"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."

We were pleased to see old friends at the Fairtrade coffee morning held on 20 November in the meeting Room despite the need to take precautions to avoid transmission of the Covid virus. People dropped in to buy or order products in time for Christmas. Some of the usual products are sadly not currently obtainable but we were pleased to have had sales of over £90 which will help support producers in poorer parts of the world.

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.

 

Contact: Devizes Quakers 

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