'Living as a Quaker today' is the theme of this year's Quaker Week. How does being a Quaker shape your life? Can you share that story with others? What does it mean to live as a Quaker: at home, at work, in school, in activism, in meeting, in community?
Quaker Week and the challenges of coronavirus (updated July 17 2020)
This theme has a whole new meaning as Quakers and our communities navigate the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
Getting involved this Quaker Week
Quaker Week is a time to celebrate Quaker work, faith and community. No matter who you are you can get involved! Individuals can use social media to share and connect using #QuakerWeek and #QuakerStories.
How does being a Quaker shape your life and actions? Post a picture and share your own story, or post about a contemporary or historical Quaker who inspires you. Visit the #QuakerStories hashtag on Instagram to see what others are saying.
Quaker meetings, schools and other Quaker groups and communities can take this opportunity to put on a public event. The lead up to Quaker Week might be a time for your community to reflect; what does it mean for us to live as Quakers today? See Being Friends Together, particularly step 1, 2 and 3 on the 'Knowing Each Other in the Things that are Eternal...and Everyday' pathway for support doing this.
You can innovate with safe opportunities within government guidelines at the time. Hold online events, or small outdoor events. Check out our guide to online meetings for worship (offsite link) to get ideas about how to do online gatherings well and safely.
If you are not sure how to introduce Quaker faith to enquirers, the information on this website may be useful. Find simple descriptions of how we worship, what we do, how we are organised and how people can become a Quaker. Visit the 'About Quakers' page.
Outreach is for me an invitation to others to join us in our way of worship and response to life which are so important to us that we wish to share them... It does not depend on rewards or threats, but on the active acceptance of those who see it as truth.Edrey Allott, 1990, Quaker faith & practice 28.09
Woodbrooke is running an online course in September and October, 'Becoming a community of witness and welcome'. The course asks how we can warmly welcome those who seek us so that our Quaker communities confidently witness to the power of the Quaker discovery.
Leaflets for newcomers, enquirers and Quaker communities are available to meetings through online downloads. We cannot currently send out paper copies our our leaflets and materials. View the outreach materials on offer.
Outreach Facebook group
The Quaker Life Network Social Media Cluster is a Facebook group for Quakers running social media accounts on behalf of their meeting or Quaker organisation. Friends share insights and ask questions on best practice. Join the cluster on Facebook.
Events for supporting meetings in outreach
A online course on how we can warmly welcome those who seek us is being run from September by Woodbrooke and Quaker Life.
Events for newcomers
Woodbrooke offers online courses for those new to the Quaker way.
'Essentials of Quakerism' (no current dates) is designed particularly for those new to the Quaker way, will introduce the basic and essential elements of Quakerism. Everyone is very welcome, whether or not you have experienced Quaker worship. This course will include live speaker sessions with Q&A and a private discussion forum.
The 'Quaker Way' (offsite link) sets out the Quaker 'basics' for those who are relatively new to Quakers and keen to find out more.
Residential events are currently suspended. Please visit the page once these kinds of activities are permitted.
These short residential events are for people who know little or nothing about Quakers, and for those who have been around Quakers a while and want to explore further. Share them with people curious about core Quaker beliefs, who wish to experience Quaker worship and hear from Quakers about how they live their lives.
Experienced facilitators from the Quaker Quest (offsite link) team guide these events. They encourage attendees to reflect, ask questions and share thoughts with others. Find details about Charney Manor events on its website.