World Quaker Day fell on Sunday 2 October this year (2016) and brought together the global Quaker community. It falls in the ninth British Quaker Week which rune from 1-9 October. Quaker meetings around England, Scotland and Wales are opening their doors with a warm welcome, offering music and art, drama and discussion, worship and witness.
Some Quakers will offer pauses for thought on local radio stations. One, Peter Rutter from Shrewsbuty, featured on BBC One Songs of Praise, relating his experience as a conscientious objector in World War II.
Quakers will be inviting everyone to discover how they are inspired by faith to work for a more peaceful, equal and sustainable world.
Events around the country during Quaker Week include:
- Market stalls and open days
- Discussion on why money does or doesn't work for people
- Expressing faith through art
- How do you experience worship?
- The danger of drones
- Eye-witness accounts from the West Bank
- Radical drama on whistle blowers
Looking forward to the Week, Alistair Fuller, Head of Outreach Development for Quakers in Britain said, “Inspired by faith, Quaker Week is an exciting opportunity for people to explore Quakerism and to find out about our worship, our tradition and our action in the world. We encourage Quaker meetings across England, Scotland and Wales to think of creative and engaging ways of sharing with others how their faith shapes their lives."
* Follow on #QuakerWeek16
* 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.
*Quakers in Britain http://www.quaker.org.uk/