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‘Enough is Plenty’ ~ Belfast, 24th September

enough-is-plentyOpen to all, this participative event will explore what makes for a society where ‘enough is plenty’ – addressing contemporary moral, economic and theological issues in our affluent and waste-prone society.

The presenters, Anne Ryan, Tony Weekes and James Orr, are well-informed social and economic commentators, who will open up general discussion on our contemporary society, including the environment, economy and the common good.

The event is sponsored jointly by South Belfast Friends Meeting  and Belfast South Methodist Church.

Date: Saturday 24 September 2016, 2.00pm – 5.30pm, The Agape Centre, 238 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 6GF.

Book via Eventbrite and get directions  >>

Free entry. Everyone welcome!

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‘Creating a new community precinct’ ~ Monkstown, 4th October

All are welcome to attend this year’s annual lecture hosted by MC3 – the Monkstown grouping of Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland and Quakers in south Dublin.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Mark Aitken, Master of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, who will talk about creating a new community precinct in London’s East End. He is leading a new approach to outreach based on hosted spaces and a well-being hub.

The lecture, which will be followed by an open discussion, will be held in the Knox Hall, Monkstown Road, on Tuesday 4th October at 7.30pm.

‘Experiment with Light’ ~ Cork, 11th-13th November

sunlight‘Experiment with Light’ is the title of a weekend workshop that will take place in Ennismore Retreat Centre and Cork Quaker Meeting House from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2016.

‘Experiment with Light’ is a method for actively engaging with the silent worship practised in Quaker Meetings, inspired by early Friends’ experiences, as illustrated by their writings.

It was originally devised by the British Quaker Rex Ambler and has since been continued and developed in various Quaker study centres and Quaker Meetings.

The workshop provides an introduction to this practice, as interpreted by our two facilitators, John Spencer and Medhina .

The weekend will start with an evening meal on Friday at 18.00 and will end after lunch on Sunday at about 14.00.

Cost: €110 (£95) per person for meals and accommodation, or €50 (£40) for meals only. Further information about payment will be sent upon booking.

Booking forms can be downloaded here – Experiment with Light booking form – or may be obtained from Denise Gabuzda (085-7285287, Completed booking forms should be sent to Denise by email or post (4 Shrewsbury Villas, Bellevue Park, St. Luke’s, Cork) by Monday 24th October 2016.

Spaces are limited to 20 participants, so don’t put off booking too long!

If you would like to come, but find it difficult to pay for the full cost of the weekend, consider being in touch with the Elders, Overseers or Clerk of your Meeting about possible sources of financial assistance.
A more complete programme will be distributed closer to the event.

Hundreds of visitors call in for Culture Night

img_2101Quakers in Dublin and Cork were delighted to welcome hundreds of visitors through their doors on Culture Night.

Visitors to Eustace Street, Dublin, learned about the history of Quakerism as well as current concerns, including displays and talks by the Alternatives to Violence Project and EcoQuakers.

Cork visitors not only had the opportunity to browse an exhibition about Quakers in Ireland but they were also treated to a concert by the Zingle Zingers Viol Consort.





National Famine Commemoration Ceremony

rachel-bewley-batemanThe National Famine Commemoration Ceremony 2016 was held in Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday 11th September.

The Religious Society of Friends was represented at the event by Rachel M Bewley-Bateman, Dublin Monthly Meeting Clerk and Member of Churchtown Meeting.

celtic-crossPresident Michael D. Higgins spoke eloquently about the tragic events in Ireland in the 1840s and unveiled a new Celtic cross in memory of those who died at that time.  It is situated just to the right of the chapel.

22,000 of the one million famine victims are recorded as being buried in Glasnevin.

Rachel M Bewley-Bateman’s great, great uncle Joseph Bewley (who died in 1851) was Joint Secretary of the Friends Famine Relief Committee along with Jonothan Pim, who later became an MP.

Rachel wrote the following prayer, which she shared at the commemoration:

As we remember all those who suffered, died, or were forced to emigrate during the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s  –

Let us remember also those around the world today who are without adequate food, water and shelter, for whatever reason.

Let us consider some of the possible causes of such disasters – dependence on a single crop, poverty and neglect, inequitable land and water distribution, selfishness and greed, abuse of power, climate change, inadequate care for our fellow human beings and our planet.

Let us also give thanks for those who have given and continue to give their lives in the service of others.

May we be given the vision, strength and generosity of spirit to help, in whatever way we can, to alleviate current and future suffering.

New Quaker Meetings in West Cork!

A new Quaker worship group has begun in West Cork, meeting at bantryBantry and Skibbereen.

Bantry: Meeting for Worship on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 pm, at the Bantry Christian
Fellowship Church on the Square (behind the cinema – map)

skibbereenSkibbereen: Meeting for Worship takes place on the last Sunday of the month at 11 am at the Family Resource Centre,Field’s Car Park, Skibbereen. The Family Resource Centre is wheelchair accessible. (map)

Church and Peace in Britain and Ireland, Birmingham 29th October

peaceA day of reflection on the theme ‘The church as an agent for peace in an increasingly insecure world’ will take place in the Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF, on 29th October 2016.

The keynote speaker, Simon Barrow, Director of Ekklesia, will look at what makes us secure and what makes us insecure, and how our faith fits into this. We will look at how the churches can play a prophetic role in building true security today.

Workshop sessions and an afternoon panel discussion will give opportunities to reimagine the face of Church and Peace in Britain and Ireland, to see what the network’s unique contribution can be in the future and how we can strengthen the work already being done.

The event, which is free of charge, will run from 10.30 to 16.00.  A soup and sandwich lunch can be booked at a cost of £6.00.

For registration and further information, contact Barbara Forbes at To register, please send your name, contact details and the name of your church/meeting/organisation, as applicable. Individual participants are also welcome.

Thanks for letting us know if you’d like to book the lunch, and if you’re a vegetarian or have a special diet. Please register by 20th October.

Church and Peace brings together Christian communities, congregations, study centres, peace organisations, and individuals across Europe who are committed to becoming a peace church. Its members seek to live out the Gospel call to nonviolence through shared worship, theological reflection, and practical action for justice, peace and the integrity of creation.