Lancaster Meeting is offering Quakerism 101, based on a curriculum developed some years ago by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. From the PYM description: "Quakerism 101 is designed to familiarize new members and attenders with the faith and practice of Friends, and also to deepen the understanding of long-time members. It is meant both as an opportunity for spiritual growth as as an intellectually stimulating course in which specific information about Quakerism is shared.” Quakerism 101 gives us a shared foundation on which to build; part of the value in doing this as a meeting is to have a mix of new and seasoned members participate. So whether you have never taken Quakerism 101, or perhaps taken it several times, please consider participating.
The course consists of six monthly sessions, and will begin on Oct. 21 after Community Meal, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will meet in October and November, then in January through April. Childcare will be provided, but to assist in planning, please e-mail Anna Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you anticipate attending and needing childcare. Our leader will be Joan Broadfield, from Chester Meeting. Please join us for any or all sessions!
The tentative agenda of topics is as follows:
--Seeking: those who are coming - expectations & review of sessions
--Seeking: the original Friends - and the context of the times (and the Bible)
--Finding: worship- how it began, how it has changed
--"Sufferings": the actions out of worship; action and witness
--Discernment: in community and inward life
--'And from here to the world': what is happening today, including in Quaker organizations.