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Rebelling for Climate Justice

Sue Hampton, Quaker climate change protester from Berkhamsted,  caused some ‘good trouble’ in Harpenden this  weekend.  This is what happened when she did a sit down protest. Read her story on her blog.

Author Sue’s book about her experiences as a Quaker in the Extinction Rebellion movement is her best-seller. You can order Rebelling for Life off her website: 

Quakers are committed to become a low carbon community. Because of this, we are taking action for climate justice and the economic transformation needed to achieve it.

Find out what that means on the British Quakers website.

 

 

 

 

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Supporting the International Work of Quakers

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The Quaker World Relations Committee (QWRC)  works to make connections between British Quakers and those in other parts of the world.

The Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) group helps bridge Quaker understanding and unity by bringing cultures and Quaker traditions together.  During the pandemic FWCC’s events and information sharing have enabled many British Quakers to connect and worship with Friends across the world.

While QWRC works to expand the experience of Friends by bringing people together from other countries and exposing Friends to Quaker practice in Britain, FWCC does the same for Friends across the world. FWCC presents the face of Friends at the global level through the World Council of Churches, Christian World Communions, the Quaker United Nations Offices, and other faith-based engagement.

FWCC and QWRC worked together to start the FWCC Sustainability Program which has grown to bring our awareness of climate issues in different parts of the world.  Recent Young Adult Friends’ webinars have helped gather their voice to motivate us all to respect all of God’s creation, articulating how we can each be involved in creating climate justice.

We anticipate the next World Plenary Meeting in Southern Africa Yearly Meeting in 2024, preceded by a World Gathering of Young Friends.  During this remarkable opportunity to gather together for worship and fellowship and learning, we will hear about Friends’ experience of apartheid and inequality, gathering an appreciation of this deeply divisive time, re-imagining a new way of being in the world.  Bringing issues of sustainability and equality to the global conversation is very important to British Friends, as we expand our awareness of what it is like for our Quaker brothers and sisters.

FWCC and its small staff depends on Quaker contributions for organizational stability.  During the coronavirus, it is more important than ever that Friends continue to support FWCC’s vital function of strengthening the Religious Society of Friends.  FWCC is grateful for Friends’ ongoing support, which includes a generous annual grant from Britain Yearly Meeting.

Quakers meet in Kenya

FWRC meet in Kenya, 2012. Photo by Trish Carn

You can give directly to the FWCC Co-op Account: 650 10116 00; Sort Code 089061

You can give through the World Office web site: http://fwcc.world/about-fwcc/donate

You can set up a regular amount through your bank.

Gift aid accepted if we have your address.  UK Registered Charity 211647

Thank you for making a financial contribution to the growth and sustainability of FWCC and the Religious Society of Friends.  On behalf of the Quaker World Relations Committee and FWCC, we thank you.

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19 April : Join on Zoom: Responding to the Climate Emergency: what is our part in this great work? 

 

Quaker Meeting for Learning:   Inspiration, guidance and examples for practical involvement. 

 

19 April at St Albans Meeting House 

Rebecca Woo or Libby Hanks (both newly appointed) from QPSW will lead the session and provide a major input. Colin Hall, David Maxwell, Heather Mitchell and Rob Paton are involved in the organisation of this event. 

The draft programme is as follows:

1-2 pm bring and share lunch – contributions to the lunch to be low carbon / environmentally friendly. 

2 pm Introductory main session. Re-acquainting ourselves with the climate emergency: 4 x workshops (choice of)

  1. What skills and gifts can I bring as a Quaker?
  2. Economic solutions – fee dividend
  3. Creative low carbon living
  4. Join Extinction Rebellion or not? 

Plenary Session – visioning our Meetings

All Friends (including young people) are encouraged to attend this important Meeting.  

This event will now be  a virtual meeting by Zoom

Please support this exciting experiment. 

To book your placeplease click on the link below (or copy it into your web browser) and fill in the form: 

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwrxQfNZ-8Hy_TDln-JH2O4rvF6-RAGjHKRuxUR6VmzgOr5w/viewform

New to Zoom?  Many Friends are now using Zoom, and we hope that help can be provided within Local Meetings.  There will be a short dry run to try out Zoom on Friday 17 April at 11.30 a.m.

Don’t have a computer or smart phone?  It will be possible to join the meeting by telephone, but please only if it is really necessary. 

Further information from the organisers:

heather.mitchell @ phonecoop.coop

hall.colin @ gmail.com

davidmaxwell @ phonecoop.coop

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What Love Requires

Westminster Magistrates court fined Berkhamsted Quaker, Sue Hampton,  £105 on Monday 28 October.

Sue had been arrested at the Extinction Rebellion at Trafalgar Square where she had taken the brave decision to glue her hand to a wooden tower. Risking her health, Sue remained glued for 21 hours, until she was arrested.

 

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Digging and building our New Wall

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New midweek Meeting for Worship starts on 9 May

All welcome! The mid-week Meeting for Worship will take place weekly on Thursdays from 7 to 7.30pm, starting on 9th May 2019 for three months. The meeting is being advertised online and by leaflets to our local community near the Meeting House in particular, and also to other areas in Hemel Hempstead.

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Join us to Celebrate Apple Day

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