Latest QUG Pamphlet – Three talks from July 2016 QUG Conference


Following our latest conference in July 2016 we have published three of the talks on compassion as a pamphlet. available, price £4.00 (including packing and postage). This pamphlet arose from our Quaker Universalist Conference in July 2016 which had the title Compassion: Why is it failing? Three of the talks at the conference have been written up and edited by the presenters to make up this publication.

2017 QUG Conference ‘Exploring the mystery of mysticism’


The next Quaker Universalist Annual Conference ‘ Exploring the mystery of mysticism’ will be held on May 5th-7th 2017 at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham.

 “Is mysticism an experience of oneness with the divine, an altered state of consciousness, being at one with nature, a way of explaining the unexplainable or something else?”

During this conference we will be ‘exploring the mystery of mysticism’ by hearing about how it has been viewed and practised by different faith traditions and whether it still has any relevance today.  There will be plenty of space for participants to explore what mysticism means to them and share whether it has or could have a place in their own lives.

Speakers include:

Rex Ambler is a retired lecturer (having taught at Birmingham University for 30 years), Quaker Theologian and prolific writer on theology and Quaker beliefs and practices.

Dr Alinda Damsma is Senior Lecturer at Leo Baeck College, London. She teaches Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic and Jewish mysticism.

Dr Sharada Sugirtharajah is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham.  Sharada’s research focuses on representations of Hinduism in colonial and postcolonial writings.

Jan Arriens has had an interest in mysticism going back 50 years to his university days in Melbourne. He has written extensively in the Friend and other Quaker publications, including QUG pamphlet no. 17, The Place of Jesus in Quaker Universalism.