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World Quaker Day 2014 in the Europe and Middle East Section

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Listen to British Quakers talking about their faith on World Quaker Day and how they let their lives speak.

On BBC Kent - Ursula Fuller at 01:13:38

On BBC Radio WM - John Lampen 20:30

On BBC Radio Cambridge - Paul Parker at 01:39:55

On BBC Radio York - Geof Sewell at 01:20:40

BBC Radio Jersey - Cathy Eglington 01:20:45.

Ayshire Quaker Meeting


Ayrshire Quaker meeting sends greetings to Friends around the world. We met together today in rural Ayrshire amongst the glorious reds and golds of autumn which reminded us of the importance of the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice. After our meeting we had a celebratory meal with beetroot and onion soup and vegetable soup all from the garden and so using no airmiles. We remember particularly today all those Friends who are struggling to make the world a more peaceful place and in whose everyday lives God's witness is shown.

Last week at our meeting we discussed the many flavours of Friends worldwide and saw the film produced by FWCC on the variety of Quaker experiences from around the world which we got via the the World Quaker Day website. Next week we are organising a community day for West Scotland Friends and hope to show short films about the world gathering in Kabarak, Quaker beliefs and practices and an update on how the construction of the Large Meeting House in London, now in its final stages, is progressing.

We send loving greetings to all.
Alastair Reid

German YM

Participants of German Yearly Meeting Gathering at Bonn gathered in the sunrise, singing morning praise songs. We heard birds and welcomed the light. Sun will travel on, bringing our greetings to other meetings! There was rain, too... but we hugged in the end to warm each other. Picture and soundfile to follow, now we are off to our meeting for worship for business. Greetings from 170 participants of German Yearly Meeting.
Esther Köhring

Milton Keynes Meeting, Britain YM

Friends, PM invited me to offer some prepared ministry on the occasion of World Quaker Day – today!

Imagine the sun rising, proceeding hour by hour through every time zone, shining on Friends coming together in worship, linking us across the expanse of a day, celebrating our deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions.

I like this idea: a ‘wave’ of worship across our troubled world:  twelve hours ago, Friends in Auckland and Christchurch and other New Zealand Meetings were celebrating World Quaker Day ; two hours ago, Friends in Zimbabwe and around the Great Lakes in Central Africa; in five to nine hours time, Friends in North and South America will be celebrating: I think Kivalina Friends Church in Alaska may be on the cusp of the timechange, the end of this year’s ‘wave of worship’, involving some – many? – of the up to half a million Quakers worldwide.

We in Milton Keynes are so blessed with our worship community and many of us have an easy enough travel journey to MfW. Many Quakers in other parts of the world have considerable journeys to get to MfW:  the term ‘journey’ takes on a different meaning.

What do we share with Quakers worldwide?  Britain Yearly Meeting is relatively small, and very liberal, on the spectrum. There are more Quakers in Guatemala than in Britain!  Most Quakers worldwide worship in programmed rather than silent meetings.

Having been blessed to worship and work with Quakers on four continents, I can witness that despite differences in how we worship, we are united in love, our conviction that there is ‘that of God/the light’ within each of us and our commitment to peace.

As we worship here today, let us hold Quakers worldwide in prayer and thanksgiving, and let this prayer resound across the world. It is Quaker Outreach Week here in Britain YM: what can we share, give and receive both in Britain, and worldwide?

A starting point may be the stirring call:   Let Your Life Speak: Living the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice, which connects us to the work done at the World Conference of Friends in 2012 in Kenya, and to the World Council of Churches call for a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.

 God knows that our world could do with being a more peaceful and just place.

Our Friend Gretchen Castle, the General Secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation, who has worshipped, and shared food and fellowship, with us,  urges all Quakers to: ‘imagine our family of Friends, in the unity of God’s loving spirit, bringing each other into our collective awareness. Imagine this loving presence hugging the world, healing the world, loving the world — through our collective spirit-filled lives’.
Lee Taylor

Rugby Local Meeting, Britain YM


Children in Rugby, England say hello to Friends around the world
Madeleine Prager

Saffron Walden, Britain YM

Saffron Walden
Paul Parker

Stockholm Meeting

Friends in Stockholm, Sweden, gathered on World Quaker Day for a presentation of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine in Israel (EAPPI) focusing on nonviolent resistance and our quest for peace.

