We were delighted to be joined by more than 20 Friends from other countries for Ireland Yearly Meeting 2019, which took place in The High School, Dublin, from 25th – 28th April. The theme was ‘Education’.
She spoke about Jesus’ parables as a radical challenge to conventional values and priorities that has enduring implications for us both individually and collectively.
You can read the full script of her talk here.
He spoke about the transformative love of God and challenged Friends and other audience members to bear witness to the infinite love of God. “Can we open a space for people who have been wounded to take refuge and offer them a deeper hope?” he asked.
“We are never alone, we are called by the Spirit into a community of deep hope. The story of our journey doesn’t end in a grave, but an empty tomb … Our journey ends in joy.”
A full transcript of Noah’s talk will be posted here soon.
Noah 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 Journal, Western Friend magazine, Quaker Life, and other Friends publications. He serves as Secretary of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends.
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.
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 email@example.com.
‘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.
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 – 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.