Category Archives: News and Events

Education, Ministry and Renewal – public lecture by Noah Merrill, 26 April

Noah Merrill 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.

 

Yearly Meeting, Dublin 25-28 April

We look forward to welcoming you to Ireland Yearly Meeting 2019 
To be held at
The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6
25th – 28th April 2019
Theme: EDUCATION
“Education means the right training of the body as well as of the mind, it also means caring for the spirit. Quaker Life and Practice 6.3”

Please click on the links below for further information for IYM 2019. Please note that it is too late now to book for meals. However, Members are still welcome to attend sessions. Attenders of Quaker Meetings are also welcome but please inform your Preparative Meeting Clerk if you are intending to come for all, or part, of Yearly Meeting.

Programmes are available from the office – they have not been posted to the website due to Data Protection Legislation.

The Public Lecture on Friday 26 April at 19:45 is, of course, open to everyone. Please spread the word and feel free to download and print this invite >> YM 2019 Publiclectureinvite

General and travel information 2019

Directions to High School

YouthYM 2019 consent form (v3)

 

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.