Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sam Barnett-Cormack's Openings

I would like to share this blog with you. It is Called Openings by Sam Barnett-Cormack.
He is a young Quaker from Lancaster. These writings are writing as ministry.

You will find his blog VIA THIS LINK











He covers  wide range of subjects, and have found them, helpful, moving, thoughtful [Maura]

I will add that he is looking for patroens - there is more information about him on his blog.

Today's reading 18/02/2018

Advices & Queries 12
When you are preoccupied and distracted in meeting let wayward and disturbing thoughts give way quietly to your awareness of God’s presence among us and in the world. Receive the vocal ministry of others in a tender and creative spirit. Reach for the meaning deep within it, recognising that even if it is not God’s word for you, it may be so for others. Remember that we all share responsibility for the meeting for worship whether our ministry is in silence or through the spoken word.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

What is to be done about Universa Credit?


Universal Credit is the biggest shake-up in social security in a generation.

With more than 400,000 households in Wales expected to be claiming Universal Credit by 2022, it is vital to find out how it operates and how it could affect households in your area.

15th March 2018
9.00 – 13.00
Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff

This half-day conference is a great opportunity for stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors to learn what we know about the roll-out of Universal Credit and the impact of the changes on claimants.  You’ll also be able to share ideas about how to make Universal Credit work as well as possible.
this came to us via Cytun & SWAM

Sunday, 11 February 2018

February 11th 2018 today's reading

[before a meeting for church affairs]
paragraphs 3 & 4 of Faith & Practice 10.03:

Our sense of community does not depend on all professing identical beliefs, for it grows from worshipping together, knowing one another, loving one another, accepting responsibilities, sharing and working together. We will be helped by tried and tested Quaker methods and procedures, but the meeting will only live if we develop a sense of community, which includes children and adults alike. If all those who belong to our meeting are lovingly cared for, the guidance of the spirit will be a reality. The celebration and commemoration of life’s great events draw us together as we share the occasion and rejoice or mourn with one another.
Our shared experience of waiting for God’s guidance in our meetings for worship and for church affairs, together with careful listening and gentleness of heart, forms the basis on which we can live out a life of love with and for each other and for those outside our community.
Link to chapter 10 Quaker Faith & Practice.

Monday, 5 February 2018

February 2018 notices from British Yearly Meeting / Quakers in Britain


Books of the month link to PDF
Woodbrooke Upcoming Courses February 2018 link to pdf
Swarthmoor Hall 2018 Programme Guide link to pdf
Young Quakers Calendar link to pdf  
 
Gatherings & conferences
Yearly Meeting 2018
All Friends (whether in membership or not) are invited to participate in Yearly Meeting
to be held at Friends House, London from 4–7 May 2018. Enclosed in this mailing is the calling letter with registration details. Please circulate this letter to as many Friends in your meeting as possible.
 
Keynote speaker at QPSW Spring Conference announced
23–25 March, The Hayes conference centre, Derbyshire
The keynote speaker at the QPSW Spring Conference will be Elsie Whittington. Her keynote title is “Awkwardness as activism: embracing vulnerability in love, activism and witness”. The Spring Conference theme is ‘Journeys of Witness’.
Booking deadline extended to 11 February!
Kristin Skarsholt, bymevents@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1121
 
 
Sign up to new e-newsletter
Get the best of Britain Yearly Meeting’s digital content
Quake! is the new monthly email update on the work of Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) and Quakers in Britain. It will include discussion
and exploration of Quaker life and worship, insights into faith-based activism, and links to new publications as well as the latest news, events and public statements from BYM. This newsletter replaces the Quaker Life Network monthly email and aims to provide an essential monthly digest of the best of our digital content.
Sign up to Quake! HERE
 
 
Meetings and mental health
Friends Quarterly Quakers and mental health
The theme of the current Friends Quarterly. is mental health with articles written by Quakers from a range of perspectives. A complimentary copy has been sent to us.
Oliver Waterhouse, oliverw@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1007
 
New leaflet: Mental health in our meetings
Quaker Life has just published this new leaflet on mental health in
our meetings. It offers advice and guidance to help meetings respond when mental distress is present. It is a helpful resource for those with responsibility for eldership and oversight and useful for all Quakers to be aware of. A copy is available in Meeting and we can order more.
 
