This project will explore change-making and Quaker faith through a series of intergenerational conversations, and will be an opportunity for Friends to get to know Quakers of different ages living in other parts of the world.
Friends will share the resources they find in their Quaker faith for sustaining a life of social action. Over the course of these sessions, we will hear from those who’ve spent much of their lives devoted to Quaker witness and from those who are envisioning what the future of work for peace, justice, and climate action might look like. Together, let’s explore what love can do when it’s rooted in Quaker community.
Topics will include Quaker history and tradition, the role of community in resisting burnout and managing disagreement and decision making, relationships with ecumenical and interfaith groups, managing hope and despair in times of climate emergency, and planning for the future.
There will be fortnightly live sessions and you should expect to spend about 2 hours between sessions in preparation, reflecting on the materials.
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This project is organised by the Young Friends Worldwide for Climate Action, Peace and Justice network, supported by FWCC. They are a group of Young Friends aged 18-35 from across the Quaker branches and from all four FWCC Sections. In 2020 they ran a 10-week series of 5 online workshops for Friends around the world concerned with climate action, peace, and justice. Visit the FWCC website (http://fwcc.world/young-friends-worldwide-for-climate-action-peace-and-justice) to find out more about their work.
- Course leader: Rachael Swancott
This course explores contemporary eco-theologies and their relevance for Quakers in responding prayerfully and courageously to the climate crisis. Through an exploration of a variety of Christian traditions, including the perspectives of indigenous peoples. we consider the theme of ‘being at home’ in our world. What words and practices do we need to cultivate care for our planetary home? How might our images of God and Spirit assist in nurturing a deeper reverence?
This course will explore and practice spiritual grounding for environmental practice. Drawing together the contemplative and active aspects of Quaker tradition, participants will learn about and engage in ecospiritual practices that connect, sustain for the long term, and root deeply in active justice. Participants will learn about the concept of ecospirituality and enact eco-practices that reflect Friends testimonies, caring for and partnering with that of God in all other entities with whom we share this planet. While being grounded in Quakerism, the course will also invite participants to learn from others outside the Quaker tradition, expanding Quakerism in ways it may be limiting, and welcoming transformation in places where we have bought into white supremacy. Holding together interconnectedness, justice, and care, this course will encourage participation in a community of belonging.