Why Attend Meeting for Worship if you Don’t Believe in God?

12 April 2022 - 12 April 2022
19:30 - 21:00

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Why do some people who don’t believe in God regularly participate in unprogrammed Quaker meeting for worship? This session will explore some of the many possible reasons to help us make sense out of this apparent contradiction.


Because unprogrammed Quaker worship is open to surprises and does not have creeds, we may be led in many directions – including away from external, paternalistic, or supernatural ideas about the divine. Whatever your experience, this session will help you to understand why, what some people see as an urgent and upsetting paradox, is a simple and sensible option for others.

In 90 minutes together, we will lay out the issue, looking at it from multiple perspectives. We will take time to share our own questions and understandings and listen carefully to others. Rhiannon Grant’s research on how Quakers talk about God will help us to see how a shared commitment to truth can create a rich diversity of belief in our community.

All times are given as UK time. Make sure to check your own timezone at www.savvytime.com/converter/

This course will involve:

DiscussionWorkshopZoom Session

Accessibility info:

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.

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