What in the World are Quakers ? by Margaret Frazer at Moyallon Centre, Northern Ireland MoyallonWeekendProgramme
To Friends everywhere,
We send you greetings from Ireland Yearly Meeting met in Kings Hospital School, Dublin from 28th April to 1st May 2011.
‘Let your life speak’ was the theme for this Yearly Meeting. We were challenged to allow ourselves to live adventurously, enabling our gifts to be used for the service of God and the community. The summary of the Yearly Meeting Epistles from around the world encouraged us in this and gave us a feeling of being united with Friends from many different places.
As we began to move through the Yearly Meeting sessions, various speakers gave us examples of outreach in their communities and this suggested an underlying message that our outreach begins from our presence in a place.
The Meeting House is the obvious starting point for outreach. It is the physical evidence of our presence in the community. It is an invitation to those who might pass by, to linger a while and perhaps come amongst us. It is often the first point of contact and it is the manifestation of home for those who stay.
Our outreach is not measured by increased numbers but by increased dialog and communication but we cannot expect to go unchallenged; indeed we must not only face the challenges, but invite them. Outreach requires us to listen, as well as to speak and help can come from unexpected quarters but we must be open to receive it.
We are called to be Friends, showing the mark of Christ as we go about our daily lives. Although it has become common practice in recent years to refer to ourselves as ‘Quakers’, this has limited potential in terms of outreach. There is a familiarity with the term and the listener may presume understanding and inquire no further. The use of the word ‘Friend’ however, requires us to give an explanation of who we are.
We were uplifted by the description of Sweden Yearly Meeting, which manages to engage in a wide range of activities despite the fact that they have only 100 members. There are many examples of small groups or individuals making a difference in the world. As Friends we believe that God has given us all the resources we need, and if we use these gifts we can do all that is required and more.
“A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike. Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
Signed on behalf of Ireland Yearly Meeting,
Felicity A McCartney, Clerk
A public lecture
‘Called to be Friends’
is to be given by
W. Ross Chapman
of Bessbrook Meeting
At 7.30 pm
On Friday, 29th April 2011
at Kings Hospital School,
Palmerstown, Dublin 20
The title comes from the gospel of John where Jesus uses the word “friend” to describe his followers. Let us consider this word in contrast to servant, disciple or enemy.
All welcome Admission free.
The Friendly Word is a bi-monthly magazine published by Quakers in Ireland. Subscriptions €20 or £15 per annum for six issues. You can email office@quakers-in-ireland for further information about ordering a subscription or visit our stand at Ireland Yearly Meeting.
The March-April edition of The Friendly Word is now available. It includes reports from Monkstown, Churchtown and Moyallon Meetings, Junior Moyallon Youth Camp 2010, the EcoQuaker Newsletter, Capetown Quaker Peace Centre Committee and Friendly House in Moscow. There is a meditation by Majorie Lamb as well as articles about traveling among Friends in the USA and innovative conflict resolution programmes for schools.
What’s in the Members’ Area?
The Quakers in Ireland Website now has a members’ area where members of the Society and regular attenders can read and download a variety of documents and forms. These include items such as meeting and committee reports, event programmes, application forms and commitee membership details.
Who Can Get Access?
Anyone whose name appears on the 2010 List of Names and Addresses (Purple Book) can gain access to the members’ area by following below instructions. If your name doesn’t appear in the 2010 list, you can also ask the clerk of your preparative meeting to request access on your behalf by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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JYM, is an annual gathering for young Quakers (anyone between 14 and 18 — you don’t have to be a Member, just be interested and willing to get involved) from all over the island of Ireland. This year’s theme, ‘Quakers: past, present, future’, will be explored through workshops and small-group discussion sessions, with plenty of time left over for games, entertainment and free time to just get to know other young Quakers.
JYM 2011 will be held at Moyallon Residential Centre, near Portadown in Co Armagh, from Thursday 21 April (Holy Thursday) to Monday 25 April (Easter Monday). Visit JYM website for details.
Moyallon is a great venue, designed for group events like ours. Visit Moyallon website for directions and to take a look at their facilities.
If you’d like to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org for an electronic version of the leaflet and application form. JYM age range is 14 to 18.
The Yearly Meeting Public Lecture is open to everyone and is a great opportunity to meet Quakers. It will be given by Ross Chapman at 7.30 pm on Friday 29th April with the title Called to be Friends.
Yearly Meeting 2011 will take place in Dublin at The King’s Hospital School, Palmerston from Thursday 28th April to Sunday 1st May.
Quaker organisation is controlled by meetings rather than by clergy. Yearly Meeting is responsible for the affairs of meetings all over Ireland. All members are entitled to take part. The business includes the finances, consideration of reports of the many national committees and hearing of the work and concerns of Quakers worldwide. Other religions receive invitations to send representatives. While the central event for all Quaker communities is the local Meeting for Worship held every Sunday, Yearly Meeting is the occasion when Friends from all parts of Ireland and from further afield have the opportunity to meet and worship together.
DIFFICULT CHOICES – a Quaker View of the Economy
Philip McDonagh, until recently Chief Economist at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a
member of Portadown Meeting, will try to cast some light on questions about the economy and to explain in plain language some of the issues underlying the Northern Ireland Budget.
He will suggest some fundamental questions and choices that it raises for us a society.
When: Monday 11th April 2011 6.30pm for a 7:30pm start after light refreshments
Where: South Belfast Meeting House, 27 Marlborough Park North, Belfast BT9 6HJ
The Office will be closed from Friday 2nd to Tuesday 6th March, re-opening 10.0 am on Wednesday 7th. Monday and Friday openings have been suspended for the present.
Junior Youth Clubs are held in Dublin and Portadown on a regular basis:
For the 10-14 age group at Portadown Meeting House between 7.30 to 10.0 pm on the following dates:
Friday 8th April
Friday 13th May
For the 10-16 age group at Rathfarnham Meeting House between 7.30 to 10.0 pm on the following dates:
Saturday 12th March
Saturday 9th April
Saturday 14th May