We normally meet every Sunday at 10.30am for Meeting for Worship
However, during the pandemic we have met in our own homes 10.45 – 11.15.
We have also started to meet on Zoom afterwards for conversation and catch-up from 11.30 onward.
Sunday 5 July, Business Meeting after MfW from 11.15 am
Sunday 12 July, Area Meeting at Berkhamsted starting at 2 pm
Panel discussion : Peaceful protest to effect change
Friday 11th October 19:00 for 19:30 start
Harpenden Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 1PD
Harpenden Meeting invite you to our Quaker Week event for 2019, on Friday 11 October, 19.00 for a 19.30 start. A panel of local activists will discuss the role peaceful protest can play in bringing about change. There will also be refreshments afterwards, and an optional half hour-meeting for worship at 9:30pm.
It would be wonderful to see you at our event.
Here’s the current edition of Quaker News…
Luton Friends hosted Area Meeting on Sunday last. It was inspiring to be with Quakers from other local meetings, and we tried to give them a very warm welcome over lunch and at teatime. Many thanks to our caretakers for making sure that the Meeting House was looking its very best.
At the meeting itself, a Luton Friend read from Quaker faith and practice 10.20:
“One of the unexpected things I have learnt in my life as a Quaker is that religion is basically about relationships between people. This was an unexpected discovery, because I had been brought up to believe that religion was essentially about our relationship with God…
… I do not think I am alone in my certainty that it’s in my relationships with people that the deepest religious truths are most vividly disclosed.” (George Gorman)Another Luton Friend gave a short talk about the transformative work of the Quaker Office at the United Nations (QUNO). QUNO addresses some of the greatest and most difficult issues: human rights and refuges, peace and disarmament, food and sustainability, and climate change. Diplomats, UN officials, staff of NGOs, come together for off-the-record meals in the Geneva House, in a Quaker atmosphere of trust, a meeting of hearts and perhaps then of minds.
An invitation to a talk by Sara Barnard in conversation for Quaker week.
News from Quakers in Ireland…
Three Friends from Luton Meeting attended the Carnival of Resistance in London on Friday protesting at the visit of Donald Trump to the UK. It was right that we did so. We were struck by the diversity of groups that joined the march. Climate change activists, anti-racists, women’s rights campaigners, political parties, faith groups…
A person that we met and walked with for a time explained that this was her first ever demonstration, but she had been moved to act, encouraged by her daughter, to take part because Trump is terrifyingly wrong on so many fronts. She had deliberately sought out Quakers to be with because they would act peacefully and appropriately on the demo, she said.
On Saturday at the Quaker Meeting House in Harpenden there was an inspiring talk for the United Nations Association by Tobi Wellner from Quaker Peace and Social Witness – about brave and talented activists for social justice, in East Africa, especially in communities in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya. Their work, based in non-violence, is difficult and sometimes very dangerous. They operate according to the Seven Principles of the Quaker programme Turning the Tide, three of which are:
- Being willing to take action for justice without giving into or mimicking violence
- Respecting and caring for everyone involved in a conflict, including our opponent
- Believing that everyone is capable of change and no-one has a monopoly of the truth.
Tens of thousands of people had come together in London to make a powerful statement to the most powerful person in the world. Many of the slogans on the placards and banners rejected Trump utterly or were personally abusive.
“Build bridges not walls”, and the frequent “Love trumps Hate” if read as much more than a play on the name, were two that might be in tune with the thought that Donald Trump too is capable of change. And that the tide of the world can be turned.
Quaker Colin from Luton Meeting