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1. Reading 'Quaker faith & practice' - Stage 1 Cat No.Q1
About pathways

Pathways, steps and options

As you scroll down a pathway page, you will see that each pathway is made up of a number of linked steps designed to help you progress in your learning about the topic, with several options for learning activities at each step. Some options will be more suited to adults working alone, some to children or young people, and some for all ages together.

It is up to you whether you follow the steps or use the materials as you feel led, and you can always choose to do more than one learning activity from a particular step.

When you click on an option from the list it will expand and show you all the resources that are part of that option or needed for that session. Click again on the option title to close it.

There are four main types of resources:

  • text based resources: click 'view' to preview these in the 'BFT viewer' (which will open in a new tab) or 'download' them as pdfs. If you are using a screen reader you will need to download any pdf file and then open it to read it.
  • links to material on other websites: clicking 'view' will usually take you direct to that online material (opening in a new tab) but occasionally you will come to a BFT information page which has further instructions, for example 'Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'Cosmic Walk'.'
  • video resources: clicking 'view' will either take you to an embedded video player within Being Friends Together (which you can enlarge to full screen) or to the relevant page on another website where you will need to click on the video title, depending what kind of website is hosting the video.
  • audio resources: click 'download' to download the mp3 file to your computer.

Catalogue numbers

Each pathway, option and individual resource in Being Friends Together has its own unique catalogue number, displayed in the top right corner of the screen (and included in option titles). A quick way to find something that you have used before or following a recommendation from a friend is to search for it using its catalogue number: click on 'Catalogue Number Search' at the very top of the screen on any page of Being Friends Together, then type the catalogue number for the pathway, option or individual resource that you are looking for into the search box.

 

Reading Quaker faith & practice invites us to explore Quaker faith & practice through a programme of reading and reflection sessions. We hope to discover together how our book of discipline can speak to our condition and deepen our spiritual lives.


A reading calendar has been produced as a suggestion, a prompt, and an encouragement for individuals and groups to discover the richness to be found within Quaker faith & practice. There are two versions: a 19-month and a 16-week one. Both cover the whole book and can be started at any time. You can find more information about this reading programme here.


Yearly Meeting 2018 agreed to revise book of discipline
Welcoming the decision to revise Quaker faith & practice, Paul Parker, recording clerk said: "Once in a generation, Quakers decide to take a long hard look at our faith, what it means to us, and what we can say about it. Today's bold decision to revise Quaker faith & practice means it's time for us to do that again. It's exciting. We want to hear the insights of younger and more diverse people, and set out how we are a faith fit for the 21st century. I'm looking forward to it."

Suggestions for new content are welcome. Online https://forms.quaker.org.uk/qfp-idea/ or email qfp@quaker.org.uk or write to Revision Committee, Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.

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1. Reading 'Quaker faith & practice' - Stage 1
1. Reading 'Quaker faith & practice' - Stage 1
Introduction
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An introduction and calendar for the Reading Quaker faith & practice programme

1. Reading 'Quaker faith & practice' - Stage 1
Session 1: Personal Journey (Chapter 21)
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Chapter 21 explores aspects of our personal journeys as Friends, including: our youthful experiences, coming to know and accept ourselves, living a full life, creativity, getting older, and our approaches to death, suffering and healing.

A group session focusing on Chapter 21 and the theme of Personal Journey for up to 15 people, with options for longer or shorter sessions, and different response activities to allow for a variety of learning styles and preferences

 

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Session 2: Social Responsibility (Chapter 23)
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A group session focusing on Chapter 23 and the theme of Social Responsibility for up to 15 people, with options for longer or shorter sessions, and different response activities to allow for a variety of learning styles and preferences

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Session 3: General Counsel on Church Affairs (Chapter 3)
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Session 4: Approaches to God - worship and prayer (Chapter 2)
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Session 5: Other Quaker groupings & Yearly Meeting (Chapters 5&6)
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