Loving Greetings to Friends everywhere, British Friends of all ages, and visiting Friends from around the world, have gathered in London for our second of three Yearly Meetings looking at ‘Living out our faith in the world’ and have experienced a great depth of worship.
‘Our worship is a worship of listening: to the Spirit, to each other and to ourselves.’ These words of ministry were spoken by a Friend in an opening session of Yearly Meeting 2016 and set a tone and template for a gathering in which personal witness and story were a feature...
Ada Salter was a pioneer of ethical socialism and an important figure in the story of radical politics in early twentieth century Britain. While familiar to many Quakers, she is not widely recognised outside the Religious Society of Friends. Most people do not know that she was only the fifteenth...
One hundred and eleven Friends aged under-eighteen, along with twenty-one adult volunteers, participated in programmes arranged by Britain Yearly Meeting’s Children and Young People’s team.
Friends were encouraged to engage with the rich mixture of inspiration and wisdom contained in Quaker faith & practice in a lunchtime event held in the Friends House Library on Sunday.
The library and corridors of Friends House during Yearly Meeting hosted an impressive exhibition of Quaker witness on conscience and conscription during the first world war.
This year’s Swarthmore Lecture, Mending broken hearts; rebuilding shattered lives: Quaker peacebuilding in Eastern Africa, was delivered in one voice, rather than two, as planned. Cécile Nyiramana of Rwanda Yearly Meeting was to be one of the joint lecturers. Despite having her visa granted in good time, she...
The wide range of centrally managed work done in the name of Friends by Britain Yearly Meeting staff was the subject of an informative session on Friday afternoon. A number of staff gave inspiring short talks.
The dedication and hard work of employees of the Friends House Hospitality Company (FHHC), who look after all aspects of the security, cleaning, reception, catering and running of Friends House, was commended by Nick Francis, a member of the FHHC board of trustees.
Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) hosted a lively interest group on Saturday 28 May entitled: ‘Building a new economy: simple, equal, economic stewardship.’
Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW), the Northern Friends Peace Board (NFPB) and Young Friends General Meeting (YFGM), brought together by a shared witness against nuclear weapons, hosted a session at Yearly Meeting that urged Friends to take anti-Trident action.
Mindfulness is part of the toolkit Quaker Social Action (QSA) deploys in its This Way Up (TWU) project, which aims to help people set achievable goals and develop coping strategies.
The dramatic increase in the number of people relying on private rented accommodation was highlighted in an interest group on ethical landlords. The session, which was used to launch a constitution for the newly formed Ethical Landlords Association, considered the growing ‘power imbalance between landlords and tenants’.
Friends were told, in the interest group on climate justice, that if we do nothing the resulting chaos would be devastating.
The work of the Central Nomination Committee’s (CNC) twenty-one members is perhaps the most important and least well-known and understood of all the major Yearly Meeting (YM) committees, Friends heard at an interest group on Saturday lunchtime.
A challenging production by Journeymen Theatre left a hushed audience with food for thought on Saturday. Lynn and David Morris performed ‘Feeding the Darkness… Shining a Light on State-Sanctioned Torture through Story, Poem and Song’ at a special interest group hosted by Quaker Concern for the Abolition of Torture (Q-CAT).
The inspiring work of two nineteenth century Welsh pacifists was highlighted in a well-received public lecture at Yearly Meeting. Richard C Allen, reader in early modern history at the University of South Wales, delivered the Friends Historical Society Presidential Address of 2016 on the subject of Providing a moral compass for...
Twenty-eight Friends squeezed together to hear Laura Shipler Chico of Quaker Peace & Social Witness’ (QPSW) overseas peacebuilding subcommittee describe the work taking place in Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi in a special interest group on Saturday 28 May.
A dozen Friends met for the annual general meeting of the Quaker Disability Equality Group (QDEG) at a special interest group at Friends House on Sunday. QDEG’s annual report reflected an active year in which, among other things, the Group had been consulted by the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre...
The session on ‘Eldership and oversight: Deepening and growth of Area Meetings’ began in a familiar pattern. Friends present were given five questions to discuss in groups of three or four. The questions were about making newcomers welcome, and supporting elders and overseers.
On Saturday afternoon Friends gathered to hear about the role of Talking Friends in helping people with impaired sight gain access to written Quaker material.
More than thirty Friends crammed into Drayton Room Four in Friends House on Saturday lunchtime for a Skype link with Sergei Grushko and Natasha Zhuravenkova in Friends House Moscow. The title of the session was ‘Russia is changing: How can we respond?’