Spiritual life of the meeting
Experiment with Light
Quaker Life recognises that for some Friends, Experiment with Light can be a powerful way of deepening their spiritual life. Experience has shown that the practice contributes best to the life of the meeting when it is undertaken in a group that is in the care of the meeting and supported by elders. In 2018 Experiment with Light Network offers opportunities for people with a range of experience of the practice.
Friends can find out about the practice from a very basic level of understanding or, as a practitioner, might wish to be immersed in a 24-hour retreat, or local meetings might request a workshop.
 
Outreach
Quaker Week 2018
29 September 7 October 2018
Have you started planning your outreach for Quaker Week 2018?
We hope even more meetings will get involved this year. Details of the theme, ideas for activities and a range of resources will be shared over the next few months. There will be regular updates in the clerks mailing and information on the Quaker Week web page. Remember for outreach to be most effective you may need to go out into your local community rather that expecting people to cross the threshold of the meeting house.
 
Children and young people
Growing as an all age community?
There are opportunities for meetings to be helped and supported in developing as all age communities. These are: hosting one of a range of workshops, considering how the new ‘All are welcome’ resource can be used and inviting a facilitator to an area / local meeting event. These are offered by the volunteer Children and Young People’s Work Training Team, supported by Quaker Life staff.
CYP administrator, cypadmin@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1013
 
 
Grants
Adult Education grants available
Grants are available for Quaker members and attenders continuing their education as mature students within the post-compulsory education sector, including vocational, further or higher education or continuing professional development. The grants are particularly
aimed at those studying to equip themselves to serve society and/or Quakers in Britain. Applicants should be in need of financial support to take the course and the course should be offered at a reputable institution within the UK. Please see the grant-making page of the Quakers in Britain website HERE
Closing date 30 April.
Ann Pfeiffer annp@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1053
 
Quaker witness
Quakers challenging torture
With this new leaflet Quaker Concern for the Abolition of Torture
(Q-CAT) hopes to raise awareness of the continuing scourge that is torture in the world today, what Quakers can do about this problem and how to find out more and get involved. (Erratum: the word ‘use’ is missing at the end of ‘Quakers and Torture section in printed copy that we have.)


 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Service of Remembrance for All Victims of War

Narberth Quakers will be holding their annual Service of Remembrance for All Victims of War from a multi faith viewpoint on November 11th in Narberth at the Landsker Cross, Narberth

As it falls on Armistice Day we will gather in time to start with a two minute silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. We will be offering readings, poetry, prayers, insights from a range of faiths.  

All are welcome – whether of any faith or none!  

On Friday 10th November there will be a table with white poppies in Narberth, in the car park entrance by Span Arts 10.00 Р14.00. Donations to M̩decins Sans Fronti̬res/Doctors without Borders.

Landsker Cross: crossroads where Station Road, Spring Gardens, Jesse Road (A478) and St. James Street (A478) meet





Monday, 11 September 2017

September Notices from Friends House


Books of the Month September 2017 from the Quaker Centre Bookshop. LINK

Woodbrooke upcoming courses: Upcoming events and courses September 2017 LINK.

Among Friends Issue 139, Summer 2017 [I find this broader look at Quakers of Europe & Middle East interesting MH]
This issue includes: the epistle and photos of EMES Annual Meeting in Bonn; the epistle of Nordic Yearly Meeting; reports of Church & Peace AGM and Central European Gathering; news from Woodbrooke and QCEA.Paper copy available in Meeting LINK to PDF version

 
Earth and Economy Issue 10, Summer 2017 Economic Issues, Sustainability & Peace Programmes from Quaker Peace & Social Witness.
This issue includes a look at movement- building, plus updates on fossil fuel divestment, new economy work and the support available to meetings wishing to take action.Paper copy available in Meeting  LINK to PDF version

 
Swarthmoor Hall 2018 Residential Programme Preview
A handy guide to the Swarthmoor Hall programme in 2018. Courses cover early Quaker history & spirituality, vocal ministry and Quaker Theology. Swarthmoor Hall also runs retreats and Quaker pilgrimages. New for 2018 is a pilgrimage for German speakers.  LINK to PDF
There will be a copy available at Meeting, but if you would like one for yourself contact info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk

