On Monday 7th December, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre hosted the online launch of my new book, 'Quaker Shaped Christianity'. Over 50 people attended from all over the world. Thank you to everyone who attended! The first part of the launch was recorded and is now available to watch. The recording includes a conversation between myself and Woodbrooke tutor Stuart Masters, followed by a short reading of the book.
I’m presenting the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service again, this time on Wednesday 7th December at 9.45 GMT, BBC Radio 4 LW.
I hear, through social media, the letters page of the Friend, and conversations with Quakers in my Meeting, a steady trickle of Quaker voices rejecting various bits of religious vocabulary, including “prayer”, “faith”, and particularly the word "worship". This is framed in terms of "inclusivity", even "radical inclusivity". The more religious words we eliminate from our vocabulary, the more inclusive we will be of those who are put off by religion. As someone who longs for a rich shared theology, I don't experience it as inclusion.
I'm really pleased to say I’ll be presenting the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service again, this time on Tuesday 1st November at 9.45 GMT, BBC Radio 4 LW.
If you'd like to listen to me on the radio, I'll be presenting the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service on Friday 22 April at 9.45 BST, BBC Radio 4 LW.
Recently, I’ve seen a number of people on social media expressing sadness that Quakers in Britain aren’t at the forefront of campaigning for a particular cause, or against a particular problem. By not taking a collective stand on a moral issue, the Quaker community is falling short of their expectations. I’ve been thinking about why this disappointment might occur, and what I might say to someone who feels this way.