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.
22 NOVEMBER 2017
Last stand: Robert Mugabe addressing the nation on television on Sunday, when he initially refused to stand down
AS ZIMBABWEANS woke up on Wednesday morning to a post-Mugabe era, the general secretary of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, the Revd Dr Kenneth Mtata, called on the country to address the “deeper issues” that had created “dysfunction” for the past 20 years.
Mr Mugabe resigned on Tuesday evening, nearly one week after a military intervention to curtail his four-decade-long reign.
On Wednesday morning, Dr Mtata, a Lutheran pastor, wrote on Facebook: “The last 15 months have been dramatic and yesterday we reached the climax with the resignation of the president. But Zimbabweans have more deeper issues to address if we are not going to return to the dysfunction of the last 20 years or so.”
A “National People’s Convention” would convene at the HICC Rainbow Towers in Harare on Friday, he wrote, to “map out the journey into the future”.
Read the full article on the Church Times website.
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 Campaign for a Just Energy Future and the Stop the Secret Nuclear Deal alliance (of which we’re a member) are calling on all active citizens to join us in Cape Town (or online if you live somewhere else) on 21 and 22 November to make our government listen to the people of South Africa.
The events aim to foster public discussions and debates around the issues of energy, to promote a just energy future with access to clean, safe, accessible and affordable energy for all. There are events happening across the two days and you’re invited to join as many as you can!
A just transition to a low-carbon economy affects every aspect of society in terms jobs, the cost of electricity, basic services, water security, air quality and health and so on. It is therefore imperative that ordinary people have the information, are consulted and have a say in the decision making process.
The two items below explain why SAFCEI (and all faith communities which make up SAFCEI) support Sustainable Energy and opposes Nuclear Energy.
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.
Holding Kenya in the Light. Click the link below to read it.
View the infographic on Quaker work for social and economic justice, sustainability, peace and the equality of all peoples on the Quakers in Britain website.
Words by Friends: Emily Provance | Friends General Conference
On her blog Turning, Turning, Emily Provance of Fifteenth Street Meeting (and Interim Young Adult Field Secretary for New York Yearly Meeting until early November) explores an outreach model for Quaker meetings that is geared towards the experience of seekers.