Monthly Archives: September 2013

Rewriting the book (a personal view)

The book that defines, if anything does, what it means to be is Quaker, is Quaker Faith and Practice.  (Read it online.)  Some of its chapters are practical stuff – making marriages legal, who runs burial grounds.  But much of it … Continue reading

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The Great British Quake Off

We liked the N21 online report- which follows!  Note we are inviting people to come for tea and cake 12-1, Sunday 6th October (come at 10.30 if you want worship.)  Bring something if you want but we don’t expect it!   … Continue reading

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Some quotes from the Pope

Its worth trying to find the whole interview where he says he wants women in the church to have more power, says more disciplinary issues should be dealt with locally and not by the Vatican, and he criticises the authoritarian … Continue reading

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First heal the wounds

Pope Francis has not changed the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality, contraception or abortion.  What he has done is signal a change in priorities and a willingness to learn.  He says that in every heart no matter how many thorns are … Continue reading

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Great British Bake off

Our Friend Doreen Brown featured in the episode of the popular BBC programme on 17/9/2013 making Tottenham Cake, first popularised by Quaker baking family, the Chalkleys, and still on sale locally.  You can find more about Tottenham Cake here and can … Continue reading

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Drawing a veil

I hope nearly everyone sees the ordinary Muslim veil/ headscarf as being a non issue.   When we holiday to less diverse parts of the UK, the children have been known to ask where the Muslims are. What should our response be … Continue reading

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Everyone welcome at Open House Sat/Sun 21/22 Sept

We will be open for visitors Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September, as part of the 2013 Open City/London Open House event.  2-5pm and lets hope it is not raining Everyone is welcome, history buffs and architecture lovers, locals who … Continue reading

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Marking 50 years of “Towards a Quaker View of Sex”

I was pleased to be able to attend the event at Friends House celebrating 50 years since the publication of the landmark “Towards a Quaker View of Sex”.  Described as one of the most forthright reports on sex and morals … Continue reading

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Wishes and wills workshops

WISHES & WILLS? Two workshops are planned for those involved in Winchmore Hill and New Barnet Quaker meetings.  If there is interest and it seems appropriate, further workshops may be organised with a wider audience. Advices and Queries:    29.   … Continue reading

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The eye of the needle

Gareth Bale will be paid £13 m a year to play football for Real Madrid.  In defending the sum, the world of football referred to the wealth of Bill Gates, the amount of tickets and t-shirts a star player can … Continue reading

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