Görel Råsmark

Switzerland (Isolated Friend)

1. How is the life of your meeting or church enriched by the awareness of Friends in other countries?
As an isolated Friend, it is very important to me to know that Friends are found in many places. I often worship alone. I can only attend a meeting every four to six weeks. Therefore, being aware that sitting by myself in worship does not mean being alone in this world and in the Quaker tradition gives me a sense of community.

I had the opportunity to visit Friends in different countries and from various cultural backgrounds. It is a delight to see the diversity within our faith tradition. When it comes to seek God’s grace and guidance for participating in a just, sustainable, and peaceful world, many ways are open and no one should claim to be the keepers of the “right” form.

2.  How can we bring the essence of the Kabarak Call into our worshiping community?

3.  How does the Kabarak Call affect your sense of our Quaker voice for change in the world and its spiritual imperative?
We need to go beyond reading statements and appeals, like the Kabarak Call, in our Meeting Houses, just to feel good about the words that ring true. We need to discern the price we are willing to pay, as individual as well as congregations, and to transform our intentions into action.

It is a never-ending effort to refrain from falling into complacency driven by the temptations, possibilities, and comforts of a privileged life in today's consumerist society. This requires a constant critical questioning of the taken-for-granted. And we need a vision of what the ‘peaceable kingdom’ will look like in contemporary times and how to get there in the foreseeable future. For me it is neither sufficient nor satisfactory to derive good intentions from my faith, but to acknowledge that - due to my human nature or circumstances - I have to constantly fall short of these intentions. This seems no more than an excuse for a complacent lifestyle or resignation.

We may be flawed vessels; nonetheless we should strive for perfection: “Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one.”— George Fox

4.  As someone encounters you, what could they learn about Quakerism by the choices you make and the things you do?
In a direct encounter with me, a person would learn about Quakerism, that faith in action is a sequence of unspectacular events in daily life. It is about the right relationship with everyone, including the stranger and the difficult person. No matter how much I feel under pressure, I do recognize each human being as unique and as the bearer of “that of God”. I refrain from generalizing, stereotyping, speaking for others, and knowing better from a position of perceived superiority or righteousness.

I am aware of my assigned privileges from living in a Western society. I know, for example, that I exploit the cashier in the supermarket because I, too, have a habit of looking for “the best price”. I will avoid it in my best practices, because it is a form of structural violence. When asked, I will debate and speak out against the use of violence in its various forms.

I choose to live in a place where I can produce things of daily need instead of fully relying on the consumption of goods. And I choose not to choose everything that is available to me. Strawberries in winter, fashion to be fashionable, gadgets to belong to the in-crowd are all not internally consistent with human needs.

I choose to be relaxed about my personal “health” and “well being”. I recognize ageing and illness as integral part of me. I refuse to live in fear and avoid all insurance, if legally possible, because I have confidence. Thus, I recognize the limited significance of me being a unique part of the universe.
I choose to be employed part-time in order to have time to nurse relationships, to volunteer, and for being of compassionate service. I choose to live in a one-room accommodation, regardless of my professional and societal status and my financial ability to live in a nice house. For personal use, I choose to travel by public transit from this remote place despite the fact that it limits my opportunities, and despite the fact that I am the owner of a highly efficient vehicle that I use for work.

In all, many people that I encounter will at first receive a vague impression that there is something different about me. It is in these small differences where they could learn about the tenets of Quakerism.

Othmar F. Arnold (Member of Vancouver Island Monthly Meeting and Zurich Worship Group)

Waterford, Ireland


Waterford Ireland Quaker children's meeting celebrated world Quaker day. We created a clay world. Each child modelled a happy little Quaker to join hands together around the world and give it a hug as well as a few objects that they felt would make the world a better place. While creating our globe we sang "he's got the whole world in his hands".
Fern Wright

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