Nontheist Friends Network invites you to a monthly Quaker Meeting followed by Creative Conversation. Each meeting hopes to offer a different topic, shaking the Quaker kaleidoscope and perhaps shining a light on different ways of looking at our (more) traditional ideas.
By Zoom on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00pm UK time. All are welcome. (Zoom Room opens at 6:45PM, please arrive early.)
Like all Quaker Meetings , these are open to everyone: Quaker or not, ‘theist’ or ‘nontheist’, ‘religious’ or not. So we look forward to seeing you there. (Scroll down for recordings of past presentations).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Interested in presenting a ‘Creative Conversation’? All are welcome to share their ideas with the MfW Working group: Gisela Creed, John Senior, William Purser, and Kiera Faber. Email email@example.com.
At the AGM on 17 February 2022, Kiera and William talked about the Creative Conversations and about plans to shift the format towards giving space for discussions around a leading question, where Friends can raise their concerns and receive thoughtful answers. If you have any ideas or questions to offer in this regard, please email them as above. Further details published 17 April 2022 here: QM+CC new format 2022.
This will begin from 5th May 2022 with “How do I, a nontheist Quaker, relate to deeply Christian Quakers?”
2nd June’s QM+CC will introduce the concern, “Humanists and Quakers – How do we differ, and what are the similarities – an interactive evening”. Friends may find David Boulton’s QUG pamphlet ‘The Faith of a Quaker Humanist’ interesting reading in preparation for this session.
QM+CC intends to take July and August off. We will resume in September.
Recordings of past Presenters 2021-22:
4 March: John Senior, ‘Seeking the Light – is Fox still relevant?’ (12 mins, 9Mb mp3)
1 April: William Purser, ‘Fox to Opium via Marx….?’ (28 mins, 20Mb mp3)
6 May: Philip Gross, ‘The language of poetry, and creative uses of the word ‘God’’ (Feedback and texts here)(14 mins, 10Mb mp3)
2 September: Martin Barker, Does prayer work? Evidence from science and the human experience (26 mins, 19MB mp3)
7 October: Howard Grace, The heart of our shared humanity (21 mins, 15Mb mp3)
4 November: tom kunesh, When non-theism isn’t enough: a marxian moral imperative (14 mins, 10Mb mp3)
2 Dececember: Kiera Faber,(where you will now find a timed transcript of her talk with thumbnails of the cyanotypes in place, and the audio file), Drawing Silence in Art (18 mins, 13Mb mp3)(Cyanotype images here: http://www.kierafaber.com/Drawing_Silence)
6 January, 2022: Piers Maddox, Path of rightness in time of civilisational change (16 mins, 12Mb mp3)(script here)
3 February, 2022: John Richter, On the Edge of Quakers (18 mins, 13Mb mp3) (Transcript here).
3 March, 2022: David Boulton, Friends and the Secular World (25 mins, 18Mb mp3) (Transcript here (Word.doc)).
7 April, 2022: David Parlett, A Theist Cuckoo in the Nontheist Nest
(29 mins, 21Mb mp3)
• Zoom Room opens at 6:45PM, please arrive early.
• 7PM: Welcome and Quaker Meeting: approximately 20 minutes for quietly gathering ourselves and connecting.
• Creative Conversation: up to 20 minutes for presentation or raising a question.
• Open discussion: up to 40 minutes for creative exchanges, expressions, and reactions; hopefully fostering community and fellowship.
• Conclusion: ending with a few moments gathered in silence.
• Friendly chat: 20 minutes for socializing for interested Friends in small group breakout rooms