Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The 4 charities we will suport in the coming months

Prison Phoenix Trust in their words:

"The Prison Phoenix Trust encourages prisoners in their spiritual lives through a daily practice of yoga and meditation, working with silence and the breath.

We encourage this practice by:

·         training qualified yoga teachers for prison

·         airing a radio yoga class three times per week

·         writing regular practical yoga columns for prisoner publications such as Inside Time and Women in Prison

We communicate with all our beneficiaries as individuals and we know that many prisoners have multiple and complex needs. We provide our books in various languages, as well as for people who can’t read at all, and can recommend yoga practices for people with specific ailments and disabilities."
St Mungo's Trust in their words:

At St Mungo’s, we know that it takes more than a roof over someone’s head to end homelessness. While sleeping rough is the most visible form of homelessness, the causes and consequences of having nowhere stable to live are often much more complicated. That’s why we’ve developed a recovery based approach for our clients, focusing on addressing the issues a person faces to help them move on with their lives.
We look at each individual’s strengths – sometimes known as an ‘asset based’ approach – and use those skills and interests as the basis for recovery.
‘Fighting Hunger and Hardship in Pembrokeshire’
We are a charitable organisation aiming to relieve the effects of poverty for individuals and families within the county of Pembrokeshire.
Since June 2008 PATCH has been giving free food parcels, clothing and household items to those in a financial crisis in Pembrokeshire. We work closely with our referral agencies to help those that are experiencing hardship through perhaps a delay in benefits, fire, theft and escaping emergency situations.

Quaker Homeless Action in their own words: 
Quaker Homeless Action (QHA) is a national charity run primarily by volunteers. QHA is a small and flexible organization that focuses on projects that are not funded by other organisations. Our projects include The Quaker Christmas Shelter and The Quaker Mobile Library.  We are always keen to hear from f/Friends with suggestions for other areas of work we could support - see our Affiliate Projects page for more information about this.

QHA's vision is for a society where homeless, marginalised and excluded people are empowered and supported to break out of exclusion, poverty, and isolation to experience life in all its fullness.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

Today's reading 11/03/2018

Advices & Queries 18

How can we make the meeting a community in which each person is accepted and nurtured, and strangers are welcome? Seek to know one another in the things which are eternal, bear the burden of each other’s failings and pray for one another. As we enter with tender sympathy into the joys and sorrows of each other’s lives, ready to give help and to receive it, our meeting can be a channel for God’s love and forgiveness.

Cynghorion a holiadau 18

Pa fodd y gallwn wneud y cwrdd yn gymuned lle caiff pob person ei dderbyn a’i faethu, a lle caiff dieithriaid groeso? Ceisiwch adnabod eich gilydd yn y pethau tragwyddol; dygwch faich methiannau’ch gilydd a gweddïwch bawb dros eich gilydd. Wrth i ni gyfranogi mewn tynerwch o lawenydd a thrallod bywyd beunyddiol ein gilydd, yn barod i roddi help ac i’w dderbyn, gall ein cwrdd fod yn gyfrwng i gariad a maddeuant Duw.

image: a crocus today at the Bloomfield House Community Centre

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Early Spring newsletter from Quaker Peace & Social Witness

Here is a link to the newsletter from Quaker Peace and Social Witness

The main news bit is below,  the newsletter has more information on events such as a "joint Faith Week Against Fracking...

This January we welcomed Tatiana Garavito to the team as the Sanctuary Everywhere Programme Manager. She joins Quaker Peace & Social Witness to support more than 50 Sanctuary Meetings, establish Sanctuary Action Groups, and campaign for the changes outlined in our new Sanctuary Everywhere Manifesto. In a few short weeks she has twice appeared on national broadcast news to speak about All Women Count and migrant rights in the UK's 'hostile environment'. Read her blog post about the work here. Britain is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely – up to six years – without trial. Quakers in Britain is one of a handful of charities that is now actively campaigning to close detention centres in the UK for good.
Individual Quakers are responding too, by upholding activists who blockaded a deportation flight, and who now face the charge of terrorism in court. Meetings in the Sanctuary network are welcoming people who seek asylum into their homes, and taking steps to guarantee bail for people locked up in detention centres.

