Simpler ways without a meeting house
10 June 2021
How can we release the joy of being a Quaker by making our organisation simpler? How can being a Quaker role holder be less of a burden? What are we learning about simplicity through the pandemic?
This online series shares insights from the Simpler Meetings project of Britain Yearly Meeting. We will explore ideas of what is possible, and the variety of ways Quaker meetings and roles can organise themselves, led by the project's worker Jonathan Carmichael. We will build some visions of alternatives that free us to have more time for being Quakers, instead of running Quakers.
There are eight topics, and you can dip in and out of as many topics as you'd like. We recommend signing up for the first topic about fundamentals, if possible, as this sets the scene and covers key ideas relevant to all the other topics.
We are repeating each topic several times from March to June, on different days and times to make it easier for you to attend. We are building a conversation: so do encourage Friends in your meeting to come along with you, or on another date. There's an online forum, where you can continue to exchange ideas and reflections. Each topic has a ten minute video and ideas you can use to run a discussion session for your own meeting, if you want to.
Being a worshipping community can be so much simpler without a meeting house. A quarter of British local meetings are like this. What can we learn from each other? What answers do these meetings offer to people who assume the only “proper" way to be a Quaker meeting is in a meeting house? In this topic of the Simpler Meetings Series we will share and hear ideas about how you can thrive without a meeting house.
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