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2018 Swarthmore Lecture (Video)

The 2018 Swarthmore Lecture: ‘Changing ourselves, changing the world’ was given by life-long Quaker, artist and activist Chris Alton.  You can watch a subtitled recording of Chris Alton’s Swarthmore Lecture here:

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Nigel Newton: Quaker Schools

Nigel Newton talks about his research into Quaker schools, the importance of Meeting for Worship, and how school cultures are developed.

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George Richardson Lecture 2018

This lecture, “William Penn after 300 Years: Paradoxes and Legacies of a Boundary-Spanner” was given by Andrew Murphy at Woodbrooke on June 21 2018. 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of William Penn, and thus offers an ideal opportunity to revisit a figure at once both familiar and elusive, with a name recognized…

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Quaker Clockmakers

Quaker Clockmakers This chapter first appeared, with additional photographs which cannot be reproduced on the web, in Quakers, Business and Industry edited by Stephen Angell and Pink Dandelion, Long Meadow: FAHE, 2017, pp 37 – 100. This is a reprint of a chapter by Tim Marshall, of his chapter on Quaker clockmakers together with an…

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2018 Swarthmore Lecture (Audio)

The audio recording of Chris Alton’s 2018 Swarthmore Lecture.

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2017 Swarthmore Lecture (Video)

The Swarthmore Lecture 2017: Faith in politics? A testimony to equality was given by Catherine West at 7:30 pm on Monday 31st July 2017 as part of Yearly Meeting Gathering at Warwick University.

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Exploring Priesthood

John Peirce spent six weeks exploring Quaker understanding of the priesthood of all believers. In August 2017,  John gave a short presentation on his current thinking to an audience of Woodbrooke staff, volunteers and guests.

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George Richardson Lecture 2017

Christine Trevett delivers the 2017 George Richardson Lecture and questions the age of Quaker membership.

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2016 Swarthmore Lecture (Video)

The 2016 Swarthmore Lecture was given by Cécile Nyiramana and Esther Mombo. This lecture will focus on the peace building work of East African Quakers.

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Roots of a contemporary Quaker American crisis, tensions over the Vietnam War and the World Council of Churches among Indiana Yearly Meeting and Friends United Meeting Quakerism 1969-1975

This public lecture was delivered by Stephen W. Angell in 2013.

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Slave rebellions and Quaker anxiety in the turn against slavery

A public lecture by Betsy Cazden.

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The Joseph Wood Archive

This archive consists five volumes of notebooks in PDF format by Quietist Quaker Joseph Wood.

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Quaker Study Series 2013

At Canadian Yearly Meeting 2013, Ben Pink Dandelion held a series of Quaker Study sessions over five days from 19 to 23 August.

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Quaker Historical Corpus

The Quaker Historical Corpus (QHC) consists of 173 texts written by Quakers between 1650 and 1690. All the texts are derived from copies held in the Library of Friends House, London.

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The Future of Quakerism

Where does Quakerism sit in the wider religious landscape today? Where will it be in 25 years’ time?

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Quakers and Ecumenism

This talk will look at how ecumenism first became possible in the nineteenth century and how Friends can relate to other Christians and other faiths today.

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Quakers, Theology and Language

The different attitudes to theology and language within the Society of Friends. The very particular British Quaker understanding of belief will be a focus for this talk.

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What Quakers Believe

There are Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and atheist Quakers today – how do they all co-exist?

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Quaker Worship and Witness

The radical mysticism of Quakerism, which is based on the idea that God can be experienced without the mediation of priest or text at any time, in any place.

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The History of Quakerism

An accessible account of the history of Quakerism from the time when it was a movement setting out to change the world, abolish slavery and promote women’s rights.

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Who are the Quakers?

A basic overview of the founding story and ideas of Quakerism and how the movement has grown into a worldwide religion of six traditions.

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Quakers and the world: religious freedom and citizenship – Ben Pink Dandelion

This talk was given on September 3, 2014 at the University of Stavanger at a research seminar to celebrate 200 years of Quaker presence in Norway.

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General Studies Thesis – Not Yet Summarised

Links to other Quaker studies theses and dissertations available online including more general theses with substantial Quaker studies content.

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Transforming the outside and God transforming the inside

Esther Mombo talking at the Friends Association for Higher Education annual conference at Woodbrooke in 2016.

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Transforming Leaders and Organisations through Soul Work

Margaret Benefiel talking at the Friends Association for Higher Education annual conference at Woodbrooke in 2016.

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The Labyrinth

Jan Sellers talking at the Friends Association for Higher Education annual conference at Woodbrooke in 2016.

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From a Deep Place

Gerald Hewitson talking at the Friends Association for Higher Education annual conference at Woodbrooke in 2016.

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Early Quaker Travel and the Literature of Pilgrimage

This keynote was delivered by Hilary Hinds at the Borders and Crossings Conference in 2012.

