FWCC-EMES December News

Latest news from Friends from Europe and Middle East: Meet the new EMES Assistant Secretary (from April 2020) Read the full story here: https://www.fwccemes.org/news/emes-appoints-a-new-assistant-secretary 2. Latest news from the FWCC world office You can view the latest newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/e7171a31a8de/invitation-to-join-world-quaker-day-3785337?e=07e8495501 3. Friends House Moscow Have a look at the latest news from Russia: https://mailchi.mp/7e0b2226999f/winter-newsletter-3203529?e=d4c83230fe 4. Church & Peace The latest from our friends at Church & Peace: https://www.church-and-peace.org/en/2019/10/birmingham-day-2020/ 5. Experiment with Light Read their latest newsletter: http://www.experiment-with-light.org.uk/news.htm 6. Britain YM Have a read of their latest news here:...

November news from EMES

1. Among Friends I emailed you last week about the latest edition of Among Friends – here is a reminder!  You can download it here: https://www.fwccemes.org/news/among-friends-issue-146-autumn-2019 2. Latest from Stop Fuelling War You can read the latest news from Stop Fuelling War here: https://mailchi.mp/077c6e240adb/news-from-stop-fuelling-war?e=a162d00382 3. EMEYF summer gathering: 18-25 July 2020 Europe & Middle East Young Friends have now set the date for their spring gathering next year, which will this time be in the summer.  More details here: https://www.fwccemes.org/calendar/emeyf-summer-gathering 4 Britain YM The latest newsletter from Britain yearly meeting is available to download here: https://mailchi.mp/quaker.org.uk/quake-nov-2019?e=842d894e4f 5. Church & Peace Here are some of the latest updates from Church & Peace: – Neda Popovic and Mihael Secen, individual members of C&P and directors of Intero Centar Croatia, are setting up a podcast studio for making podcasts about LGBT and faith. They will offer an affirming message of God’s love in their own language, a lifesaving message of hope – because Christ is all-inclusive. For more info or if you want to become part of this project by supporting it with your thoughts, prayers and financial contribution, get in touch with Mihael and Neda via interocentar@gmail.com. – Brethren Service Europe office, one of the founding members of Church and Peace, will be closed at the end of 2019. With this Kristin Flory retires after 33 years as its representative. Read more about the office (http://www.brethren.org/news/2019/brethren-service-europe-office-to-close.html) and about Kristin’s work (http://www.brethren.org/news/2019/kristin-flory-retires-from-europe-office). – Book “Revolutionary Peacemaking: Writings for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence” by Daniel Jakopovich. Join the book launch on Nov 27 in London with the author. The book investigates...
Invitation to an Interfaith Walk in Helsinki

Invitation to an Interfaith Walk in Helsinki

We would like to invite everyone to join us in a walk around Töölö bay to contemplate sustainability, community, and faith. The Helsinki Quaker Meeting and the Helsinki Anglican Diocese join together on the 13th of October in an interfaith walk following the theme sustainability: planting the seeds of renewal for the world we love. We will meet next to My Helsinki sign at Kansalaistori at 13.00 to begin the walk with a few words on the Quaker practice of silence, a short statement from the Anglican community and introduction to the theme of the event. We will then walk halfway around the lake in silent contemplation. At the halfway point we will take a short break to conclude the silence and then complete the walk with social conversation before heading to a nearby cafe for coffee. Because of the event, the meeting for worship on October 13 in Helsinki will be a little bit shorter than usual. After the worship in Pasila, we will gather together for a potluck before heading to Töölö for the walk. Prepare with some food to share, warm clothes and welcome in for a fun...
Greetings from the annual EMES meeting in Budapest

Greetings from the annual EMES meeting in Budapest

Photo: View over Danube river. Image by Ari. In the beginning of May I represented the Finland Yearly Meeting at the Friends World Committee for Consulting’s European and Middle-East Section (FWCC-EMES) Annual Meeting. The meeting was held this time in Budapest, Hungary, where the representatives of each Yearly Meeting, representatives from Quaker organizations and visiting Friends all the way from the United States and Mexico traveled to. This was my second EMES meeting, having participated in Germany two years ago, therefore I was a bit more familiar with the meeting and some Friends I had met before.   The meeting’s theme was Living in a Foreign Land and we discussed topics of foreignness, otherness and hospitality. What is it like to settle down and start life all over in a country new to oneself; How can we welcome people around us and build our community a welcoming home to everyone? In places we call home, we often have privileges that we don’t even come to realize. However, it is also possible to encounter feelings of otherness in places you feel belonging to. One fundamental value to Quakers is that of God in everyone, a view that guides us to see the core similarities we are made of. Many Friends had experiences of this topic and had, for example, lived in countries other than where they were born in. One of the most touching stories was that of a local who works in organizing education and courses for immigrants in Budapest. Grown up in Sierra Leone as a child soldier, he made a long journey full of dangers seeking for...