Quaker uk notices June 2017

Review of Quaker appeals process

Quaker faith & practice gives Friends the right to appeal to Meeting for Sufferings about decisions of an area meeting which affect them personally (section 4.25). Meeting for Sufferings is currently reviewing the process for this and has appointed a small group. That group has come up with a number of questions to help it consider if the current process works well or how it could be changed. If you would like to assist the group, then please get in touch with me. The group will need responses by the end of June.
Michael Booth, michaelsb@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1023

Our faith in action: Quaker work in 2016

Our faith in action gives a brief taste of the range of work carried out by Britain Yearly Meeting on behalf of Quakers in Britain last year. We hope that all Friends will get a chance to read it and that they will feel proud of what has been achieved in their name
Our faith in action and the 2016 financial statements are available online at www.quaker.org.uk/annualreport. For paper copies please email resources@quaker.org.uk or phone 020 7663 1015.

Yearly Meeting Gathering places still available

29 July–5 August 2017, Warwick University
Come to Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG) and enjoy the packed programme. There will be a variety of talks and workshops from George Lakey, Steve Whiting, Bridget Walker, Mairi Campbell-Jack, Ann Morgan and more.
Further details available at www.quaker.org.uk/ym and a full timetable will be online from 1 June.
Online bookings will open again on 1 June for remaining places. Spaces and bursaries still available.
For bookings enquiries contact University of Warwick directly email Quakers2017@warwick.ac.uk
For other YMG enquiries, please contact ym@quaker.org.uk or phone 020 7663 1040.

Getting ready for Quaker Week 2017 In turbulent times: be a Quaker

29    September–8 October
Quaker Week is coming! Well, not yet but it’s never too early to think about planning!
This Getting ready for Quaker Week letter (PDF) contains a full list of resources, support and contacts to help you plan and advertise your Quaker Week events.
It includes information about the new poster, ideas pack and postcard pack that will be sent to meetings over the summer and details resources to buy/download including our new Quaker hoodies. It also outlines our speaker offer where we can send you a speaker to talk on a range of topics such as Quakerism today, our peace work and the history of the Society.
We encourage Friends to add ‘#QuakerWeek’ on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts to promote their events and join the conversation!

Refugee Week

19–25 June, Friends House and across Britain
Quaker events to support Refugee Week include a Library open day at Friends House (Monday 19 June) and author events in the
Quaker Centre bookshop at 6.30pm on 19–22 June alongside all-age meetings for worship, theatre performances and discussion events in local meetings across Britain.
There is a Journeys in the Spirit resource for children’s meeting. For full listings visit quaker.org.uk/migration or refugeeweek.org.uk.
If you are organising a Refugee Week event and would like to list it on the quaker.org.uk/migration website, email timothyg@quaker.org.uk.

Membership Weeekend – finding out about Quakers

10–12 November 2017, Charney Manor, Charney Bassett, Oxfordshire
This weekend is for people who have been around Quakers for a while and want to explore further. What does Quakerism mean to you? Do you need to know more? Is there any difference between being an attender at Quaker meetings and becoming a member?


Notices February 2017

Young Quaker Calendar 2017 (PDF) provides information about events and resources available for young Quakers aged 11 and above. The calendar can also be viewed online at www.yqspace.org.uk/find-event. For further copies to give to young Quakers, please contact the CYP Administrator on 020 7663 1013 or email cypadmin@quaker.org.uk.

New economy booklet Quaker Peace & Social Witness’ new economy booklets explore what an economy in tune with Quaker testimony might look like. The latest booklet, Money, banks and finance in the new economy, is now available. Read it online at www.quaker.org.uk/neweconomy or order it by emailing neweconomy@quaker.org.uk or writing to QPSW at Friends House.

