Meeting for Sufferings: Friends hear from Quaker chaplains
'Sometimes, I just sit by a patient so they can have a peaceful death… we can all provide pastoral care. We can all provide space to listen.’
The day ended with Friends hearing from three Quaker chaplains. Robin Fishwick, a Quaker chaplain at the University of Leeds, said he is often asked how many Friends are at the university (‘a few’), but ‘this is not particularly relevant’. Aside from a few ‘Quaker-specific things’ – for example, a weekly Meeting for Worship – most of his work is serving the whole community as a Quaker. ‘Being a Quaker does mean it’s a lot easier to work alongside people of other faiths’, he said, or those not particularly religious. ‘I think that’s sometimes underestimated by universities.’
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