The Bulawayo Quaker Meeting held a memorial service for our late Friend John Schmid on Sunday 24th June 2018 at the Meeting House. It was well attended by 43 people drawn from members of the meeting, Kelita’s family members, former Hlekweni Staff and close friends of John.
Testimonies shared spoke of John’s:-
- Reverence for life- as seen in his love for nature and protection for even the smallest of creatures , and very strong sentiments against war and destruction happening around the world.
- Accountable leadership – as seen in his advocating for leaders to serve with integrity and transparency because they are in positions of Trust
- Having a big heart- having been a father figure in the family and answering to the needs of several family members and disadvantaged communities that included refugees
- Providing mentorship in BQM as a respected elder.
Our 2 Young Young Friends delivered a powerful poem about what John meant to them and what a gap he had left in their lives and in the life of the Meeting.
The Service brought to light that a life lived in simplicity and in the care of others can be so powerful.
People had an opportunity to fellowship over some refreshments served afterwards.
In Peace and Friendship
From All of Us at BQM
We each brought our friends and relations and had a record attendance of 26 at meeting for worship. We renewed contact with some lovely people we had not seen for a long time and made new contacts with equally lovely people we had never seen before. Meeting for coffee after meeting for worship was great and to prove it we include the photo of the remains of the bacchanal.
The Minutes from this year’s MYRM can be downloaded via the SAYM page.
Please follow the link on the SAYM page to download the Minutes file. At present only the Minutes, with page references to the YM 2018 Handout/Agenda document are available. The Minutes will be integrated into the Handout/Agenda and the complete document will be made available shortly. Please note that these documents are behind a password.
Please visit the Publications & Resources page to download the latest SAQN and the updated Quaker Handbook.
The Pack that will be distributed to Yearly Meeting attendees has gone to the printer. For those Friends who wish to read the contents in advance, please download the PDF file from the link below.
SAYM Pack 2018 — PDF file for preview.
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How do Quakers take decisions collectively? We don’t vote or aim for consensus. We believe we are led by (and here individual Quakers will insert their own word for…) God/the Spirit/the Guiding Light/Presence/Christ to discern the way forward…or to wait a while longer.
Read the whole article at the Spiritoso blog.
“I’m a dad, a Quaker, an alternatives to violence britain (avpb) workshop facilitator, a storyteller, a Union Learning Rep (UNITE), an Evertonian, and I work as a Tutor Organiser (TO) for an organisation you probably have never heard of, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA).”
The 2018 Quaker peace-building in art calendar (30 cm × 30 cm) celebrates many kinds of peace-building and a variety of art works by Quakers from around the world. Short inspirational texts accompany the pictures, and a brief commentary introduces both the art and the peace-building work. These texts are printed in Spanish, French and English.
The calendar is a joint project of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) and the Quaker Arts Network (QAN), based in Britain.
It can be purchased from FWCC at Friends’ House, or by post. Information available on the FWCC website.