Purley Quakers


Purley Quaker Meeting  August and September 2017

Dates for your diary

Meeting for Worship every Sunday, 11 to noon, with tea/coffee afterwards. 

Children’s Group every Sunday 11 to noon, following the programme Journeys of the Spirit.

Date

Event

Further details

 

August  2017

 

29/7 - 5 Aug

Junior Yearly Meeting

Coventry

29/7 – 5 Aug

Britain Yearly Meeting

Coventry – see details below for outline of programme and link to listen live to Swathmore Lecture on 31 July

6

Purley Premises committee meeting (tbc)

10am Small Meeting room. For members of Premises Committee

6

Children’s group

 

Purley MH in small room

7 - 18

Quaker Tapestry

Free ‘on the road’ exhibition of 21 original Tapestry panels.

Friends House, London On display Monday to Saturday 10am–4pm and Thursdays 10am–8pm. www.quaker.org.uk/events/quakertapestry

13

Elders and Overseers

10:40 to 10.55. Purley MH. Small room. For Members of Corporate Elders and Oversight

13

Children’s group

Purley MH in small room

19-26

Junior Gathering and Senior Conference

Week-long Quaker gatherings for young people aged 11-14 and 15-18.

20

Healing and meditation group

10.00 to 10.45 Purley MH in small room All welcome

20

Children’s group

Purley MH in small room

21-25

In Fox’s footsteps:1652 Quaker Pilgrimage

Ulverstone

27

Continuation of discernment of Jo’s concern (2nd meeting)

Purley MH in small room, 12.30 to 1.45 

 

September 2017

 

3

Purley Premises committee meeting (TBC)

 

10am Small Meeting room. For members of Premises Committee

3

Children’s group

 

Purley MH Small meeting room

5

Trustees Meeting

Sutton Meeting House 7.00pm. For members of SLAM Trustees

10

Elders and Overseers

10:40 to 10.55. Purley MH. Small room. For Members of Corporate Elders and Oversight

10

Children’s group

 

Purley MH Small Meeting room

10

LM Business Meeting

After MfW. 12.30 to 1.30pm  Purley MH, small meeting room. All members welcome. Attenders also welcome but please check with Clerk first

17

Area Meeting

Croydon Meeting House. MfW at 10.30 – 11.30 followed by spiritual activity and business meeting. Lunch provided. All Members welcome. Attenders also welcome but please check with Clerk first

17

Healing and Meditation group

10.00 – 10.45am Purley MH. All welcome. Held in small meeting room

17

Children’s group

In small meeting room

24

Children’s group

In small meeting room

24

Either:

Discussion group Quaker Faith and Practice. Reflect on chapter 27.

Or:

Continuation of discernment of Jo’ concern

After MfW. In small meeting room.

Forward notices

Quaker Week 1 – 8 October 2017

8 October Woodbrooke on the Road at Streatham and Brixton MH ‘Experiences in the Spirit’ cost £12.00 per person, all day event

Notice:

Quakers condemn all acts of violence

 

Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, made this statement on behalf of Quakers in Britain 19 June 2017 (following terrorist attacks in Manchester and London)

 

In the light of recent tragedies, Quakers in Britain again recognise the continuing imperative to listen, to build bridges and to further pursue our common humanity, one with another.

 

The work of peacemaking and peacebuilding in our homes, in our communities, in our nations and between our nations is never ending. The Quaker faith community continues to pursue peace in all its nonviolent forms, believing that each human life is precious.

 

Quakers lovingly uphold all those affected by the recent tragedies. People of all faiths should be able to live and worship in peace.

 

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Along with others, Quakers find themselves re-examining their own lives in the light of the extreme times we live in. Quakers are reminded to “Search out whatever in your own way of life may contain the seeds of war. Stand firm in our [peace] testimony, even when others commit or prepare to commit acts of violence, yet always remember that they too are children of God."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yearly Meeting Gathering, to be held in Coventry 29 July to 5 August 2017

Catherine West and Molly Scott Cato are both Quakers who speak about their faith influencing their decisions.

Catherine West, Labour MP, retained her seat in Hornsey and Wood Green in the election in May. As a Quaker, she is committed to tackling rampant inequality as one of the most pressing challenges today. She will give the 110th Swarthmore Lecture, on Monday, 31 July. The lecture is part of Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre's learning programme.

She says, “If we cannot change what is happening on our street, why should anyone believe we can change the world? Politics starts with the local."

Molly Scott Cato is the Green MEP for the South West. She will give the Salter Lecture, under the auspices of the Quaker Socialist Society. This is another event traditionally associated with Yearly Meeting. She will speak about balancing reason, intuition and conscience in relation to the EU referendum and the war in Iraq and her work in the European Parliament.

The Yearly Meeting Gathering is the high-point of the Quaker year. Around 1500 Quakers will meet for a week of work and worship. They will focus on movement building and living out faith in the world. A parallel programme runs for youngsters, from babies to teenagers.

Deborah Rowlands, clerk to Yearly Meeting Gathering says:   “Yearly Meeting Gathering is about using Quaker process to recognise and test what love and truth require of us, as individuals and as a community of Quakers in Britain. Living, working and worshipping together for a week, we will be looking at how we work with others, to build a better world."

The programme will help Quakers work out how to hold together their quiet contemplative practice and active engagement in the world.

Quakers from Central and Southern Africa, Rwanda and Bolivia will talk about Quaker work in their regions.

Another session will be addressed by George Lakey, an American Quaker and long- term activist for social change. He is involved with activist groups at all levels, including Earth Quaker Action Team, a US group working for a just and sustainable economy. At the Quaker-run Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania he is Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Interfaith guests will share their insights. They include Bernard Longley, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham and Mehru Fitter, a Zoroastrianism and former director of Coventry Interfaith Forum, and Jatinder Singh Birdi, a Sikh and chair of the Warwick District Faiths Forum and co-chair of the Interfaith Network.

Follow Yearly Meeting Gathering

Listen to the Swarthmore Lecture, 7pm Monday 31 July
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