Resurgam News

Newsletter of the Uxbridge Quaker Meeting group on outreach and renovation

Spring Open Afternoon & Talks

Saturday 28th of April
Launching our year's theme of peace and security will be an open afternoon concerned with the theme of militarisation 28th April with speakers from the Peace Pledge Union and from the Peace Education department of Quakers in Britain.
We hope to initiate a lively discussion on an issue of concern for many years of Britain Yearly Meeting with groups such as Quaker Peace and Service sending Quakers on placement with organisations such as Forces Watch.
Download the booklet 'Take Action on Militarisation'

What is militarism?

Militarism is the belief that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests. This makes the world less, not more secure. Investment should be channelled into the humanitarian, peace building and development efforts that will wither the roots of war and build true security.

The Unseen March
The Unseen March is a short film from Quakers in Britain. It brings together voices from education, the armed forces, and public life, and questions the creeping militarisation of schools. Send it to a friend to help spread awareness of the issue.

Finding a title

Friends thought a term more appealing to the general public might be found for our theme, and mindful of the centenary of the end of WWI, and the popularly held belief at the time that the war would be a final push to settle a l world peace... how about

'Can War End War? - 100 years on from the War to End all Wars'.

What do YOU think? Have your say: 
Contact us today! 

We are planning to hang three large-format display boards in the Small Meeting House as a permanent fixture giving information on Quakers for visitors and hirers. They are on display in a number of meetings including Manchester Friends. Estimates for A1 and A0 format prints and installation are being obtained.
Researching our meeting house and our history over 350 years - The Bicentennial celebration:
Don't know our meeting house is having a 200-year birthday this year?

Can you help us?

We are working together to build-up a timeline exhibition of Uxbridge Quakers and the meeting house with we hope collaboration with local historians like Ken Pearce, and our very own Fiona Berry, using existing writing, and new research in Uxbridge and Friends House archives and oral history from current Friends.
Calling all friends !!
Questions Friends may help answer:
  1. Do you know of conscientious objectors in the First World War from the meeting?
  2. What were Friends doing between the wars? What about the Women's movement, temperance? What about Uxbridge Quakers in business and industry?
  3. Do you have any interesting photographs?
    Let the clerks and elders know, and we can create a tapestry of words and images to display. We need ( your help to document and research our history so we can expand our standing exhibition -- especially 'gaps' such as the first half of the 20th century:
Midsummer Churches Together Garden Event!
On Sunday the 24th of June, at 1.30pm at the meeting house and hopefully partly in the grounds we will be hosting an event on auspices of the CTU AGM, where people from all denominations came to meet and celebrate the life and ministry of each other's faith communities in Uxbridge. There will be a very short optional business section but the main point is eating together and exploring with each other the things eternal. Uxbridge Quakers have been represented on the CTU committee for many years - Our Lady RC, St Matthew's/St Andrews CofE, Christ Church M/URC, Salvation Army, Hillingdon Hospital Chaplaincy and more.
Uxbridge Quakers are organising most of the proceedings with a grand shared lunch, and a talk by a knowledgeable Quaker on our history, which Uxbridge church-goers are keen to learn about. We will also facilitate a worship sharing / small group discussion forum exploring our shared values and the distinctiveness of each other's traditions. We will focus on words, phrases of religious/spiritual nature and discuss our understanding of them, in an exercise the author has seen work well at London West AM annual gathering 2016. We will launch our new bicentennial exhibition too. 
Theme for the autumn: WWI Art
Jonathan Hutchins - artist
There are a number of other windows of opportunity for outreach later on in the year with Open House London 22nd-23rd September, Quaker Week early October, and we plan an event on the afternoon of Armistice Day Sun 11th November. We hope to engage the artist Jonathan Hutchins, who may display his work relating to the life and work of the Anglo-Welsh WWI artist, and speak to it.

More details David Jones' art and life on display at the Tate is available online.
        Dates for the outreach diary 2018
  • 28th April - Open afternoon talks on militarism
  • 24th June - Churches Together lunch and forum
  • 22-23rd September - Open House London weekend
  • 8-14th October - exhibition / event TBA
  • 11th November - Armistice Day commemoration / public event
Let's get our ministry on! 

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next Resurgam meeting 

Thursday 22nd March 

at the meeting House, 7pm-8.30pm

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