Wellington Study Group
The study group aims to support our spiritual growth as individuals and as a group, and consequently as a meeting (and have some fun in the process). We meet weekly to discuss a particular book, a chapter at a time, using study guide questions if these are available. There is a time of silent worship at the start and end of our gatherings, and we aim to run our discussions along the Quaker principle of "worship sharing".
CURRENTLY WE ARE WORKING THROUGH PAST ANNUAL QUAKER LECTURES, ALL OF WHICH HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN BOOKLET FORM AND IN PDF FORM ON THIS WEBSITE:
OUR PREVIOUS BOOK, COMPLETED IN JUNE 2020, WAS ...
Publisher's description: There is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. Mlitant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of missionaries and find an eager audience. What has happened? Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong shows that meaning of words such as 'belief', 'faith', and 'mystery' has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God - and, indeed, reason itself - in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing. Does God have a future? Karen Armstrong examines how we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarized world.
PREVIOUS STUDY PROGRAMME - "THE SPIRITUAL ROOTS OF THE QUAKER WAY" JULY TO OCTOBER 2020
This was an exciting new project delivered by Woodbrooke Quaker learning centre in the UK, in partnership with the Asia-West Pacific Section (AWPS) of Friends Worldwide Committee for Consultation. Groups of Friends throughout the AWPS region met weekly to share their responses, reflections and questions in preparation for three-weekly webinars that brought all of these groups together.
In this study programme, we explored the spiritual roots of Quaker practices and concerns. When we understand the founding vision of early Friends, we can trace how the Quaker way has changed over time and consider our own experiences as Quakers today. The programme was made up of four modules.
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Before the Woodbrooke course, we worked through "Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly: Modern Quakers as Everyday Prophets", by Margery Post Abbott - shown below, along with other books we have previously worked through.
"He that studies only men, will get the body of knowledge without the soul; and he that studies only books, the soul without the body. He that to what he sees, adds observation, and to what he reads, reflection, is in the right road to knowledge, provided that in scrutinising the hearts of others, he neglects not his own", Caleb Colton, quoted by Richard Foster in Celebration of Discipline, chapter 5.