Monday, 8 May 2017

Quaker UK notices May 2017

Books of the month link to PDF

Upcoming courses at Woodbrooke link to PDF

General election 2017
A general election will be held on 8 June. It is a short lead-in period but gives us an opportunity to engage in the political process and raise questions on Quaker concerns with parliamentary candidates. Guidance on holding hustings is available to download on the Quaker Vote website at and the blog will be updated on a regular basis over the next few weeks.
You can also follow information on Twitter via @QuakerVote. If you would like to get in touch about any of the upcoming elections please email us on

Bursaries still available for Yearly Meeting Gathering
If you are prevented from attending Yearly Meeting Gathering this year because of financial need we have bursaries available to help with part or all of the costs. Application is via a short form, which will also need to be signed by a local overseer. If you would like to know more please talk to your local overseers or contact:
Gary Mitchell, 020 7663 1006,

What have you learned from the process of reading Quaker faith & practice?
If you have been following the ‘Reading Quaker faith & practice calendar’, then you will have just finished the whole book. Congratulations! We would like to find out what you have learnt from the process. Your comments will inform the process of discernment about whether it is time to revise our book of discipline, which Yearly Meeting will probably consider in 2018.
Please complete the form at: Michael Booth, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.

Young Friends General Meeting, May gathering
26–29 May, Sheffield Meeting House
Young Friends General Meeting will be having a three day gathering over the second May bank holiday. All young adults (18–30ish) with an interest in Quakerism are most welcome to attend. We will pay travel expenses for first-time attenders. The event promises to be interesting and stimulating, featuring a conference call with young Friends in Philadelphia, and a talk from Veterans for Peace. If your meeting does not yet have a representative to YFGM, please consider appointing a young adult and covering their costs to attend.
For further information and to register please visit YFGM’s website: If you have any queries, contact the YFGM coordinator, Rachel Evans on / 020 7663 1050

QPSW / QCEA Joint Conference ‘Sanctuary Everywhere’
1–3 December, Chant d’Oisseau, Brussels
Europe is facing significant challenges relating to peace and human rights, including an increase in nationalism and a fragmentation of the mechanism for dialogue and cooperation that has developed in the last 60 years. As Friends we oppose war, and call for peacebuilding efforts long before war is on the agenda. The question facing European Friends is what should we be doing to swim against the current tide? Come along to be informed and inspired by Quaker ideas, Quaker agencies and examples of ongoing work.
For more information and to register visit

Refugee Week
19–25 June
Refugee Week is an open platform for organisations to organise events amplifying the voices of people seeking sanctuary.
Many meetings will be organising events for this, from talks to all-age semi-programmed meetings for worship. If your meeting is organising an event in Refugee Week please let Tim Gee know so we can help promote it. To see all of the events organised so far, visit

Quaker Week 2017 speaker offer
30 September 8 October
The theme for Quaker Week 2017 is ‘In turbulent times: be a Quaker’. Quaker Week is our annual outreach event. We encourage meetings to use this week as an opportunity to hold events that will attract people from the local community; resources will be available in the coming months. If you would like to book a speaker please email us with suggested dates and a theme or topic you would like covered.

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