Making Waves Spring 2017 (PDF) Newly revamped annual journal of Quaker Peace & Social Witness’ Turning the Tide programme, containing a digest of articles and blogs, mainly from Turning the Tide’s website: LINK covering many aspects of nonviolence and social change. Join the mailing list by contacting: turningtide@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1064/1

Swarthmoor Hall Programme 2017 (PDF) Including courses and retreats in the Woodbrooke at Swarthmoor Hall programme; non-residential performances and special events; activities for the Quaker community from meetings for worship to 1652 pilgrimagesDocuments relating to the numbered items in the local and area meetings letters (numbered as per the items in the letter):

4 March 2017, York Friargate Meeting House, York
Any interested Friends are now invited to attend this one day conference to hear from Christian and other faiths about spiritual approaches to end of life issues. Further details on the day’s agenda and speakers are on the enclosed flyer along with a booking form. If you would like to attend see link above or contact Graham Spackman, grahams@quaker.org.uk

 Journeys into the Spirit: This free resource to aid work with children, young people and even adults has over 1,100 subscribers. Current issues offer approaches to encourage the reading of Quaker faith & practice in line with the BYM initiative. Links to an updated catalogue and a leaflet with a subscription form. All issues are available on the Being Friends Together website http://together.woodbrooke.org.uk/resources.php.
Journeys in the Spirit 2017 leaflet (PDF)
Journeys in the Spirit 2017 catalogue (PDF)

For young people who are interested in international affairs and the United Nations that the Geneva Summer School 2017 is being advertised and the closing date for applications is 15 March 2017.
Geneva Summer School 2017 flyer (PDF)
Helen Bradford, 020 7663 1071, helenb@quaker.org.uk

Young Friends General Meeting
24–26 February, Edinburgh Meeting House
Young Friends General Meeting (YFGM) is a national community of young adult Quakers aged 18–30ish. We meet several times a year to spend time together, explore our faith, and have fun! Our next meeting will be north of the border, in Edinburgh from 24–26 February.
We encourage meetings to consider funding representatives who could report back on the activities of this vibrant community.
To find out more or to register, go to the YFGM website at yfgm.quaker.org.uk or contact the YFGM Office: 020 7663 1050; yfgm@quaker.org.uk; Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

Quaker chaplaincy support is available
We need more Quaker chaplains!
A talk or workshop on Quaker chaplaincy may help with the recruitment of Quaker chaplains. We can also help you organise a visit to the chaplaincy team in your local prison, university, hospital or other workplace where possible, to help raise awareness within your meeting about this important Quaker work/role. There is a pool of existing Quaker chaplains to support you with this, so please do get in touch.
Marleen Schepers, 020 7663 1143, chaplainsupport@quaker.org.uk www.quaker.org.uk/chaplaincy

FWCC hiring Organisational Assistant
Friends World Committee for Consultation: the World Office and the Europe and Middle East Section are sharing a full time Organisational Assistant and are seeking applications.
Application deadline: 28 February
For further information, contact Kim at kimb@friendsworldoffice.org
FWCC job advert 2017 (PDF)

Experiment with Light
Quaker Life recognises that for some Friends, Experiment with Light can be a powerful way of deepening their spiritual life. Experience has shown that the practice contributes best to the life of the meeting when it is undertaken in a group that is in the care of the meeting and supported by elders. Below  are enclosing details of opportunities in 2017 for learning more about the practice.
Susie Tombs, 07967 111338 experimentwithlight@gmail.com, www.experiment-with-light.org.uk
Experiment with Light 2017 flyer (PDF)

Joint Libraries Development Project
A Joint Libraries Development Project is being undertaken by Britain Yearly Meeting and Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. The libraries  at Friends House and at Woodbrooke are working together to increase use of their collections. They are exploring the possibility of an online digital library and wish to hear your views. Whether currently a library user or not, all input is helpful.
Action: Please encourage individual Friends to contribute to plans for the joint library service by completing the survey at:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JLDP1 Survey open until the end of February 2017
Any queries contact project manager Adrienne Speake: Adrienne.speake@woodbrooke.org.uk


November Notices from Friends House

Quaker Peace & Social Witness newsletters available online:
Earth and Economy Newsletter for information and action on sustainability and economic justice. Including investing in a green and just economy, what Brexit means for the UK’s trade policy, and news from Friends taking action across the country. www.quaker.org.uk/eartheconomy
Educate and Disarm The latest peace education and disarmament update features the story of a 10 year-old’s conscientious objection, grounds for optimism in the struggle against nuclear weapons, Quakers spreading peacemaking in schools, the Peace Tax Bill and stopping arms to Saudi. www.quaker.org.uk/educate-disarm

Quaker Activist Gathering
Places are still available at the Quaker Activist Gathering on 3 December at Friargate Quaker Meeting House, York. It will be a day to connect, share ideas and to inspire each other. No cost for attending. Places can be booked online at www.quaker.org.uk/events/ activist-gathering or by email kristins@quaker.org.uk.

Children and Young People
Living our faith in the world event
8 –13 April 2017, Embercombe, Exeter, Devon
A five-day event for young Quakers aged 13 to 17 and their friends. Young people will participate in Embercombe’s LEAP Programme which aims to inspire and empower them through learning from the environment by contributing to tasks such as gardening, building and cooking. They will learn sustainable living skills and reflect on their experience in relation to this and Quaker testimonies.
Application deadline: 1 December 2016. Shared accommodation in yurts.
020 7663 1013, cypadmin@quaker.org.uk www.yqspace.org.uk/bym-events

Training and conference
Being Friends Together Training Day
10 November 2016, Woodbrooke, Birmingham
There are still places available on the one-day training event. There is no charge but advance booking is required. It is a day to learn how to explore ‘Being Friends Together online learning material at together.woodbrooke.org.uk. It provides resources to support the national Reading Quaker faith & practice scheme and has historical learning material on our Christian tradition which could augment the Radical Spirituality course recently offered by Lancaster University.
No skill or experience is necessary. Free lunch included. To reserve a place, please email together@quaker.org.uk together.woodbrooke.org.uk
Spirituality and End of Life Conference
4 March 2017, Friargate Meeting House, York
Friends are invited to attend this one-day conference in York to hear from Christian and other faiths about spiritual approaches to end of life issues.
The day will include presentations and small group discussions led by both the speakers and members of the Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations (QCCIR). There will be time for sharing experiences, reflections and questions. A number of speakers have been approached and more details on costs and how to book will be available early next year. QCCIR encourages area meetings to appoint Friends to attend.
Graham Spackman, 020 7663 1021, grahams@quaker.org.uk

Ongoing Outreach
Outreach is for every day not just for Quaker Week!
We are delighted that during September 2016 we sent out 168 enquirers packs to individuals and 742 packs to meetings for you to distribute. This compares with our usual mail out of 200.
If you are planning outreach events, we can mail an invitation to recent enquirers in your area. Let us know the details of your next event and the county at outreach@quaker.org.uk. We will then send an invitation to people who have recently requested a pack. Please note we cannot let you have the email addresses of the individuals. outreach@quaker.org.uk

Support material
Toolkit for Action
Britain Yearly Meeting has put together a ‘Toolkit for Action’ to help Friends take more effective action on issues they care about. Drawing from knowledge and stories of Friends’ witness across the UK.
Eight guides are available for meetings and individuals to use. These cover topics from how to plan effective action for change and organise actions, to reaching the media and engaging elected representatives.
Visit www.quaker.org.uk/toolkit-for-action
If you would like paper copies, please contact
Maya Williams, 020 7663 1056, mayaw@quaker.org.uk
Encounters  accompaniment
The Quaker Life Network Mental Health in Meetings Cluster has developed a leaflet to accompany the book ‘Encounters with mental distress: Quaker stories’ that it published in 2015.
The new leaflet gives ideas on how Quakers might use the book to explore mental health, mental illness and issues relating to mental wellbeing in Quaker communities.
Find the leaflet enclosed or online at www.quaker.org.uk/documents/encounters-accompaniment.
Oliver Waterhouse, 020 7663 1007, qlnetwork@quaker.org.uk

Friends World Committee for Consultation
Support for Friends World Committee for Consultation
Representatives serving on Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) ask for your prayerful upholding and financial support of FWCC’s work. Quaker concerns cross continents and varied ways
of worship and theology. We hope you can help support FWCC as it ontinues to connect Friends in our work, our worship and our lives. Marleen Schepers, 020 7663 1143, marleens@quaker.org.uk www.quaker.org.uk/qwrc

Church Government: a questionnaire
Please would you take a few minutes to complete this online questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ChurchGov
The Book of Discipline Revision Preparation Group is keen to find out more about how Friends in Britain currently use Quaker faith & practice (Qf&p). In particular, we want to know whether and how Friends who have been appointed to various roles in the society use the church government sections of Qf&p to help them (chapters 3–9 and 11–17). This will be helpful in any future revision. Whether you use Qf&p often or infrequently, your thoughts are important to us.
Deadline for completing questionnaire: 12 January 2017 Michael Booth, 020 7663 1023, qfp@quaker.org.uk