Eco Quakers Ireland and the Ireland Yearly Meeting (IYM) Investment Committee has produced a booklet to promote an ethical investment policy for Quaker Meetings in Ireland and for IYM Funds.
The Quakers and Ethical Investment booklet, which arose out of a widespread concern among Friends in Ireland about the investment of funds under Friends’ care, is designed to give broad guidance on investment within the ethical framework which Friends have set.
In a letter accompanying the booklet, the Investment Committee and Eco Quakers Committee urges Friends responsible for the investments of Meetings and Funds to view afresh the strategy that is being pursued.
“Monies are only useful if they are used for a purpose which is well thought out,” the letter states. “If, as a result of a review exercise, you do plan to change some of your investments, do take into account that stock markets can be very volatile as we have seen in early 2020.
“We are investing for the long term and should not be over affected by short term movements. Advice is available, both from within the Society and from outside – do seek it and take it into consideration!”
The letter may be read in full here and the booklet at this link.
The booklet is initially being launched in digital form but some hard copies will be printed and made available at Yearly Meeting 2021.
Continuing and deepening difficulties in Lebanon make life for the staff, the pupils and the whole community of Brummana High School, a real and daily challenge.
The Quaker International Educational Trust’s (QuIET) responsibilities are twofold. Firstly to support the local Governors of the school; the Principal David Gray and his team; but most importantly the continuing education of the 1,250 children who study there. Secondly we are pledged to uphold the Quaker values upon which the school was founded nearly 150 years ago.
David’s letter inside sets out what the problems are and how the school is meeting the challenges. We, as QuIET trustees, invite Quakers everywhere to join us in supporting the school by donating to the 2020-21 Bursary Appeal.
In this time of Covid 19 crisis, we are thinking of the residents and the wonderful staff working in Bloomfield Health Services. Founded in 1812 by The Religious Society of Friends, Bloomfield today consists of New Lodge Nursing Home with 36 beds and a Mental Health facility of 114 beds with a staff complement of over 200, from all around the world.
Bloomfield will need an Emergency Fund to help them all through lockdown, isolation and infection. Their immediate need is for iPads/tablets to help residents connect with and talk to their families remotely but they will have to face and cope with other unexpected consequences for both residents and staff. We ask Friends all over Ireland to Back Our Bloomfield Heroes.
We appreciate that many of you are already coping with job losses and other personal and financial difficulties so our appeal is to those who can help to please donate to our own Quaker charity.
On Monday 6th April, Rathfarnham Friend, Ciara Harrison, presented a 5 minute spiritual message on behalf of Quakers in Ireland on RTE News Now. This message can be viewed on the RTE Player for the next 30 days on this link. You can also read the words by downloading this Word document.
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, Quaker House Dublin is closed to Friends and visitors. Please see the following information on how best to maintain contact with the office during this time.
*REVISED* Contact Details June 2020
The Historical Library will remain closed until further notice.
CONTACTING THE OFFICE:
Monday 9am to 1pm& Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 5pm – Valerie Howard is contactable in the office – 01 499 8003. Monday 2pm to 5pm, Valerie is contactable on the mobile + 353 87 406 2972. (closed for lunch from 1 – 2pm)
Wednesday (9am to 1pm) & Thursday, Friday – 9am to 5pm
(closed for lunch from 1 – 2pm) Mary McNeilly is contactable on the office mobile only until further notice + 353 087 408 6399
Please do not leave voice messages on the office landline until further notice.
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) has produced a poetry book, Pilgrim Verses, with all profits from sales going to the work of AVP.
Pilgrim Verses contains a collection of beautiful and simple poems about travels, religion, family and life by Padraic Murray, who is one of the AVP directors and who attends Monkstown Meeting.
The poems are accompanied by calligraphies by Vincent Daniau.
Padraic says, “I have had the pleasure of walking parts of the Camino de Santiago on four separate occasions between 2006 and 2013. It was a vivid reminder, if needed, that life indeed is a pilgrimage.
“For reasons of health and climate concern, I am now discovering the pilgrim paths of my native Ireland. The pilgrimages marked my journey from spiritual certainty to questioning. Many of these concerns are reflected in the verses, which for the most part were composed ‘on the spot’ with the help of a series of now defunct iPhones. The verses of varying quality were herded into a single document and with the help of family and friends we narrowed them down.”