Welcome to London Quakers

Meeting of the 7 AMs of London on 3rd February 2024

Dear Friends, we are definitely looking forward to your participation in the meeting on Saturday.  You can come along and we will welcome you.  Doors open from 9:30.  Go to the Benjamin Lay room on Level 2.

Its' definitely too late to get lunch.  Bookings closed last week and unfortunately several Friends were too late. Other options include M&S or Sainsbury's in Euston station.

You can definitely bring your children. Please send a mail to clerklondonquakers@gmail.com

You can log on to the Zoom meeting using this link:-

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7095049008?pwd=dWJlWXVKSk1ENVpUWWMrVkwxQlV3QT09&omn=86597878270

Meeting ID                 709 504 9008

Passcode                LONDONQS

 

What London Quakers 

plan for 2024

London Quakers looks forward to supporting a series of meeting managed by the Clerks of the 7 London AMs.

London Quakers will support the meetings which are being managed by the seven Area Meetings of London to "move towards creating a single AM for London" . The first of these meetings will be on 3rd February 2024 at Friends House.  You can find registration and other details under Events.  This meeting seeks to involve children and Young People.  We hope that the new CYP worker for London will join the day and meet lots of you.  

London Quakers also plan to run our own events in between the meetings to do with  governance of the Quakers of London

The Steering Group of London Quakers recognise that there's plenty to talk, discuss and learn about apart from governance, important though that is.  We didn''t do much last year, really.  Sorry.  We're working on events with wider scope which we can run in the gaps between governance related meetings.

We hope to hold

  • another Poetry Social in the spring
  • An active Hope event on the lines of the well received workshop in December (organised by others, thank you to them).
  • An in-person day to do with learning about Eldrship and Pastoral Friend work, possibly including more about safeguarding and the current guidance of the Yearly Meeting.
  • Another event about reparations after Yearly Meeting when we have a better sense of the direction of travel of Quakers in Britain.
  • Possibly a presentation of a gender diversity epistle which has been slowly developing under the guidance  of a group of Friends 

 

Where have the PLG papers gone to?

The Steering Group of Pan London Governance has laid itself down.  Each of the 7 Area Quaker Meetings of London has been asked to appoint two members of a Development Group to take forward work on the governance of the Quakers of London.

We hope that names of these Development Group appointees will be known by the time of the meeting on 3rd February.

The PLG page and Plungs Papers page still contain:-

1  The very brief summary of the decision of the London AMs to move towards forming a single AM for London.  

2  A summary of the decisions by the AMs plus a summary of ‘reservations’ retrieved from the AM minutes

3 A compilation of the minutes from the seven Area Meetings giving responses to the Invitation to Commit

4  Links to the papers upon which the Invitation to Commite was based.

We were reminded recently abot the August 2024 plenary meeting in South Africe of Friends World Committee for Consultation. These FWCC meetings bring together a group of Friends from all corners of the world.  More information at https://fwcc.world/event/world-plenary-meeting-2024/  The theme of the World Plenary Meeting is ‘Living the spirit of Ubuntu: Responding with hope to God’s call to cherish creation – and one another’.

Quakers talking over coffee

Welcome.  Are you a Quaker living in or visiting London?  Or someone who wants to find out more about Quakers, or find a meeting?

We aim to keep Quakers across London in touch with one another, and to give us a voice in addressing the wider world by organising events and helping us keep in touch with one another.

There are about forty Quaker meetings in London, grouped into seven Area Meetings.  Most meet for worship each Sunday, and sometimes at other times too.   Any of them will be glad to see you whenever you come.

Come and join us!  Most of our events are open to all, just turn up.  They are free, although some may have a collection.  But if you cannot afford it, or don’t want to contribute, please don’t.  We’d rather have you than not.  (Courses are the exception – they have a small charge and need to be booked.)

Find your nearest Quaker meeting in London using our map facility.

Visit https://quakermeeting.org for an interactive tool to locate meetings throughout Britain.

Quakers are a free-thinking faith organisation with a long tradition of challenging accepted norms, helping the disadvantaged and working for peace.

​Quakers seek to balance their inner and outer lives. We seek meaning and purpose by sitting in silence and stillness, waiting for promptings to guide our lives. For many, this leads to being actively involved in working to help others and change society for the benefit of all.

Learn more…

If you are already part of the Quaker community and would like to get involved in our initiatives or need help with your outreach, Discovering Quakers opens new insights.you can find out more here.

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Upcoming Events

Sat 24 February

To Thine Own Self be True

10:00

Venue: Friends House

This is a follow up meeting to the Sex and Gender Diversity blended meeting held at Friends House in February 2023 (To Thine Own Self Be True IV) where we began work on a draft
epistle reflecting on BYM minute 31.
You are invited to be part of a worshipping group collaborating for the shared purpose of finalising the epistle and considering how it might be shared with others, including Quaker
bodies, area meetings and Yearly Meeting Agenda Committee.
This will be a blended meeting: Friends are welcome in person or online.
Registration is essential - please use this link:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/invitation-to-to-thine-own-self-be-true-v-tickets-827316645357?aff=oddtdtcreator


We will send the file of the draft epistle and the Zoom link to those who have registered by Close of business on Thursday 22nd February.

Sun 3 March

Young Adult Quaker Meeting

17:00-18:00

Venue: Westminster Quaker Meeting House, 52 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4EA

3 March 2024 at 17:00 – 18:00

London Young Adult Quaker Meeting provides a supportive and nurturing space for young Quakers aged between 18 and 35 to connect, reflect, and share in silent worship.  

It's also a great way to meet others who share our Quaker values and beliefs.

Takes place the first Sunday in every month at Westminster Quaker Meeting House

Fri 15 March

Harmony of Expression:- a fusion of poetry, literature and music

18:30-21:00

Venue: Westminster Meeting House

Dear friends, join us for an enchanting evening brimming with creativity, featuring music, singing, poetry, and prose
Featured Quaker poets, writers, and musicians:
1.Jennifer kavanagh
2.Francis Touch, bassoon player
3.Bob Newsom, singer and guitarist WH
4. Peter Daniel’s poet SN
5.Alison Skilhardy Actress of staging, screen WM
6.ISA Levy commissioned, artist, actress and writer, just released a new book H
7. Cathy Bell. Poet 
 
An open mic awaits, providing space for you to share your own expressions. (2-minute slots)
Light refreshments and friendly chat from 6.30 (contributions to bring & share welcome but not compulsory), start 7pm.
Looking forward to welcoming you there!  
#CreativityUnleashed

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