Area Meeting update and notices
July’s Area Meeting on Saturday 10th coincided with several other events and fell at the start of the summer holiday season, but was still well-attended with all our Local Meetings represented.
The meeting received a number of documents, all of which had been previously circulated for reading beforehand, so that time in the meeting could be devoted to comments and questions.
- Trustees presented an updated version of our Safeguarding Policy and the new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy. These are relevant to everyone, and final versions will be made available on this website shortly.
- Trustees have also completed our Area Meeting’s Annual Report for 2020. This records an especially challenging period for our Quaker community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Other aspects of responses to the pandemic featured in a report from Ackworth School’s General Meeting in May. Our own Eldership and Pastoral Care Group also reported on how support for meetings and individuals has been maintained during the current period of change.
- Nominations and appointments included the appointment of a new Advocate for Children and Young People, and the formation of a small group to advise on our arrangements for record-keeping.
- We noted changes in arrangements for Quaker marriage records, now held in digital form. And still on the theme of Quaker marriage, we were happy to agree to the holding of a meeting for worship for the solemnization of marriage between Gill Pennington and Simon Knight, to be held at Worcester Friends Meeting House on 4 September.
- Worcester FMH will also be the venue for our new ‘Quaker Basics’ course for new attenders and enquirers on Saturday 25 September, with online meetings afterwards or as an alternative.
- We have received a notice about Quaker Voluntary Action’s AGM, to be held on Sunday 25 July at 12.00 noon at Selly Oak Meeting House. The event will include a talk by Michael Perry, who will speak of his experience of how inner transformation connects with outward action. Friends attending are asked to bring their own lunch (cold drinks will be provided) and would be welcome to join Selly Oak Friends at their Meeting for Worship at 10.30am. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
Preparing for the UN Climate talks
(Conference of the Parties – COP26) in Glasgow, November 2021
Quakers have long been concerned about the global environmental crisis and the links between an exploitative economic system and violence against the planet. This year, as the UK prepares to host the United Nations’ climate talks in November, Quakers are campaigning for climate justice, greater support for countries hit by climate disasters, and a just transition to a fossil-free future for all.
The Quaker Peace and Social Witness team at Britain Yearly Meeting has provided a number of resources for us to use in the run-up to COP26.
A good starting-point is BYM’s new guide to taking action.
50 resources on climate justice includes articles and toolkits, films and documentaries, books, podcasts – and games.
You can also sign up for the Quaker Faith in Action newsletters – select climate justice and sustainability for newsletters about COP26 and other climate justice work.
Woodbrooke is running monthly spiritual preparation calls for COP26.
QPSW also recommends these resources from other organisations:
COP26 Coalition’s ‘Boiling Point’ series of webinars, for those who want a more detailed look at the COP negotiations (this link is to the first in a series of six).
Climate Fair Shares infographic (from the presentation).
Framing Climate Justice – a useful piece of research on how we can communicate the need for climate justice.