Category Archives: Eco Quakers

Eco-Congregation Ireland conference – September 14 & 15

Eco-Congregation Ireland is holding its inaugural conference in Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, near Newry, on Friday and Saturday 14th and 15th September 2012.  Friends throughout Ireland are warmly encouraged to attend. 

 Tony Weekes of South Belfast Meeting will lead a workshop on Finance for a Fair Future.  Gillian Armstrong and Fiona Murdoch of Rathfarnham Meeting are among the organisers. Gillian is the Quaker rep on Eco-Congregation Ireland and Fiona is their Communications Officer.

 The theme will be God’s Creation – Our Responsibility? with talks and workshops on a variety of topics related to faith and the environment.

 The speakers will include Alastair McIntosh, the Scottish Quaker academic and author of Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality.  Others will be Prof Stephen Williams of UnionTheologicalCollege, Belfast  and, from England, Prof David Horrell, Dr Anne Primavesi and Rev Peter Owen-Jones.  Peter, an Anglican clergyman, author and television presenter will be making a presentation and leading a workshop. His BBC documentaries have included Around the World in 80 Faiths and How to Live a Simple Life.

 Workshop topics will include God’s creation and poetry, Celtic spirituality, Ecology and the economy, Climate change, How to become an eco-congregation and Helping children and young people nurture respect for the earth.

 Participants are welcome to attend all, or part, of the conference. See for further details and to download a booking form. Look out for booking forms in your Meeting too!

Eco Quakers – Autumn Outing to Sonairte

Eco Quakers Ireland invite you to join us for an autumn outing to Sonairte (the National Ecology Centre) at Laytown, County Meath on Sunday 25th September 2011.

Itinerary – Eco Quakers Autumn Outing to Sonairte

9.45 am : Private bus departs Churchtown Meeting House
10.45 am : Arrive at Sonairte, coffee and scones on arrival
11.15 – 11.45 : Meeting for Worship in quiet upstairs room
11.45 onwards : Choice of activities highlighting Apples

  • History of the Sonairte walled garden and its native Irish Apple varieties
  • Cooking with apples
  • Demonstration of apple tree pruning (bring your own secateurs)
  • Tour of the garden and information on organic gardening
  • Riverside woodland walk and ancient rath
  • Museum and shop
  • Light lunch (soup/salad) of organic produce

The bus will return at 4.00 pm (approx.) – arr. Churchtown by 5.00 pm

Booking Details

There will be a charge of €20 – €25 per head, to include all meals and activities at Sonairte. There will be no extra charge for bus transport.

Places on the bus must be reserved in advance.

Friends intending to join in this outing should contact Gillian Armstrong at :

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