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A podcast from Quakers in Britain and Woodbrooke.

A Quaker Take Quakers in Britain and Woodbrooke

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 24 Ratings

A podcast from Quakers in Britain and Woodbrooke.

    On reparations: what are reparations?

    On reparations: what are reparations?

    What are reparations? And what’s the role of faith communities in this conversation?

    We speak to Edwina Peart, Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator, and Rebecca Woo, Campaigns Coordinator, about the reparations conversation that is just beginning amongst British Quakers.
    Find links to Woodbrooke courses and other resources at: www.quaker.org.uk/reparations
    Swarthmore Lecture: www.woodbrooke.org.uk/swarthmore
    Ann Morgan, on Lancaster Quaker involvement in slave economies: https://youtu.be/RiC39-UepCE
    Join the climate justice year of learning: www.quaker.org.uk/efcj
    Richard Reddie (2007) Abolition
    Adrienne Maree Brown (2019) Pleasure Activism: https://bookshop.quaker.org.uk/Pleasure-Activism-The-Politics-of-Feeli_9781849353267
    Verene Shepherd, Sam Sharpe lecture 2019: https://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/564908/Sam_Sharpe_Lecture.aspx
    Others mentioned: Brené Brown, Hilary Beckles

    • 35 min
    On the Bible

    On the Bible

    How do Quakers read and interpret the Bible? This episode we hear from Mark Russ, Rhiannon Grant, Peterson Toscano and Timothy Ashworth for their takes on the Bible. We discuss how Quakers have read scripture over the centuries, how we can engage with it now and look at how Biblical texts can help us explore Quaker concerns today.
    This is our first joint Woodbrooke/Quakers in Britain episode of the podcast. Mark Russ, Rhiannon Grant and Timothy Ashworth are tutors at Woodbrooke. Find out more about Woodbrooke courses, including discounts and bursaries (such as 50% off for 18–35s), by visiting www.woodbrooke.org.uk/learn.
    During the Coronavirus lockdown, you can watch two of Peterson Toscano’s films for free at https://petersontoscano.com/saucy-seriousfree-stuff-stream/
    • Transfigurations—Gender Outlaws in the Bible
    • Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House

    The full performance lecture, Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible, (film plus commentary) is available on Amazon Prime UK. A free study guide is available at: https://petersontoscano.com/portfolio/transfigurations/

    Even before the Coronavirus global pandemic, Peterson was isolating at home producing podcasts including Citizens Climate Radio, Bubble&Squeak, and Bible Bash Podcast with co-host Liam Hooper.
    We incorrectly named the author of Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance. Our apologies for that, the author is C Wess Daniels.
    Books can be ordered via the Quaker Centre Bookshop at bookshop.quaker.org.uk.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    On sex

    On sex

    What do Quakers think and sex, sexuality and spirituality? How do we talk to young people about sex, consent and boundaries?

    In this bumper episode we interview author Lucy-Anne Holmes about her sexual and spiritual experiences, and talk to David Brockway from the Good Lad Initiative and researcher and lecturer Elsie Whittington about relationships and sex education with young people.

    - Don’t hold my head down by Lucy-Anne Holmes https://bookshop.quaker.org.uk/Dont-Hold-My-Head-Down_9781783526215
    - The Good Lad Initiative https://www.goodladinitiative.com/
    - Elsie Whittington https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/sociology/staff/profile/index.php?id=3799
    - Quaker faith & practice (Chapters 22 and 16 in particular) https://qfp.quaker.org.uk/
    - Woodbrooke https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/
    - Quakers and same-sex marriage https://www.quaker.org.uk/marriage-equality
    - Quaker theology and same-sex marriage (PDF) https://www.quaker.org.uk/documents/we-are-but-witnesses-2009


