National Quaker Week: 'let your life speak'

By agency reporter
October 2, 2014

Quakers in Britain will be marking their eighth national Quaker Week from 4 to 12 October, following the theme 'Let your life speak' and focusing on Quakers finding God in everyone, living simply and working for peace, equality and justice.

Alistair Fuller, Head of Outreach Development for Quakers in Britain says “Quaker Week is a simple idea: it’s an annual focus to encourage people to discover how Quakers live out our faith in our lives. Quaker worship is rooted in stillness and waiting and we find that people are drawn to that stillness and to our deep commitment to nonviolence, peace, equality, simplicity and truth.”

The first World Quaker Day (WQD) takes place on Sunday 5 October, bringing together several regional events. “We’re delighted that the global initiative draws on our experience here in Britain, and it helps to remind Quakers here that we are part of a worldwide family,” says Alistair Fuller. Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is inviting every Quaker meeting from around the world to celebrate World Quaker Day. FWCC General Secretary, Gretchen Castle says: “As the sun rises in each area of the world we want to remember that Quakers are worshipping through every time zone, celebrating our deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions.”

The many events around England, Scotland and Wales are about raising the profile of Quakers. They include:

- 4 October 11.00am Quaker Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road, Harpenden AL5 1PD. Oliver Robertson, formerly of Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva, on ‘Conscientious Objection to Military Service – A Human Right?’ In addition, there is an exhibition about Quaker service in wartime.

- 5 October 3.00pm Quaker Meeting House, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1SJ. Bruce Kent will speak about his work with politicians, military leaders and international agencies in search of peaceful solutions to armed conflict.

- A week-long programme of events in the new Swansea Quaker Meeting House Annexe, Page Street, Swansea SA1 4EZ: 4 October 6pm Art exhibition, circle dancing and refreshments; 5 October 10.45am all-age worship; 8 October 7.00pm meeting for worship and digital stories about conscientious objectors and peace activists; 9 October 7.00pm readings from Quaker poet Stevie Krayer and other local poets including refugees, and peace songs from Swansea World Singers; 12 October 10.45am meeting for worship followed by Ask Quaker Questions.

* Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends.

* Around 23,000 people attend 478 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change.

* Follow Quaker Week on #quakerweek

* More on World Quaker Day here: www.worldquakerday.org

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