National and International Notices

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Conscientious Objectors Day

In this blog Ellis Brooks reflects on the message of International Conscientious Objectors’ Day and the call to renounce violence in all its forms

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Responding to the war in Ukraine

The following link outlines Quakers in Britain’s response to the war and offers links to events and resources from our partners: https://www.quaker.org.uk/our-work/peace/ukraine

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Glenthorne Quaker Centre and Guest House

A reminder that you can find the events programme of Glenthorne in Grasmere here and that you can stay at Glenthorne without having to sign up for a course.

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Acting on our Corporate Commitment to Faith-based Climate Justice

Do you want to join with other Quakers to act on our commitment to faith-based climate justice? Do you want to find out and learn from what others are doing? These monthly live sessions (bookable individually) are an opportunity to be together in spirit and to learn about different ways in which we can take action. The remaining three are:

Tuesday 14 June 19:00-20:30 Quaker Meetings as Centres of Resilience

Tuesday 26 July 19:00-20:30 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports and Quaker Advocacy

Tuesday 13 September 19:00-20:30 Working with Other Faiths and Churches

More info here: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/product/acting-on-our-corporate-commitment-to-faith-based-climate-justice/

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Quaker Concern Over Population (QCOP): Art Competition Spring 2022

QCOP is a Quaker recognised body established to raise concern about population. We believe there are too many people on the planet currently using far too much of the Earth’s renewable resources. Each extra birth increases consumption and each extra birth in the rich countries increases consumption far more than a birth in the developing world.  It is obvious to us that this cannot go on!

To help spread our concern we are organising an art competition for a picture or poster which highlights the issue.  These can be up to A3 size, in any medium, but must be 2D.

There will be three categories: 12 and under, Teenage and Adult

Entries will be displayed on a special page on the QCOP Website (qcop.org.uk) and Friends will be invited to choose one from each category which they feel best conveys our concern.  These views, along with the views of our 3 QCOP judges, will decide the winning entries. There will be a prize of £100 for the entry in each category which is considered to deliver the message most effectively. The three winning entries will be displayed on the website.

Entries should be submitted as a photograph by email to davidtinsley@yahoo.co.uk giving name, age and email address of the entrant. The competition will close on May 31st.

Winners will be announced at the QCOP AGM on Wednesday 29th June at 19.00.

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Tuesday 7th June

19:00 – 20:30 The Religious Roots of the Quaker Way

This Woodbrooke online Zoom session will explore the roots of the Quaker way and how early Friends were influenced by their radical religious context. This session will look at movements of popular piety in the late medieval period, the radical wing of the Reformation, and English Puritanism. Sign up here

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6th June – 7th July

Nurturing Our Spiritual Lives: spiritual accompaniment

What is spiritual accompaniment? Through inspiring readings and practical experience of offering and receiving spiritual guidance, this Woodbrooke course led by Marina Manassei and Nim Njuguna

will help you deepen your understanding and awareness of true Self and Spirit.

This is an interactive, contemplative course that invites you to a deep exploration of your personal spiritual life in a safe, small-group setting. It will most benefit those with a willingness to explore their own spiritual depths while learning the art of sacred listening and sharing.

This course combines live Zoom sessions (at 19:00-20:30 every Thursday), online discussion, and reflective practices for you to try in your own time. You will experience spiritual guidance as director, directee and observer.

You can work with the online material and discussion forum at any time to suit you during the dates for the course. Cost £72.00. Sign up here

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8th June – 2nd August

Quakers and Ecospirituality: grounded practice to meet the ecological crisis

How do we ground ourselves spiritually for environmental practice? This Woodbrooke course led by Cherice Bock will draw together the contemplative and active aspects of Quaker tradition. We will learn about and engage in ecospiritual practices that connect, sustain and root us deeply in active justice.

The live Zoom sessions are at 16:00 – 17:00 every Tuesday during this period. Cost £48.00. Sign up here

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11th June – 12th July

Taking Positive Action with Our Money

It can be hard to talk about money. Many of us want to take positive action with our finances, but don’t know where to start. In this Woodbrooke course, led by Rosie Venner, we’ll explore how, individually and collectively, we can help shape a fairer, greener world through our financial choices.

