A podcast from Quakers in Britain featuring people talking about ideas, faith and activism. A Quaker Take explores a range of issues in Britain and internationally.

Relaunched as A Quaker Take, find new episodes or listen to previous episodes of Q:Witness from this page.

A Quaker Take

    Episodes

    Show notes

    On Christmas

    Do Quakers celebrate Christmas? This episode we hear about different Quaker takes on the festive season, discuss why Quakers don't traditionally celebrate Christmas (and how they sometimes do now), and explore ways to approach difficult conversations with family and friends.

    BLOG
    Times and seasons: A Quaker reflection on Christmas www.quaker.org.uk/blog/times-and-seasons-a-quaker-reflection-on-christmas

    VIDEO
    5 ways to disrupt racism: youtu.be/Lcd4VXHTR3Y

    TOOLKITS FOR ACTION
    Having difficult conversations (PDF)

    Owning power and privilege (PDF)

    On parenting

    In this episode Jon and Elizabeth talk to two Quaker parents, one non-Quaker parent and two people raised by Quakers to find out what the common experiences are.

    Quaker Parenting Facebook group

    Resources for Quaker parents

    Find events for children and young people

    On allyship

    What does it mean to be an ally? What does it mean to practise allyship?

    In this episode we discuss allyship and solidarity with Tatiana Garavito, Sanctuary Everywhere Programme Manager. We also discuss the history of Quaker abolitionist thought with historian Marcus Rediker.

    Power and privilege toolkit (PDF)

    Healing Justice podcast

    The Fearless Benjamin Lay by Marcus Rediker

    Answering that of God in everyone: A national gathering on diversity and inclusion, 18–20 Jan 2019, Birmingham

    On God

    Five Quakers discuss their take on God, spirituality and Quaker faith.

    ARTICLES
    The Quakers are right, we don't need God – Simon Jenkins.
    And some letters in response.

    Telling our stories: exploring the Quaker way – Alistair Fuller.

    BOOK
    God, words and us: Quakers in conversation about religious difference
    Quaker faith & practice (online version)

    PODCAST
    The Sacred Podcast
    CBC Tapestry interview with Paul Parker – discussing faith and the revision of Quaker faith & practice

    On peace education

    Discussing peace education and nuclear weapons we join peace poet, Antony Owen, CND peace educator Owen Everett, and Quaker staff Ellis Brooks and Sahdya Darr to reflect on the role of peace education in encouraging critical thinking.

    Find out more

    Antony Owen: antonyowenpoetry.wordpress.com

    CND peace education
    England: cnduk.org/education
    Scotland: www.peaceeducationscotland.org
    Wales: walesforpeace.org or www.cymdeithasycymod.org.uk

    Action you can take
    Peace education resources: www.quaker.org.uk/teachpeace
    ICAN Parliamentary Pledge: http://uk.icanw.org/projects/appeal/

    What we're reading
    Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy Briefs: centreforfeministforeignpolicy.org
    Barracoon: http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk/Barracoon-The-Story-...
    Millennium: http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk
    Trans Britain: http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk/Trans-Britain-our-jo...
    Quaker Centre Bookshop events: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/quaker-centre-books...

    PS. We haven't got rid of Quaker faith & practice either, we've just decided to revise it www.quaker.org.uk/blog/revision-of-the-book-of-discipline-what-happens-now

    About 'A Quaker Take'

    Britain Yearly Meeting works on Quaker concerns nationally and internationally and on many issues there is a specific Quaker take. But on others there are lots of different thoughts and views. Here is our chance to explore those different viewpoints. We'll be hearing about lots of different issues that Quakers care about, trying to give space to hear from new people as well – and not just Quakers.

    If you have a comment or question about the show, please feel free to tweet using the hashtag #AQuakerTake and we'll be able to respond. Or get in touch using the details below.

    Music by Adam Janota Bzowski.

    Artwork by Sam Ailey.

    Suggest a topic

    Got ideas for an episode of A Quaker Take? Or a book recommendation? We'd love to hear from you! Get in touch with Elizabeth on elizabethp@quaker.org.uk or share your thoughts with us on Twitter @BritishQuakers.

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    Contact us

    Elizabeth Payne
    Communications Coordinator
    020 7663 1158
    elizabethp@quaker.org.uk