We've also been inspired by the fundraising efforts of Young Friends in Ullswater, Cumbria, who canoed nine miles in a Force 5 gale to raise £4000 for the UN Human Rights Council. Please read and share their written account of how they came to undertake the action, and how their meeting took care to support them in their witness

The multigenerational group canoed through wind, cold and rain to meet their fundraising target.
Photo: Penrith Quaker Youth and Children’s Meeting


Monthly Notices from Quaker in Britain / British Yearly Meeting 03/2018

Yearly Meeting 2018
Registration for Yearly Meeting 2018 is now open at
Yearly Meeting is for everyone, whether or not they have been before, and those unable to attend
can still support the discernment of Yearly Meeting. This year we will be asking ourselves how Quaker faith & practice should look for the next generation.
Within the next few days you will receive the first set of Yearly Meeting documents: Preparing for Yearly Meeting, Agenda and Notes and Epistles and Testimonies. Please ensure these are widely circulated within your meeting. Friends should find Preparing for Yearly Meeting helpful in terms of both practical and spiritual preparation

Young People’s Programme 2018
4-7 May 2018, Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead
Do you have young people in your meeting (aged 11-15) who would benefit from the opportunity to attend the Young People’s Programme (YPP) at Yearly Meeting 2018? Limited places available. Young People's Programme 2018 flyer (PDF)
Booking by 18 March at, 020 7663 1013

Live Adventurously: A residential event for 8-11 year olds
25–27 July 2018, Gilwell Park Activity Centre, Essex
This event gives participants the chance to try all sorts of adventurous activities. There will be fun, games, a chance to make new friends, worship and thinking about what it means to ‘live adventurously’ as a Quaker. The cost is £80 per person which includes travel from Friends House, all food and activities. LINK TO LEAFLET
Mel Cook:, 020 7663 1014

Action on nuclear disarmament
Friends have been asking what they can do next now that the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been adopted.
‘A guide to calling on the UK government to attend the 2018 UN High- Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament from May 14-16’ provides some tips as well as key phrases to use when writing to your MP to call on the UK government to attend the conference at the highest level. Available shortly at
Sahdya Darr,, 020 7663 1108

Fly kites not drones
18–25 March 2018
Reclaim the sky for peace this Persian New Year (Nao Roz) by flying kites not drones. Everything you need to know to make kites and explore the issue of armed drones is at dronecampaignnetwork fly kites not drones blog
Order a pack LINK on this webpage £5 from Quaker book shop
At QPSW we’d love to see your kites via email: or @kitesnotdrones on Twitter

Recruiting for 2 QPSW UK based peaceworkers
One year fixed term contracts with UK peace organisations starting in September 2018
Opportunity to work in a UK peace organisation for a year, funded by QPSW, on issues including addressing the roots of conflict, innovative work on nuclear weapons and militarism especially in schools.
If chosen you’ll be offered a place with an organisation which we think matches your skills.

Seeking Ecumenical Accompaniers – human rights monitors
Quakers in Britain are recruiting Ecumenical Accompaniers to serve in the West Bank and Israel in 2019 for 3 months’ service.
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) provides protection by presence, monitors human rights abuses, supports Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and advocates for an end to the occupation.
For more information and to download an application pack please check the website:

Help QPSW take action on climate change
Quaker Peace & Social Witness and Friends across the country are calling on the UK government to tackle climate change. To do this, we want to know what parliament thinks about climate policy. We’re asking Friends to help us do this by writing to their MP and sharing responses with us. If you can help, visit the climate justice page on the Quaker website at, where we have provided more information and some guidance questions. If you’d like support to engage with your MP, or to take action on climate change, please contact Chris Walker using the details below.
Chris Walker,, 020 7663 1047

Christian Aid Week 2018
13–19 May 2018
Quakers are founding members and a sponsoring church of Christian Aid and have supported their work for over 70 years. Please continue to support them, especially during Christian Aid Week.
Further details at

Talking Friends
Is there anyone in your meeting who is visually impaired or finds it difficult to read for other reasons? If so, you can help them to access Quaker publications such as the Friend, Quaker News and Friends Quarterly. A subscription to Talking Friends will give them audio recordings produced by volunteers at half the price of the printed publications. See the flyer for further information.
Contact Alan Johnson, 0121 476 0217,

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Today's Reading 25/02/2018

Cynghorion a holiadau 11

Byddwch onest â chwi’ch hunan. Pa wirioneddau diflas y dichon eich bod yn eu hosgoi? O adnabod eich ffaeleddau, na foed i hynny eich digalonni. Mewn cydaddoli, gallwn ganfod y sicrwydd o gariad Duw a chanfod o’r newydd y dewrder i ddal ati.


Advices & Queries 11

Be honest with yourself. What unpalatable truths might you be evading? When you recognise your shortcomings, do not let that discourage you. In worship together we can find the assurance of God’s love and the strength to go on with renewed courage.

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 I 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.