Quakers: simple, radical, contemporary?
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HRS11
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course is an introduction to the core Quaker experience, that of listening to the voice within, and why an institution with an 'archaic' image still has meaning and resonance for people today. The Religious Society of Friends, popularly known as Quakers, originated in the Christian church but, with Equality as the overriding principle, it has dispensed with all hierarchical structures and rituals. The purpose of a Quaker 'Meeting is to empower individuals to achieve spiritual growth and be enabled to translate feelings into socially positive action. From the mysticism of the Early Quakers to the quietism of more recent times, Quakers have developed a reputation for integrity, social responsibility and peace-building. This introduction will hopefully raise as many questions as it answers.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Why Quakerism started.
- How Quakers worship.
- What Quakers believe and what they seek to do in the modern world.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- State the historical and cultural context for the Quaker movement.
- Explain the principles underpinning Quaker ideas.
- Reflect on some contemporary moral dilemmas from a (i) non-Quaker and (ii) Quaker perspective.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is designed for beginners or intermediate learners with little or no experience of the material. It will
appeal to all those who would like to find out about the Quaker movement. It is anticipated that participants will come to the course with an open mind and be respectful to others of all faiths or none, even if their views may be very different to your own.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Powerpoint presentations and handout texts will be introduced by the tutor, and the course will consist of introductions to the material by the tutor, followed by discussions of emerging issues in small and large groups by participants.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. A pen and paper may be useful in jotting down ideas as the day progresses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in:
You might be interested in the paired courses HRS12 and HRS30 on 8.2.20, both of which look at aspects of pacifism, HRS30 is also taught by Bruce Johnson.
Other courses you might be interested in include:
Introduction to Islam - HRS21
The myth, magic and mysticism of Kabbalah - HRS25
Free thinking: the atheist mission in 19th century Britain - HRS12
For the full range of religion and belief courses, please check our website - www.citylit.ac.uk.
Bruce was born into a Quaker family, sent to a Quaker secondary school, and emerged into the adult world, largely ignorant of whatever it meant to be a Quaker and with no interest in exploring it further. Despite this lack of understanding, when a number of major life challenges piled up twenty five years later, it was to the Quakers that Bruce turned, looking for a group of people who could be relied on to provide honest, non-judgement feedback and support. This led, in time, to becoming a member and in turn to a deep involvement with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Although Bruce still regards himself as agnostic, he recognises that there is much in life that is not explained by science and being open to these things can enhance our ablitiy to fully experience and therefore appreciate life.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.