That of God in everyone

July's Monthly Readings


Are you concerned with the Preparative, Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly Meetings during which the business of our Society is conducted? Are these meetings held in a spirit of worship and dependence upon the guidance of God? Do you take your right share of service of these meetings, realizing they are essential for the support and development of our corporate concerns? Do you carry out discipline when advisable, in a sensitive and Christian manner?

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Are your meetings for church affairs held in a spirit of worship and in dependence on the guidance of God? Remember that we do not seek a majority decision nor even consensus. As we wait patiently for divine guidance our experience is that the right way will open and we shall be led into unity

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IYM Update

Quaker Cottage Belfast Flyer

Our IYM Recording Clerk would like to draw our attention to both the flier above and to the fact that the latest edition of the IYM newsletter is available for download here - IYM Newsletter 28-06-2019

SBQM at Refugee Week Picnic 2019


This year we set up a free cake stand at the Great Refugee Week Picnic which took place in Ormeau Park on Sunday the 23rd of June. Lots of Quakers took part in the baking and handing out of cake and sweet foods, but sadly we only managed to capture a few on camera. For all the photos head to the
Photos Page.

World Refugee Week


“Be kind to strangers, help to make them feel at home” (Abdu’l Baha).


“Oh Blessed One, may I not come to the complete awakening, if when I have done so, there should, in my Pure Land, be any discrimination of regard or privilege between humans and devas or between different individuals on such grounds as colour, relative beauty or other criteria, save the harmless kind of discrimination that is necessary for naming and keeping count of things”

“In as much as you did it to the least important you did it to me”
(Jesus Christ, Matthew 25: 40).

God resides in all human beings. To welcome a guest therefore is to also welcome God. All guests are to be welcomed with the same respect that you would offer God.
“Do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer you meet”
(Quran Surah 4 verse 36)
“You shall also love the stranger” (Deuteronomy 10: 19).
Every Sikh Gurdwara (temple) displays the Nishan Sahib, a visible sign signifying a place of worship and refuge where all are welcome for worship and offered welcome and hospitality without discrimination. Each Gurdwara practices the Langar, an open kitchen and meal.

IYM Newsletter

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Download the latest newsletter below:

IYM Newsletter 21/06/2019

Campaign Against Arms Trade

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Dear friend,


UK policy clearly states the government must deny licences if there is a ‘clear risk’ arms ‘might’ be used in ‘a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law’. In spite of hundreds of alleged breaches of International Humanitarian Law, the government has supplied more than £5 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia since the conflict in Yemen began.

We feel hopeful that the Court of Appeal will agree these sales were in fact unlawful. Whatever the result, the worlds media will be watching, and we must use this moment to force change. Government must follow their own rules on arms sales, or rip them up and start again, because theyre not worth the paper theyre written on.


Follow us on Twitter ( or Facebook ( , or if you can, come down to the Royal Courts of Justice on and be one of the first to know the result.


If you cant follow the news on Thursday, well let you know the result by email as soon as we can.

Whichever way this goes, I want to take this moment to thank you for all that you've done over the last four years as we've fought this legal battle together, for every email you've written or donation you've made. Without your support, this work simply couldn't happen.

In solidarity


Downloadable Quaker Newsletters

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Dear friends, lieve vrienden, chers amis, liebe Freunde, queridos amigos, cari amici,
Attached as a 16-page PDF is the July – August 2019 issue of the Belgium and Luxembourg Yearly Meeting (BLYM) newsletter, being distributed blind-copy to approximately 70 Quakers on the BLYM clerk’s list and to over 200 other Quaker addresses worldwide.
Summary of contents:
·      Listen! A poem from Irish Quakers
·      BLYM Residential Yearly Meeting 15-17 November 2019
·      The BLYM clerk’s report for the recently published FWCC-EMES 2018 annual report
·      Quaker Ways 1. Recollections from BLYM newsletters of the past.
·      The epistle of the FWCC-EMES 2019 Annual Meeting in Budapest.
·      Présentation aux membres de BLYM à la Maison Quaker Bruxelles par Delson Malumbe, jeune Quaker de la République Démocratique du Congo.
·      Quaker Congo Partnership, a U.K. charity
·      Quaker Meetings and Events
·      Five Quaker resources:  Deepening the spiritual: exploring the role of the elder; Clerking; What Charity Chairs can learn from the Quaker Business Method; When Quaker Process Fails; and The Power of Loving Your Enemy
·      Quaker Cuisine 1 – Mixed Bean Salad
·      Information on BLYM Meetings for Worship in Brussels, Ghent, and Luxembourg
·      Reflection: the benefits of silent, active listening
·      From our archives: a brief history of BLYM (Part One)
Also attached for those who might not already be receiving them are three just-published pdf documents: (a) the Doncaster Conversation Club Newsletter which reports monthly on their work with refugees at the Quaker Meeting House in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, (b) Around Europe from the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) reporting on actions to promote Quaker values at the European level, and (c) QAADRANT from Quaker Action on Alcohol & Drugs.
At our BLYM Meeting for Business on Sunday, 9 June, it was suggested that the Newsletter consider conducting and publishing interviews of members, and I am planning to do that. I have had contact with the past editor of the Friend, Ian Kirk-Smith and the current editor, Joe Jones, and they both have included an interview from time to time in the weekly editions of the Friend that provide a good model of how interviews can add to a periodical.
I would also like to say with gratitude that the number of BLYM Members who have contributed articles, announcements, book reviews, and poems to the newsletter in the two and a half years that I have been serving as editor has been heartwarming and I hope that they and others will feel moved to contribute more material for future issues.
Please let me know if you no longer wish to receive the Newsletter.
If you know others who might be interested in receiving it, please invite them to contact me.
• In Friendship • Met hartelijke groeten • Bien amicalement
• Mit freundlichen Grüßen • En amistad • In amicizia • Na amizade
Daniel Clarke Flynn, BLYM Newsletter Editor
Mobile: +32 (0) 474 710 173   Skype: daniel.flynn39
Verviers and Brussels, Belgium






