Woodbrooke

Woodbrooke

Woodbrooke is an international Quaker learning and research organisation based in Britain. We provide

We provide opportunities for learning, connection and worship which are rooted in the Quaker tradition and open to all. Our mission is to foster the 'vital ministry' of Quakers today and our learning programme allows participants to: deepen their understanding of the Quaker way, explore spirituality, support their communities and be inspired to bring about wider change the in world. Our Centre for

Operating as usual

07/01/2024

I told [the Commonwealth Commissioners] I lived in the virtue of that life and power that took away the occasion of all wars… I told them I was come into the covenant of peace which was before wars and strife were.

George Fox, 1651
Quaker Faith & Practice 24.01

06/01/2024

The Quaker way has undergone many changes since the start of the movement in the 1650s. This day event in Nottingham will offer a clear and accessible outline of the key changes in attitude and emphasis that have brought us to our current expression of the Quaker faith.

For more info visit: www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses/the-history-of-the-quaker-way/

06/01/2024

“Learning how to be an effective parent goes on and on, a learning which for me has been very revealing and given me insights into those parts of me which I did not care to discover.” Quaker Faith & Practice 22.64
For more information visit https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses/being-a-quaker-parent/

05/01/2024

Can you be Quaker and Anglican, Jewish and Buddhist, or Pagan and Christian? Religious combinations are becoming more visible and they can both intrigue and challenge. We’ll explore how multiple religious belonging arises and what we can learn from it.
For more information visit https://ow.ly/tK6W50Qfoyh

05/01/2024

Thinking of postgraduate study? Meet one of our graduates to hear what doing a PhD is like. In this live interview, Mark Frankel will share his experience of studying the Quaker politician T. Edmund Harvey as a Woodbrooke research student.

For more info: www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses/meet-the-students-mark-frankel/

04/01/2024

Are you new or recently appointed to a role involving clerking? Join this residential for in-person, in-depth training and reflection covering the core aspects involved in being a Quaker clerk.

For more info visit: www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses/being-a-quaker-clerk-2/

03/01/2024

Public bookings are now open for the QCCIR Conference 2024!

This conference will seek to meet the needs of Friends involved in interchurch and interfaith activities within their community. During the weekend, we will find inspiration, share experiences, and encourage one another in undertaking this important work.

For more info: www.woodbrooke.org.uk/QCCIR2024

03/01/2024

We're delighted to announce the return of the MOOC (massive open online course), beginning 25 January. This free online course led by Ben Pink Dandelion charts the key months of 1652 leading to the birth of the Quaker movement.

Reimagined using materials from our hugely popular Future Learn course, this course is the perfect way to start the 400th anniversary of George Fox's birth. Ideal for those who want to refresh their understanding of the radical spirituality of Quakers and for those just starting to explore the Quaker way; the course now features optionally weekly Zoom sessions, alongside an active forum and extra materials.

Book your place: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses/the-start-of-the-quaker-way-fox-400/

02/01/2024

One of a bi-monthly series using the Philosophy for Communities (P4C) method to create a community of enquiry where creative, collaborative and caring thinking fosters a lively discussion. In this session we explore walking cheerfully.
For more information visit https://ow.ly/yJ1k50Qc1KR

31/12/2023

We have no reason to be either arrogant or complacent: one look at the stars or through a microscope is sufficient to quell such notions. But we have to accept our position in the world with as much grace, responsibility and fortitude as we can muster, and try to grow up to our mission of love in this tangle of prospects and torments.

Pamela Umbima, 1992

Quaker Faith & Practice 25.08

31/12/2023

Talking about racial justice is hard, but we need to. How can we do it within the Quaker community? This 6-week course is based on Jonathan and Nim’s book, Enlarging the Tent, and is an invitation into dialogue.

For more info: www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses/racial-justice-dialogues/

30/12/2023

Quakers have held marriages since the time of Margaret Fell and George Fox. We have developed unique practices and our weddings are recognised as valid and lawful. Quaker Registering Officers have a vital role to play.

For more information visit: www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses/being-a-quaker-registering-officer/

24/12/2023

We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government, nor are we for this party nor against the other … but we are for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom, that these may be exalted in our nation, and that goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace and unity with God, and with one another, that these things may abound.

Edward Burrough, 1659

Quaker Faith & Practice 23.11

23/12/2023

Explore the beginnings of the Quaker movement and how the summer of 1652 proved pivotal for the start of the Quaker movement. Each week will take you step by step through some of the key figures and texts to better understand the foundation of Quakerism.
For more information visit https://ow.ly/m54t50Qhwj1

22/12/2023

The Woodbrooke Communications Team are on leave until 2 January; our social media will not be closely monitored during this period. If you leave a comment or question, please be aware that we will not be able to respond until we are back - see you next year!

22/12/2023

WOODBROOKE A YEAR IN REVIEW: 2023

See you in 2024!

22/12/2023

National ‘security’ takes precedence among governments but for security to be real and lasting, issues of social and climate justice, economics and human rights must be addressed. This course explores what centring human security could mean for the UK.
For more information visit https://ow.ly/QneI50Qhw9X

21/12/2023

In this course we will explore Rosemary Moore’s book The Light in Their Consciences, regarded as the most comprehensive, and readable history of Quaker beginnings. This will help us gain a deeper understanding of George Fox and the early Quaker movement.
For more information visit https://ow.ly/6UCf50Qhw1q

20/12/2023

The Jewish and Christian Bibles are both clear: humans are to treat the creation with care, respect, and humility. In this session, we’ll explore this “divine environmentalism” through the lenses of the Bible, Christian theology, and Quaker tradition.
For more information visit https://ow.ly/B2Z450QhvS7

19/12/2023

How do race and colonisation affect the practice and direction of restorative justice? In this 90-minute session, author, Restorative Justice Specialist and Prison Chaplain Leon Dundas will lead a conversation to explore this question.
For more information visit https://ow.ly/lEFt50QhvHU

18/12/2023

Do you have too many tasks and not enough time? Are you interested in ways that Quaker roles can be done differently? Outlining alternative possibilities and paradigms, this session offers fresh ideas and inspiration.
For more information visit https://ow.ly/gAKO50Qhvxq

17/12/2023

Art thou in the Darkness? Mind it not, for if thou dost it will fill thee more, but stand still and act not, and wait in patience till Light arises out of Darkness to lead thee. Art thou wounded in conscience? Feed not there, but abide in the Light which leads to Grace and Truth, which teaches to deny, and puts off the weight, and removes the cause, and brings saving health to Light.

James Nayler

Quaker Faith & Practice 21.65

15/12/2023

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We're delighted to announce the return of the MOOC (massive open online course), beginning 25 January. This free online ...
WOODBROOKE A YEAR IN REVIEW: 2023See you in 2024!
Meet the Students: Erica Canela
Meet the Students: Erical Canela
Meet the Students
Meet the Students: Frederique Green
Woodbrooke's Programme Coordinator for Racial & Social Justice, Tanya Hubbard introduces our upcoming retreat 'Reparatio...
Kate McNally speaks about the upcoming Woodbrooke course on 'Understanding Racism.'The online course aims to support Qua...
This #pridemonth Woodbrooke's Deputy Programme Leader for Research, Rhiannon Grant reflects on the 1963 publication of T...
Carolyn Baynes speaks about her upcoming Woodbrooke course 'Centring Down with Compassion' which starts at the end of th...
Meet the Supervisors - Anne Watson
Our new batch of courses, sessions and retreats have just landed! 🛬They are all bookable via our website: https://www.wo...

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