Working in a variety of settings, including prisons, universities and hospitals, Quaker chaplains offer friendship and spiritual advice to people of all faiths and none.
They often minister to the most vulnerable in society, such as those without the support of friends and family. This vital form of ministry also helps to establish a visible presence for the life, work and witness of Quakers in a wide range of communities.
Quaker Life supports and seeks to strengthen Quaker chaplaincy by providing information, training, conferences, and opportunities for development and networking.
Quaker Life can arrange for a speaker to visit your meeting and provide an overview of chaplaincy, or prison chaplaincy and Britain Yearly Meeting's support for it.
The historic Quaker concern for prisons continues today through the contribution of Quakers working within prison chaplaincy teams.
"I love the work. I hope to use the gold cards to explain what a Quaker is. I've had a few porridge comments so I've made a badge with the Quaker Oats man on it and the words - Quakers. More than a pile of porridge. It gets a laugh and starts a conversation" A current QPC
The Quaker Prison Chaplains Committee (QPCC) is active within the context of overall Quaker Life work in support of Quaker chaplaincy. The committee provides training, networking and support for QPCs.
A Quaker prison chaplains handbook with Guidelines for Quaker prison chaplains and area meetings
Training and events
Training for chaplains
Training for chaplains from all disciplines is provided by Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in partnership with the Quaker Prison Chaplains' Committee. Events include:
- Next event 'Going Inside' training 11 - 13 June 2018 (Bookings not open yet)
This training is open to all Quaker prison chaplains and to Quaker chaplains working in other secure environments, i.e. secure hospitals, detention centres, immigration removal centres etc. It is suitable for both new and more experienced chaplains, regardless of how much time they spend on chaplaincy work. It will cover the Quaker basis for prison ministry, finding and developing your ministry, practical issues, building trusting relationships and training and support for your ministry.
Quaker Prison Chaplains Annual Conference
This is an annual opportunity for Quaker prison chaplains to meet, share and learn from each other. The conference is open to newly appointed chaplains as well as those who have been in the role for many years. Attendees can expect sharing, networking, workshops and worship. It is held annually at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and usually takes place over a weekend.
Quaker Prison Chaplains conference 6-8 October 2017
To find out more, contact our Quaker Chaplains Support Officer.
This is a chance for Quaker chaplains working in diverse settings from around the country to come together for a positive and worshipful shared learning experience. The weekend usually takes place every two years at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre.
- Exploring Quaker Chaplaincy 7-9 September 2018 (Bookings not open yet)
This weekend will provide the opportunity for Quaker chaplains working in any setting (prison, education, hospital, police or others) to learn, share and network.
To find out more, contact our Quaker Chaplains Support Officer
Header image © Mike Pinches 2012