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The Other Family Living with the Woolmans

This public lecture recorded at Woodbrooke in 2012, examines the relationship of John Wollman with his families former slaves.

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Searching for John Woolman

This public lecture recorded at Woodbrooke in 2012, James Proud, a direct descendent of Woolman, talks about the process of writing and editing Woolman’s works.

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Deepening the Life of the Spirit – Gerald Hewitson

Gerald Hewitson described his spiritual journey in the Swarthmore Lecture of 2013. Journaling is his primary spiritual practice.

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Deepening the Life of the Spirit – Ginny Wall

Ginny Wall talks about the place of spiritual practice in our lives at the 2012 Quaker Life Representative Council.

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Open for Transformation: being Quaker

Ben Pink Dandelion presents his talk ‘Open for Transformation: being Quaker’, based on the theme of the 2014 Swarthmore Lecture.

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Quakers and Muslims in the seventeenth century

Justin Meggitt talks to us about the history of Quakers and Muslims in the seventeenth century

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The correspondence and dynamics in John Woolman's travels

John Kershner a postgraduate student in Quaker studies presents his thesis topic about John Woolman.

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Good Lives Study Pack – Day Gathering

This study pack is designed to help Friends apply our Quaker values and practices to the pressing issues of today

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Good Lives Study Pack – Four Session

The four study packs in this book derive from work undertaken by the Good Lives Project at Woodbrooke between 2009 and 2012.

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Good Lives Study Pack – Three Session

This pack is designed to help Friends apply our Quaker values and practices to the pressing issues of today, in particular, the threats to the environment.

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George Richardson Lecture 2013

Roger Homan delivers the 2013 George Richardson Lecture and talks to us about the rehabilitation of art in Quaker faith.

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George Richardson Lecture 2014

Stephen W. Angell delivers the 2014 George Richardson Lecture and looks at Samuel Fisher’s writings as they relate to the authority of Scripture and their effects on the ways other Quakers have understood the authority of Scripture throughout the Second Period and beyond.

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George Richardson Lecture 2016

Robynne Rogers Healey delivers the 2016 George Richardson Lecture and surveys some of the changes in Quaker history over the past twenty years

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George Richardson Lecture 2012

Carole Dale Spencer delivers the 2012 George Richardson Lecture and will explore the relationship between Hannah Whitall Smith and J. Rendel Harris, the first Director of Woodbrooke.

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George Richardson Lecture 2011

Rosemary Moore delivers the 2011 George Richardson Lecture and looks at how an update to ‘The Second Period of Quakerism’ might look.

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George Richardson Lecture 2015

Brycchan Carey delivers the 2015 George Richardson Lecture and examines two key moments in the development of a wider literature of antislavery.

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FAHE 2008 – John Punshon

Talk by John Punshon, speaker at the Friends Association of Higher Education (FAHE) Annual Conference held at Woodbrooke June 19 – 22 2008.

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FAHE 2008 – Jocelyn Burnell

A Talk by Jocelyn Burnell, speaker at the Friends Association of Higher Education (FAHE) Annual Conference held at Woodbrooke June 19 – 22 2008.

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European Quaker peaceworker schemes

Haifa Rashed presents her research about Quaker peace worker schemes around the world.

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2016 Swarthmore Lecture (Audio)

The 2016 Swarthmore Lecture was given by Cécile Nyiramana and Esther Mombo. This lecture will focus on the peace building work of East African Quakers.

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2015 Swarthmore Lecture (Audio)

The 2015 Swarthmore Lecture will consider our peace testimony in relation to the current global context and drawing on what she has learned from her practical experience of violence and peacemaking

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2015 Swarthmore Lecture (Video)

The 2015 Swarthmore Lecture will consider our peace testimony in relation to the current global context and drawing on what she has learned from her practical experience of violence and peacemaking

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2014 Swarthmore Lecture (Audio)

The 2014 Swarthmore Lecture explores the theme of transformation, ending with a call for us as Quakers to return to a transforming and transformational faith.

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2014 Swarthmore Lecture (Video)

The 2014 Swarthmore Lecture explores the theme of transformation, ending with a call for us as Quakers to return to a transforming and transformational faith.

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2013 Swarthmore Lecture (Audio)

Gerald shares his understanding of our corporate inward journey to life and truth and explored how we can we find for ourselves the central experience at the heart of Quakerism.

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2012 Swarthmore Lecture (Audio)

The 2012 Swarthmore Lecture was given by Rachel Brett a Quaker and a human rights lawyer who works at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) in Geneva, where she is Representative for Human Rights and Refugees.

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2011 Swarthmore Lecture (Audio)

The 2011 Swarthmore Lecture given by Pam Lunn addresses the unsustainability of the way we all live in the industrialised West.

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