'Did the leadings of George Fox emerge from prayers as he struggled to see what God wanted from him?'
Quakers have been invited to contribute a commemoration of George Fox to a ‘Wall of Answered Prayer’.
Fred Ashmore, co-clerk of London Quakers, told the Friend that he was asked if Quakers would take part when one of the wall team, Phil Coltman, wrote to him saying, ‘I am responsible for creating a Heroes of Faith woodland [as part of the wider project] which will be made up of 162 trees telling the story of faith which has impacted the UK and indeed across the world. I would love to look into the possibility of commemorating the history and work of George Fox, coupled with all that is being achieved through the Quaker communities to the present day.’
Inviting ideas from Friends, Fred Ashmore said: ‘This sounds like an interesting and thought-provoking idea, even though Quakers don’t do heroes much. Did the leadings of George Fox emerge from prayers as he struggled to see what God wanted from him? How many of the other works which Friends have engaged in over the centuries would be described as answers to prayers? I think of the way that groups of hazel trees can act as a nursery for oaks to grow robustly. Those Quakers who seem significant to all of us, were probably nurtured by a community of faithful friends listening and supporting big ideas.’
The Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer should be completed by the end of 2023. The wall will be digitally mapped and recognised by a phone app that is currently in development.
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