(2014 James Backhouse Lecture) The Quakers’ Advices and Queries says to rejoice in the presence of children and recognise their gifts. But how do you share your deepest beliefs with children, while leaving them free to develop as the spirit of God may lead them? This lecture advocates methods such as time in natural outdoor settings and nurturing young leadership and social activism by our kids.
Inspired by famous Quaker leaders who were only children themselves, such as founder George Fox and the children of Reading Meeting, Tracy Bourne addresses these issues and concerns with excitement for the future of the youngest Quakers.
This lecture examines the Quaker tradition of spiritual activism to argue that we need children and young people to energise us and help us prepare for difficult times ahead.
Tracy Bourne is a member of the Victoria Regional Meeting along with her husband Andrew Bray and three children, Emily, Rose and Miles Bray.
She is a singer, singing teacher, theatre maker, and writer with an interest in new work that responds to the environment or to social justice issues.
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