Presentations from 2017 Conference ‘Exploring the mystery of mysticism

The 2017 QUG Conference ‘Exploring the mystery of mysticism’ generated considerable interest. The presentations gave a rich structure to the days and led to many questions and lively discussion. Some questions that could not be raised in the time available will be posted on this site hopefully stimulating a continuing debate on-line.

Recordings of the presentations and question sessions from the conference are now available on the QUG.org.uk website Conferences/Conference 2017.

Facebook for Quaker Universalists?

Facebook generates strong reactions, both for and against, yet arguably Facebook is by far the most widely used forum existing today.  But what exactly does Facebook do and how can Quaker Universalists use it?

I see Facebook essentially as a self-curated newspaper and as such, through the mechanisms of ‘comment’, ‘share’ and ‘like’ tends to reinforce like-minded posts, from like-minded users. Simplistically it can work as an echo chamber reflecting limited set of ‘group-think’ views, Used carelessly or even maliciously this can become abusive.

However used with imagination and care, people from across the world can build a rich and unique collection of thinking drawn from personal experience, religious thinking, academia, philosophy, other commentators and the wider media.

As Quaker Universalists, we should not be afraid to be challenged by others with different ideas, rather we should work together to build new, richer, more fundamental common understandings. The vast majority of contributors will be considered and courteous, my hope is that the Quaker Universalist Group -UK Facebook page will give powerful support to our sharing of ‘that of God in every person’.