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A short reflective course - Part 1 (Sections 1-3)
For this course we suggest that you use a journal to record your thoughts and findings. You may be moved to creative writing or poetry or images. How you communicate doesn't matter. You may like to go to a Quaker Meeting and ask any questions you have. The Clerk will speak at the end of a Meeting. They will find you someone to talk to. Many Meetings hold frequent conversation or quest groups. Your Meeting will have books on any of this. Follow the Links tab on this site to 'Quaker Bookshop' to browse.

The first Tab on the website, labelled 'Quaker', has further information. Look at this first. Section 6 on part 2 of this course has audio files which you can download. Start here if you wish.

Section 1 - Why are people Quaker?

Look at and read part A on the Quakers Tab on this site.

This link is to the national Quaker website about why people are Quaker.

What do Quakers say?

Pick one at random, watch it and record any response in your journal (or just think about it if you prefer). Go back at any time and choose another one. You may like to ask a Quaker a question at the following link to the National Quaker website.

Ask a Quaker a question

This link to a bbc site on religion offers an alternative view of Quakers from a general point of view.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/subdivisions/quakers_1.shtml

Section 2 - Advices and Queries

Look at and read part C on the Quakers Tab on this site.

This link takes you straight to Advices and Queries (A&Q) online from the National website.

Advices and Queries

Try reading A&Q 3 on this link. Record your response.

Choose another one later and record your response. Spending a day or two on one advice may well be better than just reading all 42 at one go.

Section 3 - Who are these Quakers?

Look at and read part C on the Quakers Tab on this site.

Early Quaker history is fascinating. In the first few years of Quaker development, from 1652, 1% of England were Quaker. Here are just a few references to read, from Quaker Faith and Practice

George Fox 19.01 to 19.04

Margaret Fell

read 19.38 and 19.46

William Penn (read 19.47)

from a separate site: John Woolman (American Quaker)

There have been many famous Quakers through the centuries. The Cadbury family, the Rowntree family, the Fry family. What did Elizabeth Fry do to be on the face of a five pound note? I will leave this to your own research.

There are many living Quakers, particularly in the Arts. I'm sure Sheila Hancock won't mind me mentioning her as she always talks about her Quaker faith when interviewed.

Quakers are found central to much social reform. Try these links.

WW2 Kindertransport

Conscientious Objection - read 24.15 and 24.16 and 24.27

Abolition of the Slave Trade

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Woodbrooke, the Quaker training centre, has a much fuller course based on this,called Becoming Friends, with a manual and on-line website. Look at their website on the Links Tab on this site, 'Woodbrooke study centre'. Quakers offer many innovative courses at a variety of centres.

The link directly to the free demonstration of this course is here. Log in as a guest. To join, follow the instructions to get a user name.

Becoming Friends demo

Or request an information pack from Friends House (The National Headquarters:
National Quaker Website Enquiries