Issue 25-02-2022

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Centre of attention: Terry Faull’s Thought for the Week

FREE 24 Feb 2022 | by Terry Faull

At the bottom of my garden there is a green lane. In one direction it leads to the parish church, which has a curvilinear enclosure that suggests it has been a sacred site since at least Celtic times. In the other direction the lane runs alongside a wood that was...

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As miserable as sin: Margaret Cook listens to Milton Keynes Friends rethink Augustine

24 Feb 2022 | by Margaret Cook

‘What would change if we really did trust our own goodness – if we made space for loving and accepting ourselves?’ | Photo: Saint Augustine by Joseph Brown (Holy Cross Monastery, New York)

Late last year, Friends in Milton Keynes focussed on the hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’, written by the nineteenth-century Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Verse three describes Jesus withdrawing to the hills ‘to share with Thee/the silence of eternity interpreted by love.’

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State of mind: For Keith Archer, an old photograph speaks to a contemporary situation

24 Feb 2022 | by Keith Archer

Group photograph of the staff of Abeokuta Grammar School, Nigeria, 16 July 1963. | Photo: Courtesy of Keith Archer

Recently, as I was sorting through some clutter, I came across an old photograph, dated 16 July 1963. It was a group photograph of the staff of Abeokuta Grammar School, Nigeria, and the writing on the back described it as the ‘Send-off photograph in honour of Mr & Mrs Vogel, Messrs. Edun,...

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Quakers celebrate LGBT history month

FREE 24 Feb 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy

'Exmouth Quakers invited members and allies of the LGBT community to join them as part of the town’s Exmouth Pride festival.' | Photo: courtesy of Exmouth Friends

Quakers have celebrated LGBT history this month through outreach and art. Exmouth Quakers invited members and allies of the LGBT community to join them as part of the town’s Exmouth Pride festival. Linking with its mind, body and spirit theme, the Exmouth Pride organisers wrote on Facebook: ‘It was...

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Loving Earth: Some starting points for Earthcare – an alphabet book from the Quaker Arts Network

24 Feb 2022 | by Annette Gambin

‘In spite of its size and cheerful appearance, this book carries a serious and important message. Small actions matter.’ | Photo: Book cover of Loving Earth: Some starting points for Earthcare – an alphabet book from the Quaker Arts Network

The Quaker Arts Network, which hopefully is familiar to many readers, has a soul child: The Loving Earth Project. It comprises a series of fabric panels on an ecological theme, and everyone is invited to be part of it. I would personally describe it as creative campaign, using textile art...

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The high life: David L Saunders on an ecumenical matter

24 Feb 2022 | by David L Saunders

The priest thanked God for ‘the prophetic witness and service of the Religious Society of Friends'. | Photo: by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash

Like Michael Saunders (17 December) I confess to ‘high’ Quaker tendencies. While I treasure our witness to simplicity in corporate worship, I do find spiritual strength and focus from lighting my morning prayer candle. Symbols can have power and meaning – after all, Quakers have made great use of ‘Light’ over the...

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Quakers urge peace in Ukraine

FREE 24 Feb 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy

Quakers have spoken out about the situation between Russia and Ukraine. Philip Austin, convenor of the Northern Friends Peace Board (NFPB), said: ‘This is a deeply worrying time and I hope we can play a useful role by providing and facilitating support, and by sharing information.’

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Bristol Peace Lecture draws inspiration from West Africa

24 Feb 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy

Bristol Quakers have chosen a sacred West African musical instrument to accompany this year’s annual Peace Lecture. The event next month will feature playwright and activist Ros Martin and Cameroon musician Alphonse Daudet Touna.

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Juliet Prager leaves BYM post

24 Feb 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy

Juliet Prager, the deputy recording clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) since 2013, will be leaving her post at the end of May.

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Woodbrooke considers way forward

24 Feb 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy

Woobrooke has said that it will no longer be offering bed and breakfast as it is not financially viable. A statement from the centre says: ‘While the Woodbrooke Centre has remained open for most of the last two years, the business model that the centre was operating before the pandemic...

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We Speak Crisis Here, by Violet White

24 Feb 2022 | by Voirrey Faragher

This small pamphlet of poems is remarkable. I commend it to any Friend who feels deeply the wounds we witness and experience in the world. White speaks from the heart of the intense suffering in our world, and of unbearable and unthinkable atrocities. She lays them before us in poetic...

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The chrysalis

24 Feb 2022 | by Judith Hedges

One hot afternoon in France, exhausted and longing for shade, I perched upon a wayside pile of logs, gingerly… for fear of snakes…

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Letters - 25 February 2022

24 Feb 2022 | by The Friend

Prepared readings When we were unable to meet in person, our Meeting’s pastoral team decided to offer a suggested reading from Quaker faith & practice each week. The thinking was that if we were all to read the passage at home at the beginning of our usual Meeting time,...

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