This free, very popular, online course is being repeated in May 2017. Learn about the beginnings of Quakerism as it emerged in 17th century England. To find out more and register click here.
Exploring Islam in Britain
Wednesday 1st February 2017, 7pm (refreshments from 6:30pm), Tottenham Meeting House, 594 High Road, London, N17 9TA
Tottenham Quakers invite you to meet with friends from the Muslim community in North London. All welcome.
The event will explore: the richness of Muslim faith and practice; the realities of Muslim life in Britain; our shared values and our diversity.
Speakers: Mustafa Almansur (Finsbury Park Mosques) and Henrietta Szovati.
More details in the link.
In a spiritual sense Quakers view every day as sacred and therefore Christmas Day is no different from any other.
However, we shall have a meeting for worship as usual on Sunday 25th December with refreshments after. Usual start time of 10.30am but on this occasion the meeting for worship will only last 45 minutes.
All very welcome. We look forward to seeing you.
Good article in the Church Times about the crossover between Quakers and Anglicans. Published to mark Quaker Week 2016. Read it here.
Echo Chamber is a free exhibition at Friends House, Euston from 18 August to 2 September. Open daily, 11.00am till 4.00pm, except Bank Holiday Monday.
The free exhibition marks the centenary of the Military Service Act, which brought in both conscription and the right to refuse to fight, on the grounds of conscience. Quaker MPs worked to get the conscience clause into the Act. Quakers were among 16,000 conscientious objectors in WWI.
Conscientious objection to military service is now recognised as a human right at United Nations and European levels although not all countries yet apply the law.
The artists will give talks at 2.00pm on Saturday 27 August.
For more information click here.
Family photos feature in Echo Chamber. Several generations came to mark the COs’ principled stand. Donald Saunders spoke of his father and uncle’s courts martial and hard labour in prison, as well as the insults and vilification suffered by his mother.
Statement by Quakers in Britain (BYM)
The outcome of the EU referendum and the campaigning that led up to it have shown up and sometimes exacerbated divisions within and between our communities.
There is now a great need for bridge-building, for reaching out to one another in love, trusting that below the political differences lie a shared humanity and a wish for flourishing communities.
Inequalities run deep in society and some are exposed by the vote. Quakers in England, Scotland and Wales are committed to working together and with others – including Quakers across Europe – for a peaceful and just world. In the coming year our Quaker Yearly Meeting will focus on building movements with others locally and globally. We refuse to prejudge who is or is not an ally.
Turbulent times can be frightening, but the Spirit is a source of strength for all, guiding us in who we are and what we do. We take heart from the knowledge that with change comes opportunity. We will look for creative ways to find common cause, to listen, to influence and to persuade. As the status quo is shaken we and our neighbours must look to one another for support, wisdom and above all ways of healing divisions.
You can access the statement here.