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Save the date: Ireland Yearly Meeting 2020

IYM2020 is planned for April 16th – 19th, 2020 in Stranmillis University College, Belfast.

This information is posted so that those interested may note the dates for their diary – please do not make inquiries to either Stranmillis or the Quaker Office at this time, as details are not yet in place.   Further information, booking forms etc will be available closer to the time.

British Friends listen to Irish Friends

Britain Yearly Meeting’s Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations met for the first time in Ireland in June.

The committee was hosted by Friends from Limerick Meeting and two of the main topics considered were sustainability and peace, including the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.

Read this report published in ‘The Friend’, which outlines how British Friends listened to Irish Friends describe 20 years of change.

Yearly Meeting 2019 Epistle & Report

We were delighted to be joined by more than 20 Friends from other countries for Ireland Yearly Meeting 2019, which took place in The High School, Dublin, from 25th – 28th April. The theme was ‘Education’.

You can read the epistle here and a report here.

“Education means the right training of the body as well as of the mind, it also means caring for the spirit. Quaker Life and Practice 6.3″

 

The Parables of Jesus – Niamh Hardiman

Niamh Hardiman of Churchtown Meeting gave a very interesting talk on ‘Considering The Parables of Jesus’ at Yearly Meeting in The High School, Dublin, on 25 April 2019.

She spoke about Jesus’ parables as a radical challenge to conventional values and priorities that has enduring implications for us both individually and collectively.

You can read the full script of her talk here.

Education, Ministry and Renewal – Noah Merrill

Noah Merrill of Putney Friends Meeting in Vermont delivered a fascinating and thought-provoking public lecture at Ireland Yearly Meeting in The High School, Dublin, on 26 April.

He spoke about the transformative love of God and challenged Friends and other audience members to bear witness to the infinite love of God. “Can we open a space for people who have been wounded to take refuge and offer them a deeper hope?” he asked.

“We are never alone, we are called by the Spirit into a community of deep hope. The story of our journey doesn’t end in a grave, but an empty tomb … Our journey ends in joy.”

A full transcript of Noah’s talk will be posted here soon. 

Noah seeks to be faithful in the Quaker tradition of gospel ministry—the practical spiritual work of encouraging faithfulness and awakening hearts. His service is under the care of Putney Friends Meeting in Vermont, which has recognised his call to ministry for the renewal of the Quaker movement. Noah has served with the cross-branch Quaker ministry organisation Good News Associates, with the American Friends Service Committee, and as a founding board member of Quaker Voluntary Service. In 2009, for work supporting refugees from violent conflict in the Middle East, Utne Reader Magazine recognized him as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” In April 2012, Noah offered the plenary worship address on behalf of North American Friends at the Sixth World Conference of Friends in Kenya.

In 2013, he gave the Michener Lecture at Southeastern Yearly Meeting of Friends in the United States, with the title, “Prophets, Midwives, and Thieves: Reclaiming the Ministry of the Whole.” Noah’s writing on Quaker ministry, prophetic service and institutional renewal has been published in Friends JournalWestern Friend magazine, Quaker Life, and other Friends publications. He serves as Secretary of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends.