The mission of Quaker Service in Ulster is to play a practical role in reducing violence, suffering and disadvantage by providing services which support, value and empower people. Their beautifully illustrated annual report 2010-2011 (pdf, 3.1 mb) gives an inspiring outline of their current work. (Please note that this is a large document so takes a little while to open up).
You can now listen to Meeting for Worship from Ballitore Meeting, County Kildare using the RTE Player.
The meeting for worship was broadcast on Sunday 30th October 2011 and includes a wide ranging discussion of Quaker faith and practice.
A Conversation on Experiences in the Magdelene Laundries
This public meeting will be held in the Quaker Meeting House, Limerick at 8pm on Wednesday 9th November 2011.
Pauline Goggin who has recently been speaking to survivors of institutional abuse, including some survivors of the Magdalene Laundries living in London
Evelyn McGlynn who has completed her degree and master’s theses in Limerick College of Art and Design on the Magdelene Laundries.
A former resident of the Good Shepherd Laundry now living in England
This meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome.
Further Information: Magdalene Conversations Information Leaflet.
The Religious Service on RTÉ Long Wave 252 on Sunday 30th October 2011 at 10.45am will be conducted by Quakers and will feature a discussion by Friends at Ballitore Meeting House, County Kildare.
The silence of a Quaker meeting for worship is not appropriate for radio. But an essential part is vocal ministry and on this occasion the voices of Friends rather than silence will take over.
The service will be available on RTÉ Radio long wave 252 in Ireland and Europe. The programme will also be available worldwide through the internet via Radio 1 Extra Stream and on Radio 1 Extra on DAB digital radio in the greater Dublin area, Cork and Limerick.
We will provide details of the downloadable podcast as soon as these are available.
Leinster Quarterly Meeting will be held at Churchtown Meeting House on Sunday 20th November 2011.
The discussion at this Leinster Quarterly Meeting will be ‘Learning from Young Friends’. The speakers are Carolyn McMullan (Youth Coordinator), Orla Reaper-Reynolds (Youth Committee), Ciara Harrison (Youth Committee).
Families are encouraged to attend. There will be activities for children, both in the morning and afternoon. Please email the clerk of Leinster Quarterly Meeting Catriona Phelan if your children hope to attend.
Those not in membership and wishing to attend the business session please notify the clerk on the day.
The programme for the day is as follows:
11.00am Meeting for Worship
12.00pm Leinster Quarterly Business Meeting
1.30pm Lunch (Bring a packed lunch – Tea/Coffee provided)
2.30pm ‘Learning from Young Friends’
4.30pm Tea (by kind invitation of Churchtown Friends)
Special arrangements for Meeting for Worship during the holiday period are as follows:
Thursday 22nd and 29th December
at 6.15 pm for half an hour at Eustace Street
Candle-light Meeting at 7.0 pm followed by mince pies at Churchtown
8.00 am and 11.00 am at Churchtown
9.30 am at Monkstown for half an hour
10.00 am at Rathfarnham
11.00 am at Eustace Street
10.30 am in Enniscorthy, Wexford.
If you don’t see your local meeting listed above, look up your local meeting for worship times – we wish you all a peaceful Christmas.
The Quakers In Ireland website is pleased to announce a new monthly eNewsletter for Friends in Ireland. Each month, the newsletter will contain a digest of news, announcements, events and articles from the News and Events Section of the Quakers in Ireland Website.
Does your meeting or committee have an announcement to make about an event? Do you want to share important news with Friends across the island or beyond? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and we will include your item in News and Events on this website – as well as in our monthly newsletter.
The group set up by Yearly Meeting’s Committee has been working with Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham to arrange training in Quaker roles. The first round of these events for the support of Clerks, will begin in October 2011. We hope to follow this with training for other roles (eg Treasurers, Elders, Overseers and Nominations Committee members) and to bring a sample of Woodbrooke courses to Ireland.
Friends are asked to express an interest in the following:
- Preparation course for experienced clerks
This will be a residential weekend in a venue near Dublin for those with clerking experience, run jointly with a Woodbrooke tutor.
Participants are asked to attend the entire weekend and to be available to help organise and lead 2 further workshop events for clerks around the Yearly Meeting in 2012 and 2013, working in small groups of 2-3.
Costs will be subsidised. Participants may be asked to contribute and may be subsidised by their meetings. Interested Friends should send their contact details to email@example.com.
Date: Friday 21 to Sunday 23 October 2011
2. Workshops for clerks:
These will be held in the next two years at times and in venues to be arranged, at least one in each Quarterly Meeting area.
Participants may be serving Clerks, Assistant Clerks or Friends contemplating clerking duties. Those interested please send their names and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and further information will be sent when available.
Costs will be low, as it is hoped to use Quaker venues as much as possible. Participants or their meetings may be asked to make a small contribution.
Dates: to be arranged any time from November 2011.
3 Admin and organisation support
If you would like to provide support for these or future events, working from home and paid a modest amount by the hour, please send your details to email@example.com
Expressions of interest for any of these should be clearly marked ;YM Training Group’.
The Training Group members are : Gillian Armstrong, Eoin Stephenson, Felicity McCartney, Richard Kimble and Carolyn McMullan.
Live Adventurously, Let Your Life Speak
Friends and attenders are warmly invited to a Quaker Discussion Weekend on the theme “Live Adventurously, Let Your Life Speak” at Newtown School, Waterford, onFriday 28th October 2011 to Sunday 30th October 2011.
Please complete the booking form if you want to attend.
We will explore how past Friends and others have embodied the idea of “living adventurously” in their own lives, what it means to “live adventurously” from a spiritual point of view in our modern age, and the meaning of the theme for our own lives and the lives of our Meetings.
Discussion Weekend Events
The weekend will include panel discussions, small group discussions, and worship-sharing. There will also be contemplative activities, such as a meditative walk and guided relaxation, and various social activities, such as a table quiz and an adventurous evening of entertainment.
The Weekend will start with an evening meal on Friday at 18.00 and end after Lunch on Sunday at about 14.30.
The programme for events is available in the members section.
Arrangements to Attend
We expect the cost of the Weekend to be about €60 per person, including meals and accommodation. We encourage those who would like to come, but who might find it difficult to pay for the Weekend and/or travel costs, to be in touch with the Elders, Overseers or the Clerk of their local Meeting to explore possible sources of financial assistance.
A more detailed programme and application forms will be available closer to the event.
We hope that many of you will find this weekend of interest – if you’re not sure a Quaker Discussion Weekend is your thing, why not live adventurously and give it a try?