It’s World Quaker Day and a good time to explore. There’s a dedicated web site, various international Meetings for Worship everyone is invited to: details here. Organisers the FWCC have chosen as theme What does it mean to be a Quaker today? Living a Faithful Life in a Changing World.
World Quaker Day allows us to remember the rich privilege of being together in God’s care. From the West Pacific to Africa and Europe to the Americas, we celebrate our precious world, our Quaker ways of worship, and our lives that speak of love and generosity. What a joy to come together. And this year we ask ourselves, What does it mean to be a Quaker today? Living a faithful life in a changing world. This query has never felt so relevant.– FWCC
Gretchen Castle, General Secretary FWCC World Office, invites us to send us photos and reports from the day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so they can share stories on the World Quaker Day website after the event. If you have a video to share, please send it to email@example.com via WeTransfer.
Meanwhile Meredith Freeman points to a piece on Briggflats Meeting House on the UK Explore Churches web site:
…we invite you to explore the second oldest Meeting House in the UK, at Briggflatts near Sedburgh in Cumbria. The Conventicle Act of 1670 forbidding non-conformist meetings was still in force, when, in 1674 the Friends of this area decided to build their Meeting House. They purchased a piece of ground at Brigflatts from John Dawson for ten shillings (50p). Built in similar style to the local farmhouses of that period, is acknowledged for all the simplicity of its lime-washed stone walls and interior woodwork as one of England’s vernacular gems. The interior panelling, columns and balustrading is practical, simple and undecorated.
The Friends provided all the materials and sourced local labour. Unusually for the time the building was roofed with some 40 tons of local flags.
Visit more Quaker Meeting Houses on our church torurims website https://www.explorechurches.org/beauty-in-simplicity
Another Friend comments on Facebook:
If you have never visited Brigflatts it is a truly magical place. I became a convinced Quaker there during the Yorkshire Quaker School 1652 pilgrimage in the early 1970’s. I subsequently lost the feelings but rediscovered them on visiting again a few years ago. This has nothing to do with BLM just a deeply felt plea for people to consider visiting the 1652 country, special places.