Online courses at Woodbrooke July – December 2020

As you may already know, the Quaker study centre at Woodbrooke has moved learning online for the remainder of 2020. Woodbrooke’s online courses have the same breadth of coverage as their residential courses but are provided instead through webinars, Zoom meetings, videos, discussion forums, and written material. The courses available are listed on the Woodbrooke website at, where you can see when and how each course will run, and whether there is an attendance fee. 
To give a feel for the range of opportunities available, I have divided the current courses into six broad areas related to being Quaker, theology, history, spiritual practices, engagement with the wider world, and training for specific roles:


Spiritual PracticesTraining
A Taste of Life Writing for TransformationBeing a Quaker Clerk
Bringing Quaker and Buddhist Practice TogetherEldership and Oversight
European Quaker Voices: RetreatQuaker Nominations
The Life Stirring Within:
a week-long online retreat
with Isaac Penington
Voices of the Earth


Bayard Rustin: reflections on his life and witnessAwakening the Prophetic Imagination: a Bible study course
Being a Quaker Community of Witness and WelcomeExpectant Waiting: reflections from the Bible and Quakers, from theology and poetry
Courageous Living amid a Climate CrisisExpectant Waiting: reflections from the Bible and Quakers, from theology and poetry
Finding Our Ways Forward: positive living in the climate crisisThe Meaning of the Cross: punishment, or healing and reconciliation?
Living the Peace Testimony


Being QuakerHistory
Essentials of Quakerism
Quakers Do What! Why? Book Launch
Early Quakers and Creation:
James Nayler’s Eco-Theology
Revising Quaker Faith & Practice x 4
The Quaker Way

New courses are added by Woodbrooke quite often – keep an eye on the listings page or register for the Woodbooke newsletter to stay up to date. In addition, this year’s Swarthmore lecture will be broadcast online in August, as outlined below.

Remember that financial support is available from both Woodbrooke and locally. Redland Meeting will pay half of the cost of one course (whether fixed or Pay as Led) each year for all members and attenders, and the full cost of any training for specific roles. Contact the treasurer, Kit Fotheringham for further information.

As well as Woodbrooke, Britain Yearly Meeting also offers courses occasionally, such as the QPSW Summer Series: Where our witness is ( Sign up to the Quake newsletter to hear of new courses as they appear.

Richard Hull