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‘Quakers and the Enlightenment’ ~ 6 July

The title of this year’s annual lecture organised by Yearly Meeting Historical Committee is ‘Quakers and The Enlightenment’ and will be delivered by Julianna Minihan in Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Dublin 16, on Friday 6th July.

There will be an exhibition in the Quaker House Library from 7pm and the lecture will begin at 7.30pm.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Senior Moyallon Camp 2018

Senior Moyallon Camp for any F(f)friends aged 14+ will be held from 6th to 13th July 2018 at the Moyallon Centre. For more information and application forms visit

Senior Moyallon Camp invite Friends to join them at the Moyallon Centre on Sunday 8th July for a Missionary Meeting at 3pm. The Meeting will be led by campers and. It will be an opportunity to support the camp missionary project which is Cosmovision. An organisation that works with refugees and migrants in Athens. Light refreshments will be served after the Meeting.












‘Building Security: Trust or Fear’ conference ~ Dublin


Building Security: Trust or Fear

20 April 2018

The Helix, Dublin City University, Dublin 9

Hosted by

Dublin City University,

Quaker Council for European Affairs Brussels,

Dublin Quaker Peace Committee.

The conference is a free event but to assist with the organising of the event please register your interest in attending with or

  1. Introduction:

During the past five years, many assumptions about security have been eroded, new security challenges have emerged both inside and outside Europe needing new thinking around how to respond.

In a Europe in which increased paranoia is used as a political weapon against the “outsider”, how do we play a role as citizens in defining a policy which will direct action to take us away from fear and return us to trust? In a changed scenario, what role do citizens and policy makers play?

Dublin City University (DCU), Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA), and the Dublin Quaker Peace Committee are organising a conference bridging academics, policy makers and civil society to discuss this new security environment and our changing roles and responsibilities. This event is open to everyone interested in this challenging situation.

  1. Programme:

09h30 – 10h00:  Opening: John Doyle, Professor & Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, and Executive Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU.

10h00 – 12h00:  What does security mean in Europe and what is our vision of the European Union as a security provider?

What does the European Union and Europe mean by security?

What is our vision of the European Union as a provider of security?

What is our role as citizens in moving the European Union from fear to trust?

 ConvenorMaria-Adriana Deiana, Assistant Professor in European Security,  Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, DCU

  • Ian Anthony, Programme Director, European Security Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
  • Anna Penfrat, Senior Policy Officer, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)
  • Girogio Porzio, Head of Division, Concepts and Capabilities, CMPD, European External Action Service
  • John Doyle, Professor & Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction and Executive Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU.

12h30 – 14h00: Buffet Lunch served: speakers available to informally discuss concerns raised by the morning session.

14h30 – 16h00:  A changing security environment: new threats need new answers.

Convenor: Andrew Lane, Director, Quaker Council for European Affairs, Brussels

Are the roles of military and civilian actors complimentary or opposing?

New threats need new answers – what is the role now for military and civilian actors?

 Are there new actors involved in providing security and what gap do they fill?

Is there a role for communities and civil society as providers of security and if so, which one?         

  • Murray T. Guptill, Deputy Director European Engagement, US Naval Forces Europe and Africa, NATO
  • Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead, QCEA
  • Maria Mekri, Executive Director, SaferGlobe
  • Maura Conway, Professor of International Security, School of Law and Government / Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, DCU 

16h00 – 16h30: Concluding Remarks: Kenneth McDonagh, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Law and Government, Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, DCU



Free online course re early Quakers

Are you interested in learning about early Quakers? If so, you might like to take this free online course – ‘Radical Spirituality: the Early History of the Quakers’.

This is an opportunity to learn about Quakerism as it emerged in  17th century England.

Through the course, you will find out about what lies at the heart of Quaker beginnings, who its main characters were, and how in a few weeks during the summer of 1652 the Quaker movement was formed in the north of England.

The three-week course will start on 30 April 2018 and will take three hours per week.


Volunteer needed at Quaker Cottage, Belfast

Quaker Cottage – a unique Quaker charity making love visible to those for whom it is often absent – urgently needs a full-time volunteer.

“Experience with children is helpful; but love for them is essential.”

Having had a long-term volunteer leave us unexpectedly, we now have an immediate opportunity for a volunteer colleague to live and work at Quaker Cottage, a cross-community family support centre situated on the side of Black Mountain, overlooking West Belfast. Quaker Cottage is a very special day centre that provides care and support for disadvantaged families referred by social services. Typically, the families have experienced some form of trauma in their lives or have difficulty coping with day-to-day living. All participant families live in areas most affected by the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Quaker Cottage aims to provide a safe and caring environment to actively promote increased self-esteem, greater family understanding and cooperation, improved social and life skills, enhanced development, and mutual understanding and respect.

Traditionally our voluntary colleagues stay with us for a year but on this occasion, we will also consider someone who may not be available for the full year but who can help in the interim until we can secure longer term support.

Role Description
You will be required to work with children from 0-18 years old, using a very individualised and effective model of child care. All of these children come from areas which have experienced a high level of violence, and much of the behaviour that they display is negative. An attitude of tolerance and understanding is imperative. The working week is Monday to Friday. Other tasks include cooking, cleaning and minibus driving. Volunteering at Quaker Cottage is rewarding but it can also be physically and emotionally difficult. Commitment to giving 100% to the children is key. Experience with children is helpful; love for them is essential. Volunteers must have experience in minibus driving or be willing to learn. One week in six, the child care volunteers will be expected to prepare a meal for 10 adults and 12 children.

Volunteers are provided with purpose-built accommodation and transport. Living and other out of pocket expenses are reimbursed to a value not exceeding £54 per week.

Accommodation (if required)
A modern cottage/bungalow with your own room, a shared living room and a large kitchen/dining area. It is purpose-built and is exclusively for the use of volunteers – located adjacent to the day-centre. Facilities include TV, DVD player, CD/MP3 player, washer/dryer and Wi-Fi facilities. There is a basic PC for volunteers to use but many choose to bring a laptop.

Other comments: Applicants should feel free to email, or phone the project with any questions about the work. Initially they should contact Grant McCullough by email at or tel: +44 28 90714500.

Update on Drogheda Meeting for Worship

Due to ongoing refurbishment work, there will be no December Meetings in Drogheda Grammar School. The next Meeting for Worship is scheduled for Sunday 14th January 2018.

There will be no Meeting for Worship in Drogheda on either Sunday 26th November or Sunday 24th December.
Drogheda Friends look forward to seeing you on Sunday 10th December as usual.