That of God in everyone

M&O April 22 Update

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A theme that has been in our minds as we carefully emerge from the long "winter" of the pandemic, is how do we approach explaining what Quakerism is about, and to whom.

Because we believe that everyone is open to God - or however we seek to encapsulate that deep ideal - and that everyone will have their own path to that truth, we have been very careful about how we tell other people about Quakerism. Without a creed, and because we believe in a lived faith, it also is somewhat hard to give a brief yet full answer to the question of "what is Quakerism about?"

Those of us who find Quaker ways really helpful are happy to try to share that with others, but we certainly do not believe it is the exclusive way. We are deeply enriched by our ecumenical and inter-faith relations and are deeply conscious of the strength of other traditions.

But a paradox for us as a small community is that many of us come from different traditions, not having been brought up in Quaker families. We have made a journey into Quakerism. And we want that opportunity to be open, and as easy as is possible, for others who might be interested.

Hence, our use of Quaker Quest, where we hope some relatively new enquirers, as well as many of us who have been here for some time, may explore issues together. So too an idea we are mulling over is whether we should seek some outreach to students at Queen's, in the role of occasional meetings on campus, a chaplaincy or other approaches. Our Friends at Frederick Street are likewise thinking about how they relate to the Ulster University. It is only to open up a dialogue, to be present, to see if we can be helpful.

The Ministry and Oversight team - Felicity, Jonathan, Ian, Kerry, Marie, Michael, Sylvia and Will

"Among Friends" Issue 153

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EcoQuaker Gathering

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EcoQ Cork Gathering Letter

Quaker Quest


Are you interested in further exploring the Quaker way? Whether you are new to Quakerism, interested in Quakerism, or have been involved for many years, Quaker Quest, a relaxed but structured approach, developed by Britain Yearly Meeting, has proved to be a rich and rewarding experience. 

We feel this is a good time to use this method, as we emerge form the strictures of recent years into the current global climate, and are offering a series of four evening discussions - from 7pm to 9.15pm- at South Belfast Quaker Meeting. You can also join via Zoom  ( Kerry please put link for all sessions here) Please feel free to come to as many of the sessions as you want.

Together we will look at how we Quakers experience key issues,, and how we try to live out our faith. 
 Our themes will be:-
24 April - God/ Faith 
4 May - Worship 
11 May - Integrity 
18 May - Equality/ Diversity  
Each evening three speakers will briefly outline how they see things, before we all explore our thoughts and feelings and worship together.

If you would like to know more contact Will Haire at or Iam Mitchell at