Diary of Events

  • Sat
    10:00 - 12:30 (followed by bring-and-share lunch)Winchmore Hill Quaker Meeting House N211LE

    During the referendum campaign and after the vote Quakers have had, corporately, very little to say. Many meetings report not even being able to discuss the issues.

    Sarah Dodgson, as an Eva Koch Scholar, with the support of Woodbrooke, spoke to over 200 Quakers with varying views for the history project "Quakers and the UK European Referendum".However they voted, many Quakers reported being unhappy with the honesty and effectiveness of our British politics.There are serious issues about how and whether Brexit, will take place and its effect on our communities.

    • Does our unhappiness stem from a broader perspective about truth in politics?
    • In a post-Truth world what do our traditional testimonies call us to do?
    • How can we continue to walk cheerfully and try to mend the world?
    • North London Area Meeting invite all Quakers to this discussion which precedes our afternoon AM business meeting.
    Registration not needed but intention to attend helpful to whq.clerk@gmail.com.
  • Fri
    Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham

    ‘QUAKER UNDERSTANDINGS OF TRUTH – In religion, in a Quaker meeting for worship, in the media’

    One of the Quaker testimonies is ‘Truth and Integrity’.

    • What does this mean when we live in a pluralist society with many different religions (or none) claiming to be ‘the truth’?
    • How do we find out the truth as an individual Quaker and in a Quaker meeting for
    • How can we get to the truth in the media, which can so often spread lies and half-truths?
    • Can we sit by as the results of ‘post-truth’ lead to more inequality, poverty, hatred and violence?

    See here for details of this conference

  • Sat
    9:30am - 5:00pmCarrs Lane Conference Centre Albert Street, Birmingham B4 7SX

    A one-day conference to explore the theme of happiness and wellbeing from religious, philosophical, psychological, health and other perspectives.


    From Buddhist meditation to modern secular therapy: an analysis of mindfulness in ancient and modern contexts.

      Richard King, Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies, University of Kent, UK (Keynote Speaker)

    Why I’m happy to feel sad

      Linda Gask, Emerita Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manchester, UK (Keynote Speaker)

    The science of happiness

      Vishal Soni, Lead Practitioner in Science, Light Hall Academy, UK

    Understanding happiness and wellbeing: a Hindu perspective

      Dr Sharada Sugirtharajah, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK

    Happiness and health

      Emerita Professor Paula Mcgee, Birmingham City University, UK

    Jesus disturbing charter of happiness

      Dr David McLoughlin, Newman University, UK

    Happiness and wellbeing: an act of contemplation

      Musa Askari, Newcastle, UK

    Conference fee £20.50
    For further information and to book a place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/happiness-and-wellbeing-tickets-42454677082
    This event is organised by Dr Sharada Sugirtharajah: sharada60@outlook.com and Professor Paula McGee: paula.mcgee2978@gmail.com

    Download detailed programme for Happiness Conference 16 June 2018


  • Thu
    Amigas del Senor Monastery
    Amigas del Señor Monastery for Women is a monastery practicing in the forms of Methodists and Quakers, located in the foothills near the Caribbean Sea in Limón, Colón, Honduras.
    Sister Alegría, formerly known as Beth Blodgett, is a pediatrician who founded the monastery in 2006.  Multnomah Friends Meeting in Portland, Oregon has a Covenant of Caring with Amigas for mutual support.  Their letters home can be read online at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ amigasdelsenor/.
    Amigas del Señor is offering a four-week program of Spiritual Formation this July.
    For more information see their webpage https://amigasdelsenor.weebly.com or contact Sister Alegria at amigashonduras@gmail.com
  • Sat
    2:00 pmGeorge Fox Room, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

     This talk is an event hosted by London Quakers and given by Tony Philpott (Clerk of the Quaker Universalist Group). It will be followed by group discussion and a plenary session.

    • Why do people have different beliefs about the meaning and purpose of life?
    • Doesn’t truth come from ‘all religions or none’ and not just a small sect in one of the world’s major belief systems?
    • Can peace only come when we fully respect other people and their beliefs?
    • Do Quaker Universalists lead the way in helping our society become less divided?

    You do not have to book in advance and entry is free. Coffee/tea will be available
    Please check the London Quakers website http://www.londonquakers.org.uk/ near the date for any final details.

  • Fri
    Start Fri 10/5 @ 6:00pm, Finish Sun 12/5 @ 2:00pm Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham

    In this conference we will explore our understanding of forgiveness from a range of religious, moral and psychological perspectives and in a range of situations.

    It is widely assumed, in religions and in societies more generally, that forgiveness is a ‘good thing’ and that we ‘ought’ to forgive (or at least try to forgive) those that offend against us. In this conference we will be examining this assumption in depth in order to deepen our understanding of forgiveness and how this may be reached.

    See here for more details