Mermie Karger is a member of Hemel Hempstead Local Quaker Meeting. She took photos of the countryside around Hemel Hempstead and edited this video for sharing with the Dacorum Interfaith Network’s end of year celebration held on Zoom in December 2020.
In the manner of Quaker silent worship, the video proceeds slowly, allowing reflection.
These are the spoken words:
We celebrate the Light which is sacred in all people ~ God, the light within, a universal goodness, love.
We worship in silence, listening to that Light within each of us, sometimes spoken, often not.
Our belief that the light of love is at the centre of existence, that all human life is of equal worth, and that each person is unique leads Quakers to ‘live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars.
Our belief that everyone is equal inspires us to try to change the systems that cause injustice and that stop us being genuine communities.
Living according to the deepest truths of the light of love means speaking the truth at all times. As we are guided by integrity, so we expect to see it in public life.
The light of love is in the Earth and all of its creatures. We campaign for climate and energy justice, and for an economy that is clean and fair to all. The light of love means living simply and celebrating what really matters: the people around us, the natural world, our experience of stillness.
We are the Light of the world and our role is to touch the world with that Light.
At our Christmas meeting for worship on 20 December we listened to a beautiful recording ‘The mystery of Christmas’, narrated by Jane Levy. Thanks to our Friend, Jonathan Kempster, who produced this for churches around Berkhamsted. It can be enjoyed here: