The June Newsletter of Marches Christian Environmental Network.
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Friends Meeting House, Wrexham
on 30th June
11am – 4.30pm
Opening with worship, and fellowship – bring a picnic lunch and something to share for tea.
We welcome as speaker Ben Pink Dandelion, Professor of Quaker Studies at Birmingham University and Director, Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies at Woodbrooke. His subject is ‘The state of the Society’.
For the ‘Work in Wales’ slot we will welcome Ruth Moore Williams who works as a chaplain in HMP Berwyn. She will talk about her work and the Quaker presence in the prison: ‘Trying not to Quake’. She asks whether Friends who have spare past copies of Quaker faith & practice would be willing to bring them to Wrexham to donate to the prison, together with any books of short poems for the men there.
Other activities this year will include helping at the Quaker stand at the Hay Festival, (end of May) where our Friend Jocelyn Bell Burnell will be one of the speakers. Jane Harris will lecture at the National Eisteddfod in August on ‘A oes Heddwch? Golwg beirniadol ar dreftadaeth heddwch Cymru ers y Rhyfel Mawr’: ‘Wales, a Peaceful Nation? A critical look at Wales’ peace heritage since WWI’. We will also have a presence at the Royal Welsh Show in July.
As is now usual, we would like to offer accommodation in the vicinity of Wrexham for MFW. If you would like to explore possibilities for this, please contact Gerry and June Craddock on: 01978 359806
There is a Quaker stand at the Hay-on-Wye Festival from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018.
For anyone who enjoys thinking, this is a splendid festival! 250,000 visitors to each festival will give you some idea of its importance.
Do come and see us on our stand; to renew our acquaintance or even if you have never met a Quaker before!
We will be interested in your point of view, and very glad to answer questions about Quakers as fully or as precisely as you require, or to discuss.
If you wish there are leaflets to take away, or books to buy. Perhaps even a chair to sit down…….
I am pleased to say that once again our stand is conveniently close to the foodhall!
The Festival site is on the edge of ‘the town of books’. Do visit the Festival website to find your transport and/or parking arrangements www.hayfestival.com Entry to the Festival site is free, you only pay to go into the talks or events that you choose to visit.
John Senior attended this conference and has shared this Epistle with us.
To all Friends everywhere!
Greetings from the Experiment with Light Conference at Glenthorne, 26-29 March 2018.
Thirty Friends from all over Britain and beyond have gathered here to explore the questions: How might we be open to the leadings of the Light? How can we support each other with trust, courage and commitment?
In our experience Experiment with Light creates a space where we can feel confident to share at a deep level. Working into our hearts deeply and looking into the hearts of others enhances our relationships – with ourselves, with each other, with our Meetings, with the world around us, and with the Light.
During our conference we were looking at the issue of how we express our Quaker faith that presently causes concern for the unity of Friends in Britain and elsewhere. We were reminded of the answer Moses received to his question who was speaking to him through the burning bush: “I am what I am” (Exodus 3:14). We encourage all Friends to rest in this ‘I am’, which is beyond reason and surpasses human understanding.
Being grounded in this inward-leading discipline helps us to enrich each other and to come to right discernment. It creates a sense of connectedness and unity that transcends differences of expression.
“In the light walk, and ye will shine.” (George Fox)