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Introduction to Week 3

Introduction to week 3
Welcome to the third and last week of our online course about the beginnings of Quakerism and its radical spirituality. In the last two weeks, we’ve explored the events at Pendle Hill and Firbank Fell in May and June, 1652. This week, we see how George Fox continued to travel westward from the Sedbergh area into and around Kendal to Underbarrow and then on to Ulverston. Here, he would meet and convert Margaret Fell and she, in turn, would become one of the key leaders of the Quaker movement. We’ll get to hear of her story and read some of her writing.
I’ll be joined by Betty Hagglund and Stuart Masters, experts on Margaret Fell from Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre to hear of their understanding of her importance. And we’ll see what happens next after those heady months of the summer of 1652. We’ll also look at what kind of religion Quakers are today. They’ll be a quiz, as usual, to round up the week. There’s also a resource list if, after this course, you’d like to take your interest further.

In this video we will take a look forward to the material that we will be covering this week.

We will hear about Fox’s arrival in Ulverston and of Margaret Fell’s response to Fox’s preaching. Her importance as a leader of the Quaker movement will be highlighted by Betty Hagglund and Stuart Masters. In just a matter of weeks after climbing Pendle Hill, Fox’s vision has been realised and consolidated.

We will see what happened to the Quakers after 1652 and also what Quakerism looks like today as a global faith.

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