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charney small group

Informal groups

The groups below are currently not meeting due to Covid-19, but we are continuing with online Study Groups. Contact us for more information at   blackheathquakers@gmail.org.uk. 

See the calendar for details. 

In time, we hope to resume our small group meetings such as: 

Exploring Spiritual Paths
The group meets to explore, expand and deepen individual spiritual journeys. 
Themes can include:
  • Christianity and the Quaker journey
  • Quaker tolerance: how far?
  • Upholding the Quaker Peace Testimony
  • Simplicity in a complex consumer society
  • Spiritual perspectives on living and dying
  • The spiritual paths of other faiths
  • Events/people that have significantly shifted your spiritual journey.

Book Group
The book group reads a ange of books, from occasional non-fiction to poetry and fiction and contemporary/classical. We  consider their interest, pleasures and ultimate value for us as individual Friends. As members of the Quaker community, we tend to choose books that offer more than fleeting entertainment, and they may have a specific Quaker relevance.

Recent choices have included:
  • The Lives of Animals by C.J. Coetzee
  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
  • Adam Bede by George Eliot
  • The Music Room by William Fiennes
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Camberwell Beauty and other Stories by V.S. Pritchett
We have also had several evenings of poetry reading.
 
Healing Group
Sessions of the healing group take the form of a collective meditation in which we send healing thoughts to those suffering from illness or difficult life situations. This includes both named individuals and groups of people in general. It may also include animals and situations, such as conflicts, natural disasters, etc.

We do not pray for particular outcomes but simply ‘tune into’ the Holy Spirit so that we may be channels of its healing power.

The group is affiliated to the Friends Fellowship of Healing, a national Quaker charity dedicated to the promotion of the healing ministry.