Ulster Quarterly Meeting
16th February 2013
The annual report to UQM of Friends School Lisburn (2011-2012) was in the main extremely encouraging. Academic Achievement had been exceptional within the school and relative to Northern Ireland averages. But the amazing variety of ‘Community Relations’ projects, events and challenges was impressive and their value for pupils and the community should not be underestimated. Serious concern with the recent effects of budget cuts and the possible new state involvement in governance was expressed by Meeting. The Archives Committee report was brief but with the expected tidbits that make it one of my favourites. The hours of work put in by its members on certain projects was emphasised.
The afternoon session ‘Enough is Plenty’ was organised by the Testimonies and Witness Committee. The speaker was Anne B Ryan, author of the book of that title. She began by asking ‘what is enough’ and enlarged by suggesting that this involved not simply practical needs but ideas of resilience/sustainability, ecosystems, morality, spirituality, peace of mind, aesthetics and more. She then introduced the economic concept of ‘Universal Basic Income’ which was new to many. Discussion groups were formed to be guided by three questions: What is your immediate response; What is your deeper response; What are the challenges/opportunities ie personal, family, community, society? When we reassembled, brief summaries were read. Thoughts of the Idealists and the Realists among us were represented. Basic human greed emerged as A or The stumbling block. The afternoon session was thought-provoking and fuel for further discussion.
- At Quarterly Meeting at Limerick Meeting House, the topic for discussion will be Working with traumatised children in Gaza.
11:00 Meeting for Worship
12:15 Working with traumatised children in Gaza.
Presentation by Richard Kimball & Joe Fenwick
14:15 Business Session
Business may include:
MQM Education Committee
Patron Minute of Record
IYM Coordinators Group
MQM Nominations Committee
Lord, lead me where You would have me go. Grant me strength to follow.
And grace to follow gladly.
Lord, show me the work You would have me do.
Grant me the will to undertake it and the skill to accomplish it.
A prayer by Jo Philips
At Quarterly Meeting at Enniscorthy Meeting House the afternoon session will be Recollections of memorable Irish Quaker women
Venue: Enniscorthy Meeting House
DATE: Saturday 25th June 2011
11.30 Meeting for Worship
12.15 Leinster Quarterly Meeting Business
1.30 Picnic Lunch
2.30 A panel of speakers to include:
I Rosalind I Matthews, Monkstown PM
Richard S Harrison, Cork PM
Robin B Goodbody, Monkstown PM
will introduce the topic
Recollections of Memorable Irish Quaker Women
4.30 Tea (by kind invitation of Wexford Friends)
Those not in membership and wishing to attend the business session please notify the Clerk on the day.
At 2.15pm punctually Children will be brought by minibus to the Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig (www.inhp.com) where they will enjoy themselves ‘where Ireland’s heritage comes alive with sights and sounds from 9000 years of Irish History’.
There will be a charge of €10 per child. Parents must inform the clerk Valerie O’Brien (086) 2254358 or (email@example.com) by Monday 20th June of children who will be coming.
Parents will be required to sign a Parental Consent Form before their children can be included in the outing.