Ajatuksia valon teemasta kevään 2018 vuosikokouksesta

Ajatuksia valon teemasta kevään 2018 vuosikokouksesta

“Living in the spirit is like breathing. Spiritual practice is the in-breath while our loving action in the world is the out-breath. One flows from the other…We need to give ourselves permission to breathe in” From Deepening the life of the Spirit by Ginny Wall. Light represents opportunity and hopefulness. It is the opposite of darkness. To hold someone in the light is it to give freedom to God to do his work. Holding someone in the light is only possible when I am there myself, in the light with them. Then it comes spontaneously. Sometimes the expression to hold someone in the light is easier for people who do not have faith. The idea of light is not interfering, it is a simple form of support. I don’t feel a difference between light and prayer. I imagine holding the person and bringing them into a space which is as bright as possible. To hold oneself in the light is to recognise that of god in yourself. Realising what you are doing is something greater than yourself points to that of god in everyone, including yourself. People need to be refilled with light before they can hold someone else in the light. The light you give flows from the light you have inside. Light is like a mirror. It reflects from ourselves to another. We can easily think that nature comes from sunlight. Spring reminds me of light because Spring awakens life and light in the sleeping earth. The is no difference between the light that guides the plants and the light that guides us. The ability to forgive...
Jane Britannian vuosikokouksessa edustajanamme

Jane Britannian vuosikokouksessa edustajanamme

Britain Yearly Meeting 4-7.5. 2018. Held in Friends House, Euston Road, London What an amazing contrast to be in both Finland Yearly Meeting and Britain Yearly Meeting within a week. Our own YM with 17 Friends including Alvin aged 4 and Britain YM with over 1000 Friends and 6 groups for children and young people: New shoots (0-2) Fox Cubs (3-6) Penn Friends (7-9) Spiritual Adventurers (9-11) Young People’s Program (11-15) and Junior Yearly Meeting (16-18). But yet, the similarities seemed more striking than the difference in numbers might suggest. I took with me the quality of the Worship and Spirit that I experienced in Ilkko at the end of April and I found the same depth of Spirit in the gathered silence among the many of us worshiping in Friend’s House central London. The final ministry from our Sunday morning worship in Ilkko brought us the message of how Quaker structures and ways of service have changed as Friends have learned to see what was not obvious to them before. Britain YM spent the whole weekend considering whether the time is right to revise the ‘red book’ Quaker Faith and Practice in Britain YM; not change for the sake of change, but because the world has changed, and Quaker experience has changed, and the new book needs to reflect this; not least because there is a new generation of younger Friends and more coming. We were asked to treat younger Friends as ‘the now’ and not ‘the future’. All the children’s and young people’s groups addressed the same question in their sessions and all sent their response to...

Britannian vuosikokous 4.-7.5. 2018

To Friends around the world: Loving greetings from Britain Yearly Meeting 2018, gathered in glorious sunshine in and around London from 4 to 7 May. We have rejoiced in the voice and witness of Friends of all ages. Our diversity has been enriched by over 40 Friends and visitors from around the globe, with whom we have shared stories. We have experienced different traditions of worship, created art, sung, and danced together. The sequence of annual Yearly Meetings in Britain has been unbroken for 350 years. This year our focus has been to discern whether we are led to revise our book of discipline, which we adopted as ‘Quaker faith & practice’ in 1994. This follows four years of work by our Revision Preparation Group, and study of Quaker faith & practice by many Friends and local meetings. Periodic revision of the book of discipline is an essential part of our witness, recalling the past and looking to the future. Encouraged by the voices of younger Friends among us, we have united joyfully, to embark on a Spirit-led process of revision from much-loved foundations. We know that this will take time and energy. We are clear that we have the resources to undertake this, while continuing our witness in the wider world. Many voices, experiences and identities are missing from our current book. Since the last revision, our Quaker community and the world around us have changed. We need a book of discipline that reflects more closely who we are now, and explains how and why we do what we do. At each session, we have heard readings from...