A one-credit, hour-long class, Friends Colloquium meets weekly and examine a Quaker text or some aspect of Quaker faith and practice. Topics have included diversity among Friends, Friends' use of creative writing, and Quakers and the Bible. Previous texts have included Quakers in America, Walk Worthy of Your Calling and The Quaker Bible Reader.
Spiritual Practices of Friends:
Michael Birkel is teaching the fall 2011 course in Quaker spiritual practices, with almost twenty students representing many parts of our student body. Michael explains, “The focus of Friends Colloquium changes every time it is offered. The focus this semester is on Quaker spiritual practices. We’ve been exploring Meeting for Worship, queries, discernment, and Clearness Committees; we are now turning to journal keeping. We are fortunate to have such engaged students in the class and the spirits are high!”