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Register Now for Online Webinar: Leadership Amongst Friends

Dear Friends, I am co-facilitating an online course for Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, UK on Leadership Amongst Friends with Zélie Gross and John Gray, two British Quakers. The six-week course runs from 20 April to 31 May 2020.

I’d like to invite you to consider joining us this year if you are interested in spending some time thinking through your own leadership practices and what insights can be gained from leadership theory as well as the Quaker tradition.

Here is what we’ll be looking into:

How does leadership work in our non-hierarchical Society of Friends, and what does it mean to take a lead when working in relationship with others? This course is for anyone across our programmed and unprogrammed traditions who is interested in questions of leading and building a participatory community within a Quaker context.

The structure of the course will be three modules focused on:

  1. Leadership and the self, led by Wess Daniels
  2. Quaker distinctives in leadership, led by John Gray
  3. Leadership in Quaker communities, led by Zélie Gross

Each two-week module offers the unique contribution of a course leader’s experience and skills, but all three of us will be participating in the discussion forums and we have been working closely to develop the curriculum for this course. Alongside a live webinar in each module, the course offers a great range of audio visual and written materials for you to engage with, and activities to help you reflect on your own leadership experience and develop your practice.

I think this course is a really exceptional offering in the Quaker world and am very excited to get to participate in it with Zélie and John. 

More on the course:

The cost of the course is £38.00/$53

This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 2-3 hours a week.

All three modules will go live a week before the start date, so you can plan your own approach and work with the course materials in any order you choose.

This course is intended for Quakers and others who have an interest in Quaker leadership, across our programmed and unprogrammed traditions. You may or may not be in an appointed or employed leadership role.

For more information and the online booking form visit the course webpage.

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Returning to Woodbrooke

It’s been really nice to return to Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center this past week. I’ve been here now for about a week and a half and have just about that much time left in the UK before I make a return trip to Ohio for a little vacation with the family. The familiarity of returning here, having friends I looked forward to seeing, and having actual conferences, as well as studying to do has made it even more fun to be in Birmingham than last year, albeit also very busy. I’ve been spending my mornings getting up around 8am, eating breakfast, going to morning worship and then studying until about 4 or 5pm, doing dinner and then meeting up with friends.

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Presenting on Convergent Friends at FAHE in June

 So much for a really creative title! It was the best I could think of at this hour. Anyways, Last year at this time I was living in Birmingham England, away from my pregnant wife, finishing up my first year of doctoral studies and working on Quaker theology with a guy named Pink (see my three posts here). Needless to say a lot has happened since that time, and a lot has happened because of that time. As a result of my project I did with “Ben” (Pink) this past summer, and because of his encouragement, I applied to present on convergent Friends for the Friends Association for Higher Education conference happening at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center this June. I was really excited to see that my proposal was accepted and am now in the midst of preparing for that presentation. I don’t have any fancy titles for the workshop I’ll be doing just yet, but a couple ideas are: