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Embodying the Quaker Testimonies in Service of a Living Planet

Have you ever wondered what the Quaker testimonies can contribute to environmental care and climate justice?

Join us for a public lecture by Irish Quaker illustrator and editor Lynn Finnegan on 12th August to find out.

Join us online or in person at Stranmillis University College, Belfast.

Whichever way you plan to attend, please register in advance at this link >> https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/embodying-the-quaker-testimonies-in-service-of-a-living-planet-tickets-361882479237

The lecture is FREE to attend and members of the public are especially welcome, no matter your faith or background.

World Quaker Day 2nd October 2022

World Quaker Day will take place on 2 October 2022 with the theme Becoming the Quakers the World Needs.

Sign up here to take part by visiting another Quaker group or welcoming Friends to yours!

World Quaker Day is an annual event where we celebrate the diversity of Quakerism around the world and build connections to make our community stronger.

This year, every Friends Church or Meeting is encouraged to send or receive visitors to or from another Quaker group, to bring greetings, build relationships and share ideas.

Intervisitation today is the easiest it has ever been, with many Quakers meeting online or in hybrid form. To make it even easier, sign up online and we can share details of Quaker groups especially hoping for visitors on the day. Alternatively you might like to visit in person, which we can also help with.

If you would like to be part of World Quaker Day 2022, either by visiting another Quaker group or welcoming Friends to yours, please sign up using this form.

In preparation for the day, here’s a video with Tim Gee, General Secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation inviting Friends to take part in World Quaker Day.

MOYALLON SENIOR CAMP FRIDAY 8TH TO FRIDAY 15TH OF JULY 2022

Senior Moyallon Camp committee are pleased to announce camp will be running this year from Friday 8th – Friday 15th July. It promises to be a great week with a focus on friendship, fellowship and fun!

All young people aged 14+ are welcome! Camp is a great place to meet new people and spend time with friends. Why not bring a friend (or 2!) with you? We have a very mixed programme with something to suit everyone including a beach trip, campfire, plenty of games/fun and lots more!

This year we will be exploring the theme of “Identity” in a variety of ways including workshops, sessions, and small groups.

We would love for you to come for the whole week and get the full camp experience but also have options to come for a few days as it suits. For those travelling from further afield, lifts can be arranged to/from Portadown train station.

Please see application form for more details. We would request completed applications are returned by 5th July and are offering an early bird rate until the 17th June.

If you would like anymore information please contact:

Judith Poole- 07542000267 or info@moyalloncamp.co.uk

We are really looking forward to camp this year and hope to see lots of both old and new faces!

Yours in Friendship,

Senior Moyallon Committee

IYM 2022 – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Registration is now OPEN for Ireland Yearly Meeting 2022 which will be held from the 11th to the 14th of August 2022 at Stranmillis University College, Belfast.

Special Interest Groups will be held, online, from Sunday 7th to Wednesday 10th of August.

A copy of the Programme is available here.

Registration can be made on Eventbrite via this link.

IYM Youth Programme, for 11 to 18 year olds, is available here. Application and Consent form is available here.

Public Lecture: information on this year’s Public Lecture is available here. Registration for the Public Lecture is on Eventbrite via this link.

You can download General Information and Meal, Accommodation, and Volunteering forms in either PDF format or Word document format.

JUNIOR MOYALLON CAMP 18TH – 19TH JUNE 2022

Junior Moyallon Camps returns, in-person, again this year for 10-14 year olds from 9.30am on the 18th of June to 3.30pm on the 19th of June at Moyallon Centre.

This is a great opportunity to make friends, see old ones, and have fun with games and workshops that explore the theme of ‘Survival Kit’!

Click on links for Programme Information and Application Form.

Additionally, if you know anyone who wants to be on an email list for Young Friends’ events, they can send me an email at youthsupport@quakers.ie .

STATEMENT ON THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE

Statement on the Crisis in Ukraine

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Ireland

We feel profound sadness at the acute mental and physical suffering which the people of Ukraine are undergoing as a result of the military invasion initiated by the government of the Russian Federation.

We call for a cessation of violence, under the terms of the Geneva convention, which has been signed by both Russia and Ukraine.

As Quakers, we believe that God’s Spirit resides in all, and violence and war are never the only option. We implore the Ukrainian and Russian governments to pursue peaceful negotiations with open and creative minds.

Many people in Ukraine, Russia and around the world are hoping and praying for a peaceful outcome to this conflict. We hold in the Light all those in the Ukraine whose lives are in danger and disrupted by fear, the refugees fleeing from Ukraine, the many Russians who are shocked and dismayed at the course their government has taken, the decision makers, the soldiers, and all those courageously working for peace.

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Ireland

28 February 2022

New EcoQuakers booklet ‘Regenerating Our Common Home’

EcoQuakers Ireland have produced a new booklet Regenerating Our Common Home – Quaker Considerations for Restoration and Protection of the Environment.

EcoQuakers, which is made up of members of Ireland Yearly Meeting from across the island, hope that this new booklet will encourage Meetings to return to their sustainability plans and update them with more ambitious goals and targets.

Suggestions included in the booklet include examining the insulation and sustainable energy potential of our Meeting Houses. We are also encouraged to examine our personal carbon footprints, e.g. from travel, and modes of transport.

To help us consider sustainable and ethical purchases, EcoQuakers have also compiled a useful list of Sustainable and Eco-friendly Goods and Services in Ireland.

EcoQuakers produced the Regenerating Our Common Home – Quaker Considerations for Restoration and Protection of the Environment booklet in response to Yearly Meetings Committee Minute 20.71, which called on Friends to:

        • Acknowledge a climate and biodiversity emergency

         • Apply the test of sustainability to all our decisions, at all levels

Once Meetings have updated their sustainability plans, they are encouraged to send their updated plans to EcoQuakers at ecoquakers@quakers.ie

In a letter to Meetings accompanying the booklet, the EcoQuakers committee said, “These actions are the proper spiritual and logical responses to the current state of climate disruption. They would also help us to continue to fulfil our response to the call from the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) World Quaker Gathering in Peru in 2016 ‘to preserve this Earth for our children, our grandchildren and all future generations to come, working as though life were to continue for 10,000 years to come.’

“After more than a year of research, writing, and editing, we are very happy to present this detailed guide to you, and hope that it will prove useful to both Meetings and individual Friends in responding to the climate crisis. As we begin to return to our Meeting Houses after nearly two years of restrictions, there has never been a better time for us to examine the sustainability of our Meetings and our own lives, and we hope you will use this booklet to do so.

“EcoQuakers Ireland strongly encourages your Meeting to once again prepare an ambitious sustainability plan and to reflect on every aspect of your Meeting to see where sustainability can be nurtured and improved. We encourage you to set sustainability goals and to work with other Meetings, faiths, and organisations to achieve those goals.” 

Loving Earth exhibition is now touring Ireland!

The Loving Earth Project exhibition is on tour in Ireland during March and April 2022.

Funding has been secured to support the hosting of workshops as well as the Loving Earth exhibition, which consists of 50 A4-size textile panels made by Quakers and others in the UK to celebrate the earth and to highlight how so many aspects of it are endangered by climate change.

The exhibition will take place in the following locations:

South Belfast 21st-26th March

Craigavon Millenium Court Portadown 28th March – 2nd April

The Playhouse Londonderry  4th- 9th April 

Cork Friends Meeting House 18th-22nd April

See this poster about the exhibition and workshops in Cork.

The exhibition and workshops are ongoing, and were on display at COP26 in Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow Friends.

See this poster for more details about the exhibition in Ireland and the Loving Earth website to find out more about the overall project.

EcoQuakers Ireland

EcoQuakers Ireland is a committee of Ireland Yearly Meeting that supports Quaker Meetings in their efforts to live peacefully and sustainably.

EcoQuakers believe that care for the environment is an integral part of the Quaker tradition and links closely with the Quaker testimonies of peace, simplicity, truth and equality.

To learn more about the work of EcoQuakers Ireland and contact details for the Convenor and Committee, visit their page on this website.