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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.

Before you start thinking about the shape or content of your learning sessions, you may find it helpful to browse through the resources in this 'Ways of Working' area. You'll find here information and suggestions about ways of working together, including guidance on facilitating a learning group, essential practical preparations you'll need to consider before you get started and guides to reflective group processes such as worship sharing. You'll also see that there is an outline for a suggested introductory session for any pathway or series of sessions, which you can tailor to fit your needs, and an optional concluding session too.
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Ways of Working
Ways of Working
Practical preparations
This section offers guidance about essential practical preparations you'll need to consider before you start your learning sessions.
Ways of Working
Guidelines for facilitators
This section offers guidance on facilitating a learning group, including general facilitator guidance, more detailed guidance from Hearts and Minds Prepared, a simple, handy checklist for preparing a session, group learning agreements, notes on facilitating a tender issue and notes about support from elders for your learning.
Ways of Working
Individual or 1:1 reflective processes
This section includes guides for individual or 1:1 reflective processes including journalling, a creative response using clay or salt dough and working with a spiritual friend or learning companion.
Ways of Working
Introductory and concluding sessions
This section includes an outline for a suggested introductory session for any pathway or series of sessions, which you can tailor to fit your needs, and an optional concluding session too. You can download group learning agreements from the 'Guidelines for facilitators' section above.
Ways of Working
Philosophy for Communities for Quakers

Philosophy for Communities is a way of creating a community of enquiry to think and reason together. It provides a group with a structure to participate in rigorous discussion about questions that matter. Equality, integrity and authenticity are core to the method.

This resource pack consists of eight sections which together give you an introduction to the approach, its relevance in a Quaker setting, and practical information about facilitating a P4C enquiry. It was developed by Rosie Carnall as part of her Eva Koch scholarship at Woodbrooke in 2018. It aims to provide experienced Quaker facilitators with an accessible introduction to making using of P4C in the Quaker context. It is recommended to experience taking part in an enquiry before facilitating one – email to find out more about opportunities to do this.
“P4C” is used interchangeably for Philosophy for Communities or Children throughout.