Guild Inspiration – The Clapham Circle
We’ve used this word “guild” because we’re interested in reconstructing a historical form of community that focused on deepening craft through community and had significant influence on society, alongside the church, family, and government.
Around the turn of the 19th century, The Clapham Circle — most famously connected with William Wilberforce — came together to birth and support over 65 campaigns and societies.
This “network of friends and families in England . . . who were powerfully bound together by their shared moral and spiritual values, by their religious mission and social activism, and by their love for each other” came together, steadily reshaping their society. They worshipped and worked together over decades, abolishing the slave trade, reforming education, working against animal cruelty, and funding Bible translation and evangelism.
In its most ambitious form, launching a Praxis Guild is an opportunity to ‘plant’ a 21st Century Clapham Circle.