Richard Drake has been a Quaker since 2002 and has held several roles at Local and Area Meeting level including treasurer and elder. He is…
Welcoming and Working Together Remotely: Quaker practices online
28 February 2022 - 25 March 2022
How can we use Zoom and other online platforms for worship, Quaker business, and discernment? Quakerism has always been an experimental faith which is “open to new light” – what have we learnt in the last two years and how can we build on this?
Zoom has advantages and disadvantages – it isn’t preferred by everyone. It can be enabling for those Friends who find it difficult to travel to meetings and an encouragement to younger people to engage with Quakerism. Zoom can open possibilities for national and international cooperation in line with our concerns about climate change.
We will look together at how we can adapt our traditions and practices to take advantage of the possibilities offered by a post-pandemic world.
We will look at examples of how IT can be used; including Zoom for Quaker business meetings, tools for discernment, Gathertown for informal conversations and how to hold an international children’s meeting. Expect to spend about an hour a week on reading and reflection.
During the weekly Zoom sessions participants can have a bit of fun trying out some of these new ideas in a supportive group.
The start date for the course is when the online content and discussion forum becomes available; you can work on this material at any time to suit you.
The live Zoom sessions are at 19:00-20:30 (UK time) every Thursday during this period.
All times are given as UK time. Make sure to check your own timezone at www.savvytime.com/converter/
This course will involve:
On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Automated Zoom closed captions are available for all live sessions but if you feel you require more accurate closed captioning please email us directly in addition to booking.