Our faith in the future

Our faith in the future is a word picture of what Quakers in Britain today would like the Society to be like in the future; leaving each individual, meeting or committee free to discern where they are today and then decide on what actions they need to take to move their part of Yearly Meeting towards this vision.

The document can be downloaded by clicking here.

The text is based on over 300 contributions from Quakers throughout Britain. These contributions contain a wide variety of concerns, activities and suggestions but also a surprising unity of focus around a few underlying leadings and aims.

 

Meeting for Sufferings approved Our faith in the future in September 2015. Printed copies are available without charge from the Quaker Centre at Friends House fromlocal Quaker meetings in Britain or by post from Peter Sender (020 7663 1114) at Friends House.

Our faith in the future offers six themes that Quakers discerned as leadings they wished to take forward. This is a slightly different approach to its predecessor A framework for action 2009 – 2014. Both documents recognise that Quaker work across our Yearly Meeting connects through Local Meetings, Area Meetings, Friends House, regional gatherings and our committees. We all need to understand more fully how this interconnection can work for us, with our different concerns, meeting sizes and leadings, as together we make up Britain Yearly Meeting. The six themes of Our faith in the future encapsulate the shared aspirations of Friends across the Yearly Meeting:

 

  • Meeting for worship is the bedrock of living as a Quaker
  • Quaker communities are loving, inclusive and all-age
  • All Friends understand and live by Quaker discipline
  • Quaker values are active in the world
  • Quakers work collaboratively
  • Quakers are well known and widely understood

 

Some may ask “Well, what’s new about that?” There is nothing new about it. The Meeting for Sufferings working group re-discovered these perennial core insights within Friends’ contributions and these themes remain as valid, strong and fertile as ever.

  • There is no date range for Our faith in the future as the text may continue to help Quakers until Meeting for Sufferings discerns it is no longer servicable and that a revision or new document is needed.
  • There is no list of work tasks as that is the responsibility of other groups, meetings or central committees to discern, in the context of their changing challenges and leadings.
  • Our faith in the future is a simple and clear point of reference, a touchstone for Friends in Britain Yearly Meeting.

“Our beautiful, life-filled planet is threatened and impoverished as never before. Quakers have a vision of how different the world could be, and should be, if we all lived in the light of love, compassion and respect.”

        Stevie Krayer (Southern Marches Area Meeting)

The text is based on over 300 contributions from Quakers throughout Britain. These contributions contain a wide variety of concerns, activities and suggestions but also a surprising unity of focus around a few underlying leadings and aims.

Meeting for Sufferings approved Our faith in the future in September 2015. Printed copies are available without charge from the Quaker Centre at Friends House fromlocal Quaker meetings in Britain or by post from Peter Sender (020 7663 1114) at Friends House.

Our faith in the future offers six themes that Quakers discerned as leadings they wished to take forward. This is a slightly different approach to its predecessor A framework for action 2009 – 2014. Both documents recognise that Quaker work across our Yearly Meeting connects through Local Meetings, Area Meetings, Friends House, regional gatherings and our committees. We all need to understand more fully how this interconnection can work for us, with our different concerns, meeting sizes and leadings, as together we make up Britain Yearly Meeting. The six themes of Our faith in the future encapsulate the shared aspirations of Friends across the Yearly Meeting:

  • Meeting for worship is the bedrock of living as a Quaker
  • Quaker communities are loving, inclusive and all-age
  • All Friends understand and live by Quaker discipline
  • Quaker values are active in the world
  • Quakers work collaboratively
  • Quakers are well known and widely understood

Some may ask “Well, what’s new about that?” There is nothing new about it. The Meeting for Sufferings working group re-discovered these perennial core insights within Friends’ contributions and these themes remain as valid, strong and fertile as ever.

  • There is no date range for Our faith in the future as the text may continue to help Quakers until Meeting for Sufferings discerns it is no longer servicable and that a revision or new document is needed.
  • There is no list of work tasks as that is the responsibility of other groups, meetings or central committees to discern, in the context of their changing challenges and leadings.
  • Our faith in the future is a simple and clear point of reference, a touchstone for Friends in Britain Yearly Meeting.

“Our beautiful, life-filled planet is threatened and impoverished as never before. Quakers have a vision of how different the world could be, and should be, if we all lived in the light of love, compassion and respect.”

        Stevie Krayer (Southern Marches Area Meeting)