CORONOVIRUS LINKS / Abide

CORONOVIRUS LINKS:

Our sense of community does not depend on all professing identical beliefs, for it grows from worshipping together, knowing one another, loving one another, accepting responsibilities, sharing and working together. We will be helped by tried and tested Quaker methods and procedures, but the meeting will only live if we develop a sense of community, which includes children and adults alike. If all those who belong to our meeting are lovingly cared for, the guidance of the spirit will be a reality. (Quaker faith & practice 10.03)

Quaker communities need to consider how to continue through the pandemic and into a future which currently seems uncertain. It is important to keep members and attenders, employees and building users safe and connected. Creative and imaginative solutions will help Quaker communities to continue to worship and witness together, and meeting houses to be community resources. The information below highlights relevant government instructions and guidance for Quaker communities and meeting houses. It answers questions about the current situation, and the actions which should be taken. Remember that guidance is different in the different countries and jurisdictions of the UK.
Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

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On blended ie Zoom© use experience

Read “Sharing our stories and equipment for blended worship”

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Topical advice and support for local meetings

https://www.quaker.org.uk/our-organisation/support-for-meetings/coronavirus-advice-for-quaker-meetings

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Abide:

Pursue Quaker heritage:

Listen in to two radio programmes on the father of Quakerism George Fox:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07bzdc1

BBC RADIO FOUR GREAT LIVES SERIES 38: FOX

George Fox and the Quakers – In Our Time series BBC R4

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True godliness don’t turn men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavours to mend it…
William Penn, 1682

[*23.02 Quaker Faith & practice (‘The book of Christian discipline of the Religious Society of Friends)]

all available free online: visit Quaker Faith & Practice homepage: qfp-tabletop-1024x520

or buy online at amazon.co.uk,

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or at Quaker Centre bookshop

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FRIENDS IN THE WORLD

for info about Quaker charities and committeesVisit Quakers in Britain webpage
‘Our Work’ for a comprehensive list

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Study, learn, and experience Quaker insight & community at

Woodbrooke Selly Oak Birmingham. Explore online

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Simplicity and equality

The heart of Quaker ethics is summed up in the word ‘simplicity’. Simplicity is forgetfulness of self and remembrance of our humble status as waiting servants of God. Outwardly, simplicity is shunning superfluities of dress, speech, behaviour, and possessions, which tend to obscure our vision of reality. Inwardly, simplicity is spiritual detachment from the things of this world as part of the effort to fulfil the first commandment: to love God with all of the heart and mind and strength.

The testimony of outward simplicity began as a protest against the extravagance and snobbery which marked English society in the 1600s. In whatever forms this protest is maintained today, it must still be seen as a testimony against involvement with things which tend to dilute our energies and scatter our thoughts, reducing us to lives of triviality and mediocrity.

Simplicity does not mean drabness or narrowness but is essentially positive, being the capacity for selectivity in one who holds attention on the goal. Thus simplicity is an appreciation of all that is helpful towards living as children of the Living God.

Faith and practice, North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative), 1985

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“Quakers, for coming out of a roughly Puritan, Protestant, non-conformist and gospel-focused mileu, are remarkably mystical and meditative in style of prayer and worship, again following the leading that all of life is sacramental, and no cleric has a monopoly on the access to the divine word speaking to the human soul. Individual Quakers’ lives testify to this.” Richard J. Foster – – – ‘Foster deliberately speaks to a much wider audience’ (QuakerInfo.com) This author of 70s popular classic Celebration of Disipline works to share his insights on mysticism and ‘spiritual formation’ with mainstream America. He appears in a video introduction to a new book Sanctuary of the Soul (link below) – where he describes a pilgrimage to Northumbrian communities. He’s remarkably quiet about his Quaker roots but his books abound in Quaker quotes –the last words of the 5 min talk (youtube link below – new window) is straight from the mouth of George Fox.

VIDEO:Richard J. Foster on The Santuary of the Soul

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