Mid-17th century England was swept by dramatic changes: sharp religious and political conflict, rising hopes, charismatic leaders and popular grassroots movements – in short, a world much like the one we live in today. Quakers were born as a faith community into this world – bringing with them approaches to worship, gender and class relationships, beliefs about God and scripture, and ways of making decisions that were a sharp departure from anything the world had seen before.
This series of workshops walks with those Friends, sharing what we know about their fresh approaches to worship, belief, and life with others. The main intention is to reflect together on what 1st generation Friends have to teach us in terms of how we live together into these same critical questions as a faith community today. There is an adaptation of this curriculum intended for use in pastoral meetings called, “Birth of the Friends Church.”
Purposes of course:
- To enrich Friends knowledge and understanding of the first generation of Friends
- To use this understanding to help Friends today enter a similarly radical living relationship with God as a faith community
- To facilitate meetings using this understand as a springboard to talk about key issues in the life of the faith community including theology, worship, the testimonies, and radical witness.
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Author: Peter Blood-Patterson
Publisher: Peter Blood Patterson
Preparation Time: 1 hour each session
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Topics: Adult Education, Community, Equality, Integrity, Peace, Quaker Faith & Practice, Quaker History, Quaker Values, Service, Simplicity, Spiritual Journeys, Stewardship, Testimonies, Theology, Truth, Truth and Truth-telling