Links and Resources

The Retreat Lecture

Bronwen Gray - Spirituality, Hope and Community.

The link will take you to Bronwen's article based on her Retreat Lecture. This is reproduced by kind permission of The Friends' Quarterly

Friends Quarterly article - Bronwen Gray


Jane Muers
Friends, meet together and know one another in that which is eternal

Chris Holman - Unobtainable

Susan Mitchell
In Every One: a psychiatrist’s reflections on spirituality

Quakers and Mental Health

 View the Quakers and Mental Health document in more detail:

 Quakers and Mental Health - 30.4.19


  Take Time is a weekend retreat for people who care for someone who needs support becasue of their mental health problems. Caring in this way can be ministry, can be part of our spiritual journey, can be inspirational - and it can be exhausting, frustrating and can lead to despair. This weekend will offer space to reflect, to connect with others and to look after ourselves. There will be worship, time together and optional activities.

If you have oversight responsibilities please think of people in your meeting who might benefit from coming. They may need encouragement to attend - and finiancial support. 

The Benevolent Fund could offer a grant to cover the cost of repsite care, if appropriate.






 Resource List

View more Quaker links, charity websites and book lists


Quaker Life Publications 

Encounters with Mental Distress

£5.00 – available from the Quaker Bookshop

An accompaniment to Encounters with mental distress

by Quaker Life Mental Health in Meetings Cluster - free

Mental Health in Our Meetings Leaflet

by Quaker Life Mental Health in Meeting Cluster - free


Quaker Publications - Quaker Voices

November 2010, Volume 1, Number 6
Richard Summers: Experiencing Something of God 

July 2011
Bronwen Gray: Rose Garden at The Retreat 

March 2013, Volume 4, Number 2
Bronwen Gray: So what makes The Retreat distinctly Quaker?

September 2014, Volume 5, Number 5
Oliver Waterhouse: Quaker Life Big Network Day, Sallie Cooper: Painting the daisies black!, Jane Muers: Towards a Quaker View of Mental Health, Ceri Owen: A Quaker receiving mental health services, Bronwen Gray: A Quaker working in mental health, Peter Allen-Williams: A Carer’s View, Rachel Muers: A Response to day conference, John Miles: Report on Group Task at day conference

September 2016, Volume 7, Number 5
Ross McRae: Meeting the Psychiatrist I call “God”

March 2017, Volume 8, Number 2
Anna Botwright: Rest in Peace, Hilary Botwright: What makes me human?, Rosalind Smith: ‘Rementing’…a fresh look at dementia

July 2017
Joannie Harrison: Being a Quaker Chaplain 

September 2017
Abigail Maxwell: Difficult Feelings, Jason Evans: Living with Schizophrenia

November 2017, Volume 8, Number 6
Dudley Warman: Wordless Dementia


Quaker Publications - The Friends Quarterly

Quakers and Mental Health – Issue 1, 2018 - Single copies are available at £5 + £1 UK or £2 overseas postage; 4 or more copies £3 each UK post free; subscriptions £20 UK £22 overseas. All from Penny Dunn or 020 7663 1178. Subscribe online at: