"Quakers respect the creative power of God in every human being and in the world around us. We work through quiet processes for a world where peaceful means bring about just settlements."

Devizes Quakers met at the war memorial at 3.00pm on Sunday 14 November to lay a wreath of white poppies. We stood in silence for a short time in remembrance of those who have died or suffered in war and conflict.  .

About 18 local Quakers with Friends from nearby meetings and members of the local community met around the market cross to stand in silent solidarity with those already suffering from the effects of climate change and to uphold the delegates of COP26 as they deliberate and make pledges to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. We plan to meet again on 11 November as the conference draws to a close and would be pleased to have others join us.

 

Members of Devizes Quaker Meeting are planning to hold a silent vigil in the town centre on Thursday 4 and 11 to stand for an hour in silence; in solidarity with those already suffering from the effects of climate change and to hold the attendees at COP26 in our thoughts as they make critical decisions and commitments in Glasgow. For Quakers this would be an expression of our spiritual concerns for the environment and climate as seen in minute 36 from our Yearly Meeting 2011.

We have invited members of local churches, Devizes Muslims and Sustainable Devizes to join us.

We are proposing to start at 10.00 am and end at 11.00 am during market day as there are likely to be more people around to see what is happening.

We need to ensure social distancing and encourage the wearing of masks to protect ourselves and the people of Devizes.

As this is to be a silent vigil. we will have someone able to explain what is going on to passers-by as well as placards. It would be good to have placards both to say who we are as well as our main concerns.

 

On 2 October we took advantage of the more relaxed arrangements for meeting in person to hold a long delayed workshop about Quaker spirituality.. There were 16 of us in the Meeting Room and one of the delights of the day was seeing so many Friends again in person..

Our speaker was Stuart Masters from Woodbrooke. He was an excellent speaker and held our interest for the full time available. We began with a brief look at where the current approach to spirituality started back in the 17th century then moved on to how we do things today. We had the opportunity to think about our own response to what was offered to us..

 

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