Newsletter April 2017

Hereford Quakers Newsletter

April 2017

If language were liquid, it would be rushing in; instead here we are, in a silence more eloquent than any words could ever be……. (Language, by Suzanne Vega)

Diary

Sunday 2nd

10.30 Meeting for Worship

12.00 Business Meeting

Thursday 6th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Sunday 9th

10.30 Meeting for Worship

Thursday 13th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

19.30 Book Club at 56 Broomy Hill

Sunday 16th

10.30 Meeting for Worship

Thursday 20th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Sunday 23rd

10.30 Meeting for Worship

Thursday 27th

12.30 Meeting for Worship & picnic lunch

Sunday 30th

10.30 Meeting for Worship & Children’s Meeting, followed by bring & share lunch

Events are at the Friends Meeting House, 21 King Street, Hereford HR4 9BX unless otherwise stated

Book Club – Thursday 13th April

This month’s book is Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas. The book for May’s Book Club (on Thursday 11th May) is Geraldine Brooks’ Year of Wonders.

Forthcoming Events for your diary

Tuesday 9th May

Millichap Lecture:  Gulwali Passarlay

Sunday 14th May

Area Meeting at Ross

Spiritual Nourishment Group

Please contact Susanna Grunsell for details – and listen for notices at Meeting.

Yearly Meeting Gathering

Booking is now open for this, which takes place 29th July – 5th August at the University of Warwick. Gathering as a residential Meeting takes place every three years – and this time will explore living out or faith in the world, and movement-building. To find out more, and book go to www.quaker.org.uk/ym or e.mail ym@quaker.org.uk or phone 020 7663 1040.

If you would like to help our recently arrived refugees with learning English and conversation, please get in touch with Jane Straker for more information. Please note this is a women’s group.

Here is the text of our Open Letter to HM Government, which was sent to The Prime Minister, Teresa May; The Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson; The Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon; Jesse Norman MP; Bill Wiggin MP; The Editor, The Guardian; The Editor, Hereford Times.

Hereford Quakers are shocked and dismayed to hear that the United Kingdom does not plan to attend United Nations negotiations this year on a treaty to ban all nuclear weapons. We find it deeply regrettable that last year our country even voted against beginning these negotiations, especially as we understand that multilateral nuclear disarmament is official Government policy.

In 1968 the UK government promised to negotiate the complete elimination of its nuclear weapons, and in 2010 gave an “unequivocal undertaking” that it would do so; we therefore call on our Government to:

  • uphold this promise
  • be present at the negotiations, and
  • play a full and constructive part in leading us all to a world free of nuclear weapons.

Signed by the Clerk of Hereford Quakers, on behalf of us all

As it is an open letter, it may be forwarded to other MPs and interested parties too. Please let Ruth know if you do so.

For further information about Quakers, please contact:

Clerk: Ruth Stanier – ruth.stanier@smquakers.org.uk

www.smquakers.org.uk

www.quakers.org.uk

Please submit copy in writing for the next newsletter to the editor, Liz Chave liz.chave@smquakers.org.uk by 18th April