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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.

 

EcoQuakers urge political leaders to take action on greenhouse gas emissions

EcoQuakers Ireland have written to political leaders both sides of the border urging them to take immediate action on the problem of greenhouse gas emissions.

You can read here the letter sent to Minister Richard Bruton, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment in the Republic.

A similar letter has been sent to all the political parties in Northern Ireland.

New meeting for worship in Galway!

A new Meeting for Worship group is starting in Clarinbridge, Co Galway.

Meeting for Worship will take place at 7pm on the first Tuesday of each month starting on 5th February 2019.

It will take place in the beautiful Sccul Sanctuary in the grounds of the Brothers of Charity buildings in Clarinbridge. The room has a lovely stove and so will be cosy and warm for everyone.  It will start at 7pm and will be followed by a cup of tea at 7.40.

The grounds are fairly vast so if anyone needs a lift from the gate, or details on how to get to the sanctuary, email Eilis at creativegaeilge@gmail.com.

Watch the EcoQuakers film!

‘Quakers: The Spiritual Journey of Earthcare’ – a film by EcoQuakers Ireland – premiered during Yearly Meeting at the Millennium Theatre, Limerick, on 19th July 2018.

The film features a number of Irish Quakers talking about the spiritual challenges around sustainability, where they find joy in the sustainability journey and what their one wish for change in Ireland would be in relation to sustainability >>

You can find out more about EcoQuakers Ireland here.

Quaker suffragette Lucy Kingston features on RTE

It was great to see Quaker suffragette Lucy Kingston featured on the RTE programme ‘Life After the Rising’. If you missed it, you can watch it back on RTE player here.

Lucy’s granddaughter, Sylvia Wigham of Churchtown Meeting, reminisces about her grandmother and the role she played in the suffragette movement.

Sylvia says she learnt from her mother and grandmother, “If you have rights, then you also have responsibilities … you have a duty to people who are not as fortunate as you … You do what you can where you are.”

Sylvia donated her grandmother’s diaries to the National Archives of Ireland.

 

 

Temple Hill Burial Ground – new book!

Temple Hill Burial Ground – a book by Seán McCrum about the Quaker burial ground in Blackrock, Co Dublin – was launched in Blackrock Library on Saturday 15th December.

The book, which is accompanied by two CDs, explores the unique environment and history of Temple Hill Burial Ground through text, colour photography and sound recording.

It features essays and related articles by Seán McCrum. These include an interview with Christopher Nuzum who has worked on revitalising the burial ground over many years.

Doreen Kennedy, photographer, has contributed a series of atmospheric images, reproduced in full colour.

Artist Anthony Kelly visited the burial ground over a three year period exploring its rich sensory environment through sound recording.

The first CD features a detailed conversation between Christopher Nuzum and Seán McCrum. The second features a composition interweaving voices (including stonemason Michael Roe and Christopher Nuzum) with an evocative series of nature recordings made by Anthony Kelly over three years in Temple Hill.

The book and CDs cost €15 altogether and may be purchased from www.fapointrecordings.com

Temple Hill Burial Ground is in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Many local people know where it is, but very few know anything about it – whose burial ground it is, its history or its appearance.

Many people are very curious to know more – hence this publication. This is a Quaker burial ground, which has been used since the mid-nineteenth century. It has been continuously landscaped. There are many mature trees. It is a safe place for wildlife. It is a peaceable place to visit.

We hope that this publication gives you a sense of the place. If you are able, you can visit it during Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s annual Summer Heritage Festival.

Appeal for Ramallah Friends School, Palestine

Guided by Quaker principles and values, Ramallah Friends School (RFS) in Palestine nurtures confidence and intellectual curiosity through experiential learning and innovative application of knowledge and skills, enabling its students to become independent, adaptable but principled, socially responsible, and internationally-minded citizens.The need is growing and so is RFS. In 2018 the school had to turn away more students than ever. The current economic and political situation in the Holy Land is creating additional pressure, but a commitment has been made to keep tuition and fees accessible for anyone. Currently tuition only covers 80% of  costs. The additional cost of providing a safe and effective educational environment for the pupils is dependent upon donors.

The Quaker International Education Trust has launched an appeal for donations. If you wish to make a donation, you can do so here.

At Ramallah Friends School there is a deep need to meet critical issues as they surface due to the violence and unrest in the Holy Land.

Over 200 people join us planting white poppies

More than 200 members of the public joined Dublin Quakers making white poppies and creating an art installation in Merrion Square, Dublin, on 11 November 2018.

This was to commemorate not only the 9.7 million soldiers and 10 million civilians who died during World War 1, but all who have died as a result of military violence at all times.

A short period of silent commemoration was held at 11am followed by a variety of readings of poetry and prose written by people who were involved in combat as well as by civilians.

The Dublin Quaker Peace Committee, which organised the event, found the response of passers-by “extraordinary”.

“We decided to make white poppies because we wanted our focus to be on individuals, not governments or politicians or generals,” said Seán McCrum, convenor of the Dublin Quaker Peace Committee.

“We felt that we should come up with an event that would commemorate Armistice Day 1918 in a way that would make it very clear we are commemorating all of the individuals who suffered, whether they were military or civilians. And it was very important civilians be remembered because they are totally forgotten about,” he said. “The white poppy is a statement of peace as opposed to the red poppy which has become embroiled in UK politics.”

You can read an excellent article about the event in The Irish Times here.

It was the second time for the Dublin Quaker Peace Committee to host such an event. In 2016 they held a similar event in Merrion Square to commemorate the last day of the Somme when many Irish people were also lost.

The following statement was made in 1661 by early Quakers and we believe it is as valid now as it was then: ‘We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fighting with outward weapons, for any end or any pretence whatsoever.’

You can see more photos on our Facebook page here.