Y Ffordd Dawel? The Quiet Way?

What being a Quaker means to people in Wales today.
Beth mae bod yn Grynwr yn ei olygu i bobl yng Nghymru heddiw.

Here is a series of conversations by people living in Wales exploring their own experience of Quakerism and what it means to them.
Dyma gyfres o sgyrsiau gan bobl sy'n byw yng Nghymru, ac yn ymchwilio i'w profiad unigol o Grynwriaeth รข'r hyn y mae'n ei olygu iddynt.

where to begin with peace and conflict

Ministry at meeting, [which was deeply silent at times] on Sunday 27th July very much settled on conflict, poignant reactions of sadness but also optimism, about the current situation in Gaza but also a reading from Quaker Faith & Practice*, a section of 24.10 [Section 24 starts with our peace testimony and many other statements and questions on peace, conflict & reconciliation] asking us to look to our own lives:

"We urge all ... to have the courage to face up to the mess humans are making of our world and to have the faith and diligence to cleanse it and restore the order intended by God.
We must start with our own hearts and minds. Wars will stop only when each of us is convinced that war is never the way.
The places to begin acquiring the skills and maturity and generosity to avoid or to resolve conflicts are in our own homes, our personal relationships, our schools, our workplaces, and wherever decisions are made.
We must relinquish the desire to own other people, to have power over them, and to force our views on to them. We must own up to our own negative side and not look for scapegoats to blame, punish, or exclude. We must resist the urge towards waste and the accumulation of possessions.
Conflicts are inevitable and must not be repressed or ignored but worked through painfully and carefully. We must develop the skills of being sensitive to oppression and grievances, sharing power in decision-making, creating consensus, and making reparation.
In speaking out, we acknowledge that we ourselves are as limited and as erring as anyone else. When put to the test, we each may fall short."


* The book of Christian discipline of the Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain


Sutton Burial Ground, Hwlffordd / Haverfordwest

Sutton Friends' Burial Ground comes under the care of South Wales Area Meeting. It is within the local community of Sutton just to the west of Hwlffordd / Haverfordwest.

Cardigan Meeting have arranged an after meeting for worship picnic there on July 27th 2014  & we warmly invite any members of Area Meeting to join us there" after 2pm

friends' burial groundfriends' burial ground

Bring : stout shoes; a blanket/cushions/seat; a brolly; food to share; Friends, friends and YOURSELF !

(Warning: the site is enchanting, Romantic, Gothic even, & in parts very overgrown. Those with mobility problems should stick to the flatter, brighter areas. )

You will be relieved to know that a ‘COMFORT STATION’ or ‘LOO’ TENT will be provided on site!
If you search Sutton, Haverfordwest on Google maps you will get something like the image below - the burial ground has been marked by me not Google!

friends burial ground

To see some more photos from the site PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK