Quakers condemn all acts of violence
In the wake of recent tragedies, Paul Parker, the Recording Clerk, has made a statement on behalf of Quakers in Britain. He refers to Quakers’ response and says, “Quakers lovingly uphold all those affected by the recent tragedies. People of all faiths should be able to live and worship in peace.”
You can read the full statement on the news page of Q website www.quaker.org.uk/news- and-events/news/quakers-condemn-all-acts-of-violence and also on Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter @BritishQuakers for news
Yearly Meeting Gathering – bookings still open
29 July–5 August 2017, Warwick University
Already over 1,300 Friends of all ages are coming, and we’ve got room for a few more! Come and enjoy the packed programme including a variety of talks and workshops.
Go to www.quaker.org.uk/ym for a full timetable and online bookings. Bursaries are still available. Please note that the children’s programme is now full.
For bookings enquiries contact Warwick University by email: Quakers2017@warwick.ac.uk. For other YMG enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7663 1040.
Conferences and events
2017 Quaker Activist Gathering
10am–4pm, Saturday 14 October 2017, LIFT Islington, London
What does our Quaker faith prompt us to do in the world? Join Quaker Peace & Social Witness and US Friend and activist George Lakey for a day of sharing, workshops, networking, and movement-building.
Plus: between 6–9pm at Friends House George Lakey will give a free talk to launch his new book, Viking Economics.
Kristin Skarsholt, email@example.com www.quaker.org.uk/events/qag-2017
Quaker Tapestry exhibition
7–18 August 2017, Friends House, London
Delight in the detail of the Quaker Tapestry and its unique exploration of Quaker history at this free ‘on the road’ exhibition of 21 original Tapestry panels. On display Monday to Saturday 10am–4pm and Thursdays 10am–8pm. www.quaker.org.uk/events/quakertapestry
Quaker News – no summer issue
Due to staff changes we will not be publishing a summer issue of Quaker News this year. The next issue will be brought to you by a brand new editor and will reach meetings in late September, in time for Quaker Week. If you would like extra copies of this issue to use during Quaker Week, please let us know.
Leslie Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7663 1019
Quaker Week and Outreach
Getting ready for Quaker Week 2017 In turbulent times: be a Quaker
30 September–8 October 2017
Free information packs – we can send your meeting six free copies of our helpful information pack for newcomers, which includes leaflets, Advices & queries and a copy of Being a Quaker by Geoffrey Durham. Send your requests to email@example.com or phone 020 7663 1030 or 020 7663 1125.
Providing speakers – if you are holding an event during Quaker Week, we can offer speakers on a wide range of topics, from Quaker worship and spirituality, to Quaker history, to peace education, economic justice and advocacy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Balloons are now available too!
Quaker Hoodies now available!
Quaker hoodies (also known as zoodies) are now available! A brilliant tool for everyday outreach, stewarding events, activism and chaplaincy, they can be purchased at the Quaker Centre bookshop in
Friends House, on their website http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk and will be available at Yearly Meeting Gathering. They feature our outreach Twitter handle ‘Know more Quakers’ underneath the Q logo.
Mental health in Quaker meetings survey
Quaker Life would like to learn how meetings respond to challenges that arise in Quaker meetings that relate to mental health or illness. Please respond as a meeting or as an individual. There is not a limit to the number of responses from each Quaker meeting and individuals are strongly encouraged to send in their own response as well as elders’ or overseers’ responding on behalf of the meeting community.
Please visit https://forms.quaker.org.uk/ql-mental-health-survey.
The form should take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete online. Oliver Waterhouse, email@example.com, 020 7663 1007
The Changing Face of Faith in Britain survey
As part of a research project commissioned by the Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations (QCCIR) on the changing face of faith in Britain, a new online survey has been produced aimed at those who have first come to Meeting in the last 3 years. Please complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7NTL6KP by July 24.
The Changing Face of Faith in Britain
16–18 March 2018, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
Area meetings are asked to appoint to the Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations (QCCIR Qf&p 9.13) conference. This will cover the findings of the current QCCIR research project on ‘The Changing Face of Faith in Britain’, looking at the challenge for Friends of the growth of ‘secular society’ and changes to traditional religious expression. It will provide an opportunity to consider the results of this project and where this might lead Friends. Also see 9 below
Quakers and the Changing Face of Faith in Britain survey (PDF)
firstname.lastname@example.org, 0121 472 5171 www.woodbrooke.org.uk