Eco Congregation & IYM Newsletters

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Both the Eco Congregation Ireland Newsletter and the Ireland Yearly Meeting Newsletter are available for download in the two links below:

Eco Congregation Newsletter - May 2019

IYM Newsletter - Week Ending 7th of June

June's Monthly Readings


Are you convinced of the reality of God and do you respond to His Spirit at work within you? Have you individually, through repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, experienced true conversion of heart? Do you depend on the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit and do you show this by your devotion to God and by your love to all people?

IYM General Christian Counsel

Do you try to set aside times of quiet for openness to the Holy Spirit? All of us need to find a way in to silence which allows us to deepen our awareness of the divine and to find the inward source of our strength. Seek to know an inward stillness, even amid the activities of daily life. Do you encourage in yourself and in others a habit of dependence on God’s guidance for each day? Hold yourself and others in the Light, knowing that all are cherished by God.

BYM Advices & Queries

UQM Update

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Welcome to the June 2019 edition of the Ulster Quarterly Meeting Central Committee newsletter.  Below you will find some events and information that Ulster Friends have shared for circulation around Meetings. This newsletter will be circulated at the beginning of each month. If your Meeting is planning any events that would be of interest to Ulster Quakers and that Friends from other meetings could attend or you have any information to share, please send me it and I will include it. The deadline for the July 2019 edition is Friday 28 June 2019.

Ulster Quarterly Meeting
Ulster Quarterly Meeting will take place on Sunday 9 June 2019 at 10am in Richhill.  The programme is attached.
UQM June 2019 Programme.docx

South Belfast Meeting
Thursday 6th June - Meeting for Worship 12:15pm followed by Friendship lunch together at 12:45pm. All welcome.

Moyallon Meeting
Friends are invited to a Missionary Meeting on Sunday 7th July at 3pm in Moyallon Centre with a cup of tea afterwards. 

Lurgan Meeting
Lurgan Friends Meeting is organising an outing to the North Coast on Saturday 15th June 2019. They plan to join with Coleraine Friends for a meal in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 5pm. The bus will leave Lurgan Meeting House at 10am on Saturday 15th June and call at Coleman’s garden centre for coffee en route to the north coast.  It is hoped to tour around the Coleraine/Portrush/Portstewart area as well. If you are interested in going, please contact ALWYN SINTON of Lurgan Meeting for more details and to book a place on the bus, tel 028 3883 1619.

Senior Moyallon Camp
Senior Moyallon Camp will be held from 5th to 12th July 2019 at the Moyallon Centre. It is for young people aged 14+.  Application forms are available to download from The cost is £110. If possible, the camp leaders would encourage your Meeting to support Young Friends financially to allow them to attend camp.This year participants are looking forward to welcoming Noah Baker Merrill, from Putney Friends Meeting, Vermont, USA as the speaker for the week. There is a fun programme planned which includes games, workshops, a service project and a beach day (back by popular demand)! Attached is the camp flyer and an SMC application and parental consent form. SMC APPLICATION AND PARENTAL CONSENT FORM 2019.pdf

A BIG thank you from Quaker Service!
A big thank you from all the staff and volunteers at Quaker Service to our Belfast Friends!  A great spring plant sale hosted by South Belfast Meeting on May 11th has raised a brilliant £1085.50 to support the work of our local Quaker charity. This money can go directly to support the work our teams undertake in our communities and prisons, supporting those most vulnerable and most at risk. Why not consider running a fundraiser at your local Meeting?  Plant sales, concerts, cake sales and coffee mornings are all fun ways to get F/friends together and support the work of your Quaker charity. For more information on our work visit  For support in running an event in support of Quaker Service, call us on 028 9020 1444 or email Dave Morton, Operations Manager

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Monthly Meeting in Coleraine
Bronwen Haire sent this report: We were warmly welcomed by Coleraine Friends and provided with a delicious tea. It was good to have so many Friends from Coleraine and even from Bishop Street in Derry. Monthly Meeting tea is a lovely social occasion before the business. It is such a pleasure to meet Friends old and new. I would like to suggest we make our next Monthly Meeting in Hillsborough on 23rd August, more of a social and family event. We have done it before. Could we all bring a dish to share? Weather depending we could eat inside in the beautifully refurbished Meeting House or outside in the lovely grounds.

The business: We made various appointments, discussed Membership, e.g. becoming a Member and two death notes were read. We discussed the role of the new Ireland Yearly Meeting Youth Coordinator and will submit our thoughts to the office in Dublin. This was Marie Abbott’s last Monthly Meeting as Clerk, and the new Clerk Bronwen Haire was appointed. The Clerk and Felicity McCartney travelled by train from Belfast and caught the 9.15pm train back to Belfast. Bronwen was able to charge her electric car very close to the railway station. On the way back to the station we saw this wonderful display of alliums and irises (photos attached).

Joseph Scriven Memorial Service
Celebrations have been planned to mark the life of Mr Joseph Scriven of (Seapatrick) Banbridge, born 10th September, 1819 (moved from Ireland to Canada 1844) and more commonly known for his authorship of the universally sung hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus.  You can read the plans in detail in
Joseph Scriven Memorial Service.docx.

Kind regards


Karen Nicholson