The live Zoom sessions are at 19:30 – 21:00 every Wednesday during this period. Cost £48.00. More info here.

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13th – 17th June

Maison Quaker Congenies, France – Writing Retreat with Kim Hope

More information from https://maison-quaker-congenies.org/en/events/writing-retreat

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Thursday 16th June

19:00 – 20:30 Changing the Conversation on Asylum in the UK

This evening event, facilitated by Catherine Henderson, coming just before Refugee Week, offers a chance to hear from those in the asylum system working to change the conversation on asylum through art, poetry and activism. More info here

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Thursday 23rd June

19:00 – 20:30 Housing people who have experienced forced migration, refugees & asylum seekers:
A Sanctuary networking event – on Zoom


Hosted by Jenny Allott, Quaker Housing Trust and Lyndsay Burtonshaw, Sanctuary contact with Quaker Peace & Social Witness.
Crises in many parts of the world mean that people are experiencing forced migration, and the need for adequate housing for those arriving in this country is pressing.
You are invited to an evening of discussion and knowledge sharing. We will hear from Quakers who are currently engaged in projects to house people who have been forced to migrate, refugees and asylum seekers. There will also be space for questions from those who would like to initiate projects. Everyone – especially if you are curious about Quakers – is welcome.

More info and to register go to: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=MGHYU__KJUq_K4_1UYIBaPo_Ba2PnBRCqk4FTGCNiXtUN1BORFoyMVZYM0ZOMkw3TENVN0lUTVZPRS4u

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20th – 27th August

Friends Southern Summer Events: Junior Gathering and Senior Conference

Friends Southern Summer Events (FSSE) is a charity of Quaker volunteers who run two, week-long residential events each year for young people; Junior Gathering is for ages 11 to 14 (must be 11 by 1st September 2022 and under 15) and Senior Conference for ages 15 to 18 (must be 15 by 1st September 2022 and under 19).

Senior Conference will take place at Sibford School, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Its theme will be Seeking to know one another: Different perspectives in 21st Century Quakerism

Junior Gathering will take place at Leighton Park School, Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 7ED. Its theme will be Respecting all life, identities and opinions

The cost of both events is likely to be around £380. No-one should be prevented for financial reasons, so if you know of anyone who would like to attend and is in need of financial support, let the clerks know: coclerksmk@llquakers.org.uk
Junior Gathering and Senior Conference are run in a Quaker way, guided by Quaker testimonies to create a packed week of friendship, nurture and fun. Days start with Meeting for Worship and end in Epilogue. During the week a theme chosen by the young people is explored through workshops and sessions. Socials and free time provide a great way to build on friendships and make new ones, as well as being lots of fun. Each day there is an opportunity to take part in small group activities that range from things like sports, arts and crafts to creative writing and music.

During the week all young people will be part of a base group; base groups are like having a little family during the event, looking out for each other and spending time playing games, having discussions or just chilling out in their base group room.

Friends Southern Summer Events welcomes all young people who share our Quaker values, regardless of whether they are connected with a Quaker meeting or consider themselves a Quaker.
There is a commitment to make sure these events are safe spaces, inclusive of all young people.

More info for both events can be found here: Friends Southern Summer Events – Junior Gathering & Senior Conference (fsse.org.uk) Any additional enquiries please contact clerk@fsse.org.uk

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Sunday 21st – Sunday 28th August

Yorkshire Friends Holiday School (YFHS)

In 2022 YFHS will be back, in person, for a full week at Bootham School in York. The event is open to anyone who will be aged 13 to 18 on 31 August 2022. More details of the week can be found in YFHS Leaflet 2022 The application form can be completed online here: https://forms.gle/7xuSeoSECjcLDxhy7

If you have any questions about the event please contact yfhssecretary@gmail.com.

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30th September – 2nd October

Young Adult Climate Crisis Retreat

Taking action on the climate crisis can be exhausting. Are you feeling burnt out, anxious or spiritually depleted? This retreat at the Woodbrooke Centre will bring like-minded young people together to reflect, relax and recharge our spiritual and mental batteries. People aged 18 to 35 of all faiths and spiritualities welcome. Cost £70.00 – £100.00. Booking info here

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