A podcast from Quakers in Britain and Woodbrooke.
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.
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
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
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Do Quakers celebrate Christmas? This episode we hear about different Quaker takes on the festive season, discuss why Quakers don't traditionally celebrate Christmas (and how they sometimes do now), and explore ways to approach difficult conversations with family and friends.
Times and seasons: A Quaker reflection on Christmas www.quaker.org.uk/blog/times-and-seasons-a-quaker-reflection-on-christmas
5 ways to disrupt racism: https://youtu.be/Lcd4VXHTR3Y
TOOLKITS FOR ACTION
Having difficult conversations (PDF) www.quaker.org.uk/documents/having-difficult-conversations
Owning power and privilege (PDF) www.quaker.org.uk/documents/owning-power-and-privilege-2nd-edition-october-2018