 
Engaging with Families an event for elders, overseers and other interested Friends
Saturday 11 November 2017, Friends House, London & Saturday 2 December 2017, Lancaster Meeting House
An event bringing together elders, overseers and others to explore how meetings might engage imaginatively with families and encourage them on their spiritual journeys. Each day will include short presentations with opportunities to take part in open and creative conversations in small groups. We don’t aim to provide simple answers or identify the ‘next new thing’ to do. Together we will think deeply about how our Quaker meetings might reach out to, connect with and be enriched by families. The day is free, including refreshments and lunch. Advanced booking essential: book by 30 October for London and by 20 November for Lancaster.


For booking details see https://forms.quaker.org.uk/families or contact 020 7663 1013, cypadmin@quaker.org.uk

 
God, Words and Us
A book about Quakers in conversation about religious difference is coming soon. It may help with your meeting’s spiritual preparation for Yearly Meeting 2018.
Quaker Centre Bookshop, www.quaker.org.uk/resources/bookshop 020 7663 1030/1125, quakercentre@quaker.org.uk £8

 
Sharing our treasures at Woodbrooke!
17–19 November 2017, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
How are we nourished and nurtured to live out our Quaker faith in the world? What keeps us grounded and feeds our inner lives? How do we tell our stories and share our experience with others: in our meetings and in our lives? Reflective, practical and experiential,
this weekend will be an opportunity to explore and deepen our own spiritual practice. We will experience and experiment with ways of deepening our encounters and gain some ideas to help us share our life stories and Quaker journey with others. Led by Alistair Fuller, Gill Sewell and Caro Humphries.
Bookings and details at https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/ something-to-be-treasured-something-to-be-shared/

 
Join the QLN Network Outreach Cluster
Are you part of the Outreach Cluster of the Quaker Life Network? We hope every meeting will have at least one Friend signed up for the outreach cluster newsletter! Get regular updates on leaflets, posters, outreach initiatives and read stories of other meetings’ activities.
These regular emails also share information, tips and opportunities for sharing outreach experience! Keep up to date with Quakers in Britain outreach, be inspired and have a chance to share your challenges and successes with other Quakers.

 
You can be a Sanctuary Meeting
The Quakers’ new national migrants’ rights programme has launched. Any local or area meeting that wants to can become a Sanctuary Meeting. If you want to become a Sanctuary Meeting, you will be supported through training, networking and retreats to help welcome newcomers to Britain, build alliances against racism and work together for political change. LINK to Q&A FLYER
Send any questions or indeed your decision to become a Sanctuary Meeting to sanctuary@quaker.org.uk

 
QPSW Relief grant and Simmons grant applications open next month
 
QPSW Relief grants of up to £4,000 per year for a maximum of three years will be available for projects both overseas and in the UK for peace-building, and addressing relief of people who are suffering as a result of social and economic deprivation, natural disasters,
climate change, war or conflict but not immediate crisis relief. Simmons grants of about £1,500 for one year will be available to aid Quakers’ support / involvement in overseas projects helping rural young people become self-sufficient, or with a similar educational purpose. The deadline for applications is the end of February. 020 7663 1053, annp@quaker.org.uk
 
 
FWCC peace calendar
Friends World Committee for Consultation and the Quaker Arts Network have created a beautiful calendar to celebrate the diverse peacemaking activities of Friends around the world, and to inspire and strengthen further witness.
We hope that calendar sales will raise funds for FWCC in support of Quaker work, and also serve as inspiration and outreach. It has been designed as a wall calendar to hang in the meeting house, office or home, and would be a lovely gift for Friends or others this Christmas
FLYER & ORDER FORM
if more than one person interested we could order together

 
A Quaker funeral (leaflet)
Quaker Life has produced a new leaflet that meetings can use when holding a funeral or memorial meeting. The leaflet has been written in plain English and is easy for non-Quakers to understand. One copy  of the leaflet in Meeting; Quaker Life is encouraging meetings to order this leaflet instead of printing the previous version. LINK to PDF VERSION
If several people would like the leaflet we can order MH