“Quakerism 101” is a basic course for adults providing information on the Quaker way of doing things, and historical background on the ways that Quakerism developed from the mid-1600s to today. There will be opportunities in the course to discuss beliefs, describe one’s own experience, and to share perspectives with others in the group. The course will be presented by Nancy Howell, and discussions and questioning will be initiated by Bond Perry, both of our meeting. All who attend are expected to participate, as they feel led.
The schedule includes 6 sessions, of about one and a half hours each, after worship, at Iona House in Calusa Nature center, Fort Myers on Ortiz Avenue.
The dates are January 21 and 28, February 18 and 25, and March 18 and 25, starting about noon and ending about 1:30.
The target audience is members of our meeting, both newcomers and some seasoned Friends, with perhaps a few guests of friends with no background in Quakerism who are particularly interested. The curriculum to be followed is based upon a version produced by Shirley Dodson of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Adult Religious Education Committee, in the 1990s.
The topics for the six sessions are: 1) Seekers and Finders: the Experience of Early Friends; 2) The Light Within; 3) Quaker Universalism; 4) Worship and Ministry; 5) Living in the Light: Quaker Witness; 6) Getting Down to Business.
There will be Xeroxed readings for each session and suggestions for further readings for those who wish to do so. To reserve a spot, contact Nancy Howell (239-888-9304; firstname.lastname@example.org)
There is no cost for attending.
Our annual retreat is the weekend of February 3-4. This is an opportunity to deepen our spiritual awareness and sense of community. More details are coming. The sessions will take place at Iona House in Calusa Nature Center, Fort Myers on Ortiz Avenue.