As part of this event organized by the Point d'Appui in Lausanne, we attended an interactive workshop around some of the big questions of immigration. This workshop was led by Atelier Ethique , one of many this group has led throughout Switzerland to help us talk about our values and ethics and apply them coherently in the face of this very complex issue and the many diverse opinions around it. An example of a discussion question was: Is security of the state an element that needs to be protected? What is the link between security and migration?
Applications for the 2017 QUNO Summer School are being accepted until 15 March 2017.
This program introduces young people during twelve summer days (2-14 July) in Geneva to the work of the United Nations, as seen through the programme areas of QUNO.
Who can apply? Those with an active interest in international affairs, as well as the desire to share understanding with others. Fluent English is essential. Participants’ ages range from 20 – 26. Quakers are usually in the majority, although anyone may apply. We welcome applications from anywhere in the world. Applicants from outside the EU/Switzerland will need a visa, and QUNO assists with visa applications, although we are unable to guarantee success.
The participation fee for the Summer School is £630, which goes towards the costs of accommodation, programme and meals. Travel costs to Geneva and spending money are not included in this fee. Participants will be required to pay a deposit of £100 on acceptance of a place on the Summer School.
For more information, go to Summer School QUNO Geneva
online retreat for those aged 18-35 will offer space for spiritual connection, exploration and deepening.Read More
The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network (QARN) and Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) have published a report on Friends’ efforts to respond to the influx of displaced persons in Europe. Quaker Faith in Action: Friends’ work in the area of forced migration is available. The report is currently available in English only, but Friends willing and able to translate into French and German are asked to contact QCEA.
Quaker refugee survey launched: The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network (QARN) and Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) are collecting information from friends engaged with refugees and asylum seekers. They hope to learn about both difficulties and successes, to connect Meetings/projects that could support each other, and root their advocacy in various Quaker experiences. Take part at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QARN-QCEA
The Annual Meeting is normally for nominated Representatives from Yearly or Monthly Meetings and organisations and worship groups in our Section. However, this is going to be a special year, as we shall be joined by members of the Central Executive Committee of FWCC. Therefore we are offering open places to Friends who might like to take part in the Meeting and come and meet Friends from the other Sections: Africa, Asia West Pacific and Americas.
Pilgrims’ Progress – from Kabarak to Cusco (via Busan and Birmingham!)
There are references in the theme to the World Conference of Friends, which took place in Kabarak, Kenya, in 2012, and resulted in a call to Peace and Ecojustice, to the World Council of Churches’ invitation to Pilgrimages of Justice and Peace, which arose from its General Assembly in Busan in 2013, and to the next meeting of FWCC International Representatives, which will take place in Cusco, Peru’, from 19th to 27th January 2016, on the theme of Living the Transformation: Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of God’s children (Romans 8:19)
The planning group offers these Queries on the Theme for Friends to explore within their Meetings in preparation for the Annual Meeting.
The Meeting will start on Thursday 4th June 2015 with the evening meal at 18:15 hrs – please arrive from 4pm onwards – and end with lunch at 13:00 on Sunday 7th June 2015.
For more info consult the FWCC EMES Calendar.
Faith and Practice document can vary widely amongst Quakers, but the goal is the same - to provide advices and queries so that Friends can examine our lives as we strive to live in the Light. Below is a link to disciplines available on line from the Earlham School of Religion.
The Friends World Committee for Consultation shares the epistles of Quakers worldwide. Epistles "continues to be an important way for Friends and others to learn about each other in that which is eternal. they help us appreciate that we are part of a world family of Friends."
Artist Retreat - Saturday 9 May to Friday 15 May facilitated by Karina Knight professional artist and installation artist
Quaker Volunteer Action 24-31 March. Information contact Working Retreats Co-ordinator: Jasmine Piercy: 00 44 (0)7530 844611, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Une Economie Porteuse de Paix: est-elle conceivable, 16-18 Octobre avec EDOUARD DOMMEN, économiste, auteur du livre A Peaceable Economy* (livre en anglais, traduction française en préparation)
Quaker organizations release a statement calling for a "fair, sufficient, and effective international climate change agreement" at the Climate Summit 2014 on 23 September 2014.