Junior Yearly Meeting is open to Young Friends aged 14-18 years or anyone who would have been 18 on Easter Sunday 2020.
The theme for JYM 2020-2021 is Simplicity. Over the course of the week we will discuss the value of simplicity in our lives and in the workings of the world. Through our sessions we’ll look at what happens when we slow down and allow ourselves to be bored – this often leads to creativity – and we’ll debate the importance of simplicity, and what it actually is.
In order to contemplate this year’s theme, we will host a panel discussion. Through workshops we’ll explore our interpretation of simplicity and our attitudes towards it. We’ll also discuss how each one of us can bring more simplicity to our lives.
Almost 100 people signed up for EcoQuakers’ ‘Re-imagining Society Sustainably’ online conference, which took place on 18th July 2020.
It was a wonderfully stimulating session considering how we can rebuild society post Covid19 with the three speakers providing plenty of food for thought.
Denise Gabuzda, Ireland Yearly Meeting Clerk and physics and astronomy lecturer at University College Cork, painted a wonderful picture of a more equal society with more renewable energy, more locally grown food, stronger communities, protection of biodiversity and a more peaceful earth.
She said imagining a future like this was the first step to it becoming a reality. “As our planet heals, so will we as we appreciate the inter-connectedness of all living things,” she said.
Romanian-born and US-raised Oana Sariana Marian, an artist and writer and Co-founder of the Active Hope Network who is pursuing a PhD in Theology at Trinity College Dublin, spoke about the need for climate grief and imagination as we work towards a sustainable future. She also encouraged each of us to self-audit how we spend our money and to educate ourselves about how our society is functioning within the wider global economy.
Féidhlim Harty of Cork and Limerick Meetings and founder of FH Wetland Systems said there were five things we could do to help create a more sustainable future: – spend our money consciously – live more simply – advocate for change – build and strengthen connections – remain optimistic and ‘hold the vision’
He encouraged us to nurture a clear vision of a beautiful earth and to anchor this in our minds through prayer and meditation.
You can read the full script of Féidhlim’s talk here.
Eco Quakers Ireland and the Ireland Yearly Meeting (IYM) Investment Committee has produced a booklet to promote an ethical investment policy for Quaker Meetings in Ireland and for IYM Funds.
The Quakers and Ethical Investment booklet, which arose out of a widespread concern among Friends in Ireland about the investment of funds under Friends’ care, is designed to give broad guidance on investment within the ethical framework which Friends have set.
In a letter accompanying the booklet, the Investment Committee and Eco Quakers Committee urges Friends responsible for the investments of Meetings and Funds to view afresh the strategy that is being pursued.
“Monies are only useful if they are used for a purpose which is well thought out,” the letter states. “If, as a result of a review exercise, you do plan to change some of your investments, do take into account that stock markets can be very volatile as we have seen in early 2020.
“We are investing for the long term and should not be over affected by short term movements. Advice is available, both from within the Society and from outside – do seek it and take it into consideration!”
The letter may be read in full here and the booklet at this link.
The booklet is initially being launched in digital form but some hard copies will be printed and made available at Yearly Meeting 2021.
Continuing and deepening difficulties in Lebanon make life for the staff, the pupils and the whole community of Brummana High School, a real and daily challenge.
The Quaker International Educational Trust’s (QuIET) responsibilities are twofold. Firstly to support the local Governors of the school; the Principal David Gray and his team; but most importantly the continuing education of the 1,250 children who study there. Secondly we are pledged to uphold the Quaker values upon which the school was founded nearly 150 years ago.
David’s letter inside sets out what the problems are and how the school is meeting the challenges. We, as QuIET trustees, invite Quakers everywhere to join us in supporting the school by donating to the 2020-21 Bursary Appeal.
In this time of Covid 19 crisis, we are thinking of the residents and the wonderful staff working in Bloomfield Health Services. Founded in 1812 by The Religious Society of Friends, Bloomfield today consists of New Lodge Nursing Home with 36 beds and a Mental Health facility of 114 beds with a staff complement of over 200, from all around the world.
Bloomfield will need an Emergency Fund to help them all through lockdown, isolation and infection. Their immediate need is for iPads/tablets to help residents connect with and talk to their families remotely but they will have to face and cope with other unexpected consequences for both residents and staff. We ask Friends all over Ireland to Back Our Bloomfield Heroes.
We appreciate that many of you are already coping with job losses and other personal and financial difficulties so our appeal is to those who can help to please donate to our own Quaker charity.
On Monday 6th April, Rathfarnham Friend, Ciara Harrison, presented a 5 minute spiritual message on behalf of Quakers in Ireland on RTE News Now. This message can be viewed on the RTE Player for the next 30 days on this link. You can also read the words by downloading this Word document.
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, Quaker House Dublin is closed to Friends and visitors. Please see the following information on how best to maintain contact with the office during this time.
*REVISED* Contact Details June 2020
The Historical Library will remain closed until further notice.
CONTACTING THE OFFICE:
Monday 9am to 1pm& Tuesday, Wednesday – 9am to 5pm – Valerie Howard is contactable in the office – 01 499 8003. Monday 2pm to 5pm, Valerie is contactable on the mobile + 353 87 406 2972. (closed for lunch from 1 – 2pm)
Wednesday (9am to 1pm) & Thursday, Friday – 9am to 5pm
(closed for lunch from 1 – 2pm) Mary McNeilly is contactable on the office mobile only until further notice + 353 087 408 6399
Please do not leave voice messages on the office landline until further notice.