Are you looking for a quick dose of Quakerism to brighten up a winter’s day? Here are four of my favourite bite-size Quaker videos, and pointers to some more substantial content. If you have other favourites, please do share them in the comments below or Tweet us @BathQuakers.
I return again and again to those core themes of compassion and acceptanceKevin’s journey
Two-minute animations of four personal journeys with Quakerism. Each Friend featured has a different journey, but with common themes of community, faith, worship and living. Here’s Kevin’s journey. For all four animations, visit Quaker journeys.
What a thing to sit down and do every week, it gets me so excited, the LightFrom: Quakers and the Light
QuakerSpeak is an amazing collection of short interviews with American Quakers exploring what being Quaker means for them. With a new video released each week, we’re spoilt for choice – Quaker practices, beliefs, activism, history … it’s all covered. Here’s one from their collection of videos for newcomers: Quakers and the Light.
Oh God…let’s talk about my religion: what is Quakerism?
Point is you’ll never get cheated by a Quaker, we’re the ones that get really upset if you give us too much changeJessica Kellgren-Fozard
Jessica Kellgren-Fozard is a vlogger who makes uplifting videos about vintage fashion, living with disabilities and LGBTQ+ awareness. Jessica’s also a Quaker and this is her video introduction to Quakerism. At 21 minutes it’s quite a large ‘bite’, but with a light touch that blows away the sterotype of Quakers as dour and dressed in grey.
What does George Fox say?
Shaggy hair, leather clothes, comes for prayer and steps on toesFrom: What does George Fox say?
Makes me smile every time, though it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea! This parody of Ylvis’ 2013 hit comedy song What does the fox say? from Quaker filmmaker Ben Guaraldi packs the founding insights of the Quaker way into a catchy song-and-dance number.
Looking for something more substantial?
If these have whetted your appetite, and you’re looking for more substantial Quaker content, head over to the veritable treasure trove that is Woodbrooke’s online learning resource library. Here you’ll find a variety of lecture recordings and other resources. There are recordings of Swarthmore Lectures since 2011, including local Friend Diana Francis’ 2015 lecture Faith, Power and Peace. I also recommend the wonderfully named The end of the world, the birth of Quakerism and what happened next – video recordings of Ben Pink Dandelion’s 5 part Quaker studies series for Canadian Yearly Meeting in 2013.
I am not a religious person but I appreciate quakerism. I don’t like the word “worship”, as I can not accept that the almighty being would be so petty as to need or want that. I do appreciate introspection that comes with quaker-type prayer. I like the idea of an benevolent energy that we can spread and strengthen among each other.
Thanks Epi, I find ‘worship’ a difficult word too.
Thank you for sharing these videos. The Quaker Speaks videos are particularly interesting. I am also looking forward to delving into the wealth of content on the Woodbrooke website.
Thanks, happy watching!