    • 1 hr 29 min
    On climate activism

    On climate activism

    It’s part 2 of A Quaker Take on climate change and we’ve got interviews with Elinor from Extinction Rebellion Jews, Quakers involved in the school strikes, as well as excerpts of a recording of a talk with Greta Thunberg, Anna Taylor and Caroline Lucas on the new climate movement. With thanks to The Guardian for the new climate movement recording!
    Extinction Rebellion Jews
    Find XR Jews on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/xrjews.
    The Climate Justice Seder was run by Yael Tischler, the second woman outside North America to be ordained as a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess). She is also part of Yelala, which creates inspiring earth-based feminist Jewish rituals and practices in the UK. www.yelala.co.uk
    The XR Jews 10 climate plagues leaflet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XmU_MEde4z2G8vNrAyZDJcd4syQ4i2-P/view?usp=sharing
    XR Jews seder in the Jewish Chronicle - https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/climate-change-protesters-to-hold-demonstration-seder-in-westminster-tomorrow-1.483107
    Rabbi Daniel Lichman reflects on XR: https://www.willesdenminyan.com/blog/humanity-hope-the-fight-for-freedom-rabbi-daniel-reflects-on-extinction-rebellion
    Engaging with people of colour on climate justice: http://gal-dem.com/this-is-what-extinction-rebellion-must-do-to-engage-with-people-of-colour-on-climate-justice/
    Greta Thunberg and Anna Taylor
    UK student climate network: https://ukscn.org/
    The new climate movement talk was held in partnership with the UK Student Climate Network, Greenpeace UK, Amnesty UK, Campaign against Climate Change, Friends of the Earth, the Guardian Live, 350.org, NUS, Policy Connect, 10:10 Climate Action, Parents4Future, Quakers in Britain, WWF and the APPG on Climate Change. Here’s the full talk: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2019/apr/23/greta-thunberg-anna-taylor-and-caroline-lucas-on-the-new-climate-movement-guardian-live
    Quaker links
    How to work with local government (PDF) https://www.quaker.org.uk/documents/local-government-a-guide-for-quakers
    Find @EarthEconQuaker on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EarthEconQuaker
    Swarthmore lecture: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/learn/about/swarthmore-lecture/

    • 59 min
    On climate change

    On climate change

    What’s the Quaker part in the wider climate movement? Why are faith groups so involved in taking action to tackle climate breakdown?

    In part 1 we talk to Susanna Mattingly from Friends Worlds Committee for Consultation (the international Quaker body) about what that looks like in different parts of the world. fwcc.world/sustainability

    We also talk to Olivia Hanks about the Quakers in Britain take on the climate crisis. To join the mass lobby of parliament on 26 June email Philip Wood philipw@quaker.org.uk www.quaker.org.uk/sustainability. Find them on Twitter @EarthEconQuaker or as Quaker faith in action on Facebook.

    Subscribe to listen to part 2 'A Quaker Take on climate activism' where we talk to a founder of Extinction Rebellion Jews, hear from young Quakers involved in climate strikes, and some fresh takes on climate justice from lots of different activists.

    Or check out the playlist of other climate and economic episodes: https://soundcloud.com/qwitness/sets/earth-and-economy podcast

    • 54 min
    On immigration

    On immigration

    What's the Quaker position on immigration and why? What are Quakers doing to tackle some of the injustices in the current system?

    Asking some of the most common questions, we discuss the Quaker position on immigration with Tatiana Garavito, Jessica Metheringham and Bridget Walker. We talk about why it's not just about refugees and asylum seekers, and how we can all work together to tackle the injustices in the UK's current immigration system.

    Further info on Quaker work: http://www.quaker.org.uk/sanctuary and http://www.qarn.org.uk/homepage/

    More information about immigration detention: http://detentionforum.org.uk/

    Power and privilege toolkit (PDF): http://www.quaker.org.uk/documents/owning-power-and-privilege-2nd-edition-october-2018

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

AdventureGameFan ,

Broadened my understanding

Varied speakers and topics, always interesting, always uplifting and often challenging.

Joe5739 ,

Informative and inspiring

Its a great, well-produced podcasts which takes a deep look at some of the work Quakers do.

jammermaisy ,


As this doesn’t represent the genuine Society of friends , who do seek the inner light and who are a Christian body , it has to be taken from the viewpoint of distorted mindset and version of Quakerism.
In the episode about G-d a genuine Quaker podcast who affirm the Triune G-d and that Christ is their Lord and King and this belief which all quakers till the mid 19th century confessed as indeed George Fox the founder of the quakers, who wouldn’t recognize the people in this podcast as friends

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