Monday, 27 February 2017

Quaker Council for European Affairs and Quaker Peace & Social Witness February 2017

Link to main Quaker Council for European Affairs website

QCEA, together with the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network (QARN), have published a report on Friends’ efforts to respond to the influx of displaced persons in Europe. Quaker Faith in Action: Friends’ work in the area of forced migration builds on feedback from Quaker respondents across Europe, and explores the important work done by individuals, meetings and organisations in response to this unprecedented humanitarian challenge. If you want to get involved in similar work, the report also includes ideas and links to resources to help you or your meeting make a difference.

Click here to read the report.

If you would like to see the last QCEA Around Europe publication December 2016 as PDF click HERE

Quaker Peace & Social Witness
A link to their PDF leaflet explaining what work they do CLICK HERE

Quaker Peace & Social Witness Central Committee (QPSWCC) forms part of the centrally-managed work of Quakers in Britain. It promotes and undertakes action for peace and social justice in line with our testimonies, mainly by overseeing the work of Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW).

Turning the Tide is a social action training programme. We offer a range of workshops and resources, and all our work is focused on supporting nonviolent social change at the grassroots. We are a programme run by Quakers in Britain. They produce a newsletter Making Waves a LINK to a PDF of the current issue [I've often found this newsletter very inspiring in terms of non violent action blog poster flofflach] 

Monday, 6 February 2017

February notices

Young Quaker Calendar 2017 (PDF) provides information about events and resources available for young Quakers aged 11 and above. The calendar can also be viewed online at For further copies to give to young Quakers, please contact the CYP Administrator on 020 7663 1013 or email

New economy booklet Quaker Peace & Social Witness’ new economy booklets explore what an economy in tune with Quaker testimony might look like. The latest booklet, Money, banks and finance in the new economy, is now available. Read it online at or order it by emailing or writing to QPSW at Friends House.

Making Waves Spring 2017 (PDF) Newly revamped annual journal of Quaker Peace & Social Witness’ Turning the Tide programme, containing a digest of articles and blogs, mainly from Turning the Tide’s website: LINK covering many aspects of nonviolence and social change. Join the mailing list by contacting:, 020 7663 1064/1

Swarthmoor Hall Programme 2017 (PDF) Including courses and retreats in the Woodbrooke at Swarthmoor Hall programme; non-residential performances and special events; activities for the Quaker community from meetings for worship to 1652 pilgrimagesDocuments relating to the numbered items in the local and area meetings letters (numbered as per the items in the letter):

4 March 2017, York Friargate Meeting House, York
Any interested Friends are now invited to attend this one day conference to hear from Christian and other faiths about spiritual approaches to end of life issues. Further details on the day’s agenda and speakers are on the enclosed flyer along with a booking form. If you would like to attend see link above or contact Graham Spackman,

 Journeys into the Spirit: This free resource to aid work with children, young people and even adults has over 1,100 subscribers. Current issues offer approaches to encourage the reading of Quaker faith & practice in line with the BYM initiative. Links to an updated catalogue and a leaflet with a subscription form. All issues are available on the Being Friends Together website
Journeys in the Spirit 2017 leaflet (PDF)
Journeys in the Spirit 2017 catalogue (PDF)

For young people who are interested in international affairs and the United Nations that the Geneva Summer School 2017 is being advertised and the closing date for applications is 15 March 2017.
Geneva Summer School 2017 flyer (PDF)
Helen Bradford, 020 7663 1071,

Young Friends General Meeting
24–26 February, Edinburgh Meeting House
Young Friends General Meeting (YFGM) is a national community of young adult Quakers aged 18–30ish. We meet several times a year to spend time together, explore our faith, and have fun! Our next meeting will be north of the border, in Edinburgh from 24–26 February.
We encourage meetings to consider funding representatives who could report back on the activities of this vibrant community.
To find out more or to register, go to the YFGM website at or contact the YFGM Office: 020 7663 1050;; Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

Quaker chaplaincy support is available
We need more Quaker chaplains!
A talk or workshop on Quaker chaplaincy may help with the recruitment of Quaker chaplains. We can also help you organise a visit to the chaplaincy team in your local prison, university, hospital or other workplace where possible, to help raise awareness within your meeting about this important Quaker work/role. There is a pool of existing Quaker chaplains to support you with this, so please do get in touch.
Marleen Schepers, 020 7663 1143,

FWCC hiring Organisational Assistant
Friends World Committee for Consultation: the World Office and the Europe and Middle East Section are sharing a full time Organisational Assistant and are seeking applications.
Application deadline: 28 February
For further information, contact Kim at
FWCC job advert 2017 (PDF)

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. Below  are enclosing details of opportunities in 2017 for learning more about the practice.
Susie Tombs, 07967 111338,
Experiment with Light 2017 flyer (PDF)

Joint Libraries Development Project
A Joint Libraries Development Project is being undertaken by Britain Yearly Meeting and Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. The libraries  at Friends House and at Woodbrooke are working together to increase use of their collections. They are exploring the possibility of an online digital library and wish to hear your views. Whether currently a library user or not, all input is helpful.
Action: Please encourage individual Friends to contribute to plans for the joint library service by completing the survey at: Survey open until the end of February 2017
Any queries contact project manager Adrienne Speake: