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Living Witness is a community that welcomes Friends who are actively discerning how we might respond to the unfolding climate and ecological crises, drawing on our Quaker values and practices. Central to this is nurturing a deepening spiritual exploration among Quakers and others, and supporting each other in the action and witness that may grow from this.

We hold a Quaker meeting focused on the Earth every Friday morning and a worship sharing session every Wednesday evening. See more information here

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Quakers at Greenbelt Festival

22 - 25 August 2024

Broughton House near Kettering

Quaker Arts Network expects to be at the Greenbelt Festival this year with a mix of small-scale activities and resources about Quakers and our witness, and a couple of craft workshops as part of the main programme, based on a version of the Loving Earth Project. 

You can find out more about it at https://www.greenbelt.org.uk. It's a great opportunity for Quaker and sustainability outreach as well as for fun, learning and community building.

QAN will need a number of volunteers to serve on the rota at the gazebo, and with setup and activities, so that all can enjoy the rest of the festival. QAN will be able to offer some reduced price tickets for volunteers. You will need to organise your own accommodation (generally camping/camper van) etc. Potential volunteers are encouraged to contact qanevents@gmail.com at the earliest opportunity. Details are currently being worked out and will be sent out in May to those expressing an interest in joining the team.

Please consider whether you or any Friends you know might be interested in participating in this wonderful festival. It is very much an all-age festival but it may especially appeal to younger people. It would be lovely to have some Living Witness Friends there.

QAN are also seeking funds to support core costs of the gazebo (estimated at around £5K) and volunteers' expenses. Donations from Friends and Meetings would be very welcome. To donate, see https://quakerarts.net/contact/joining-and-supporting-us

QAN encourages use of the arts (widely defined) for quaker witness, outreach, spirituality and community building. For more information https://quakerarts.net. On 1 June QAN will be holding a one-day event at the Priory Rooms in Birmingham, where you can find out more about the Greenbelt Festival project and other Quaker Arts activities around the Country, and to meet some of those involved. See https://quakerarts.net/events/.

 

Quaker Gardens - Eva Koch Scholarship presentation

by Caroline Chandler - watch on Youtube -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFyZsqtI468

 

 

 

Revising the Book of Discipline - Unity of Creation

At Yearly Meeting in 2018 Paul Parker, recording clerk, welcomed the decision to revise Quaker Faith & Practice: 

"Once in a generation, Quakers decide to take a long hard look at our faith, what it means to us, and what we can say about it. Today's bold decision to revise Quaker faith & practice means it's time for us to do that again. It's exciting. We want to hear the insights of younger and more diverse people, and set out how we are a faith fit for the 21st century. I'm looking forward to it."

Suggestions for new content are welcome and invited. If you have a suggestion to make for inclusion in the Unity of Creation chapter, please send by email to qfp@quaker.org.uk, or by writing to the Revision Committee, Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.

Photo by Jonny Gios on Unsplash

QUAKER EARTHCARE WITNESS

Quaker Earthcare Witness is a network of Quakers inspiring Spirit-led action for ecological integrity and environmental justice in the USA. You can visit their website https://quakerearthcare.org/ 

With the opportunity to sign up for their newsletter 'Befriending Creation'  and keep up-to-date on the work of Quaker Friends across the Atlantic.

 

NEW FOR 2024 

Courses from Woodbrooke on the Climate Crisis and Sustainability 

Take a look at what's on offer - Climate Crisis Courses

CLIMATE JUSTICE GATHERING - November 2023

The Gathering was held over the weekend of 17-19 November bringing together Quakers from across the UK in a blended meeting of in-person Friends and Friends online. 

The main themes rising to the top by the close of this shared time together were: 

  • community and the importance of connectedness, supporting one another
  • indigenous values - learning about them and how they might be applied to our own lives
  • capitalism - what should replace it and the importance of using our imaginations to navigate our way to a new social system

 

Upcoming Events

Wed 22 May

Wednesday Epilogue

20:30-21:00

Venue: Zoom

Our weekly evening epilogue

Please contact us for the Zoom link.

Fri 24 May

Friday Worship

07:00-07:45

Venue: Zoom

Our weekly open worship session, including some prepared ministry and followed by a brief period of 'afterwords.'

Please contact us for the Zoom meeting URL.

Wed 29 May

Wednesday Epilogue

20:30-21:00

Venue: Zoom

Our weekly evening epilogue

Please contact us for the Zoom link.