 - 17 February 2022

This six-week online course will help all those responsible for eldership, oversight, pastoral care and similar roles to gain understanding and confidence – whatever the system in their meeting. We will explore how we can provide pastoral care and spiritual nurture in Quaker meetings as well as looking at worship, community, caring and leadership. Live…

£115.00
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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…

£60.00
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Enquiring Into Ideas of Belonging and Accountability in Community

13 January 2022 - 13 January 2022
19:00 - 21:00

Would you like to explore your thinking about how we belong to and are accountable in Quaker communities in a respectful and rigorous way? In this session we will form a community of enquiry to provide the opportunity for dialogue and discussion that enable different views to be heard. This is one of a bi-monthly…

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Gender Diversity: A Quaker Approach

18 February 2022 - 20 February 2022

In recent years we may have become more aware of transgender people – in our meetings we may encounter a transgender newcomer seeking a spiritual home, a longstanding Friend may ‘come out’, or we might have a relative who is trans or non-binary. Quakers in Britain have stated that they ‘acknowledge and affirm the trans…

£30.00
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Enquiring Into Ideas Of Belonging And Diversity In Culture

10 March 2022 - 10 March 2022
19:00 - 21:00

What is your experience of fitting in or feeling different? Would you like to talk more about how Quaker communities interact with dominant social and cultural structures? In this session we will form a community of enquiry to provide the opportunity for dialogue and discussion that enable different views to be heard. This is one…

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