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If you would like to see what a Quaker Meeting is like, just find one that is convenient for you and turn up – you will be very welcome! 

Bristol Quakers meet in seven locations in Bristol area:

Upcoming Events

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 @ City Hall
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The annual Holocaust Memorial Day Civic Commemoration will take place at City Hall on Friday 25 January, from 2pm – 5pm. As in previous years, the event is organised by a multi-faith team of volunteers led by Marian Liebmann.

The theme ‘Torn from Home’ has been chosen by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for this year’s event.We will remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of others killed under Nazi persecution and the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. In every case, millions of homes were lost, as well as lives, and reflection upon this fact helps us to comprehend both differences and commonalities among genocide victims and between these victims and ourselves.

The leading speaker will be Iby Knill, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor. Iby was sent from her home in Slovakia to Hungary where she joined the Resistance Movement. After her arrest she was imprisoned and tortured before being sent to Auschwitz Birkenau and a slave labour camp at Lippstadt. In 1945 she worked with the Allied Military Government where she met her husband, a British Army officer. In recent years Iby has spoken to thousands of people and written two books about her experiences.

During the group discussion which will follow, participants will be invited to consider what it is like to flee your home at short notice and to think about the items you would need or want in your suitcase. After a tea break and an opportunity to visit the stalls of relevant Bristol projects (including refugee projects), there will be an opportunity to hear from local sixth-formers who have recently visited Auschwitz. Other speakers will include Cllr Asher Craig and HM Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding and a closing ceremony will be led by Father Richard Mackay.

Quaker volunteers are needed ‘on the day’ to convene small group discussions. Full instructions will be provided. Please email Marian Liebmann asap if you have experience of leading discussions and are able to offer this service: marian@liebmann.org.uk.

Our Fragile Planet – a Christian Perspective: Caring for the Earth 2 @ Redland Church Hall
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr Martin Hodson will be talking about sustainable agriculture issues in relation to population increases and the effects of climate change. This is part of a series of lectures looking at the Biblical mandate for caring for our world and the science that lies behind the challenges we face. The intention is that the lectures should not only inform us of the objective facts and controversies but also look at how God’s people can respond, both as individuals and corporately, and in a manner that balances the needs of individuals with the need to safeguard the future of our planet. For more information contact Dr Christina Biggs at cmbbiggs@gmail.com

What is Extinction Rebellion? Why a normally law-abiding Bristol Professor got himself arrested @ Redland Meeting House
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Talk by Professor Colin Davies, Friday 8th February, 7.30pm at Redland Meeting House, Hampton Road – Free event – All welcome

If, like me, your heart sinks when you think about the enormity  of the problems climate change is causing, then I hope that these thoughts also give you some degree of optimism.
I had vaguely heard about Extinction Rebellion when they blocked 5 London bridges in November. They are quickly gaining supporters across the globe. I heard their call to “be part of the 3.5%” but I didn’t really understand this until I watched this fascinating short TED talk https://youtu.be/YJSehRlU34w and I more fully realised the power of non-violent, direct action. I hope that other Quakers too will listen to this TED talk and come to Redland Meeting to find out more about Extinction Rebellion and what we, as Quakers and inhabitants of planet Earth at such a crucial time in history can do.  This feels like a natural path for Quakers to take. Quakers have been using non-violent direct action and rebelling against injustice for centuries.   My first grandchild is due at Easter and this call for “rebelling for life and love” has gained even greater significance and urgency. This, for me, is Quaker Faith in Action.
Professor Colin Davis of Bristol University has kindly agreed to give an introductory talk about Extinction Rebellion and the importance of non-violent direct action. It’s a whistle-stop tour of the latest science on accelerating climate change and why he supports Extinction Rebellion and their rapidly-growing movement. See this link for information:- https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/news-opinion/extinction-rebellion-university-bristol-arrest-2337525.amp
This talk is being organised by Bristol EarthQuakes, a newly-formed Extinction Rebellion affinity group (mainly made up of Quakers).
With the publication of the UN’s IPCC Report on Climate Change and, as David Attenborough has said, us facing “our greatest threat in thousands of years”, we are running out of time.  Governments and corporations need people to push them to act – and act fast.  Extinction Rebellion has given me hope that we can together help make those in power take the right path.
Yours in Friendship and hope

Jo Flanagan

To book  your place

Please register via the Evenbrite Event page here. The event is free and open to everyone, Quaker and non-Quaker.
Festival of Transformation @ City Hall
Feb 9 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
An event for all Christian groupings in Bristol to  explore how we can work together on sustainability – and why it is part of our faith.   This day aims to inspire and encourage action for a sustainable and hopeful world, to overcome the common narrative of division and fear.

There is a need for fundamental changes to the way societies and lifestyles are shaped if we are to provide for a just and sustainable future. The focus will be on positive empowerment  and what we can do together.

We hope as many Quakers as possible will come and contribute – one of the main plenary sessions is being led by local Quakers and Catholics jointly – using silence to explore our own role.
If you can help promote the event we have a Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2194045300877473/
Please book your free place on the day at: https://festivaloftransformation.eventbrite.co.uk/  (This is just so we know numbers for laying out chairs and organising catering).
Hidden Voices: Church Action on Modern Slavery and Exploitation in Bristol @ St Peters Henleaze
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This free event takes place from 10am to 12pm at St Peters Henleaze, The Drive, Henleaze, Bristol, BS9 4LD, where modern slavery in Bristol will be discussed and people will think about how churches can help‘slavery proof’ themselves and also work with their communities to tackle the issue. Hidden Voices is an ecumenical resource which aims to inform and support local communities in taking action on the challenging issue of Modern Slavery within their own communities. Evidence suggests that around a half to two thirds of homeless people have been or will be involved in modern slavery. The police have made it clear that they cannot prosecute their way out of this problem and need community support. For more information email maggsd1961@gmail.com and to book a place see:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hidden-voices-church-action-on-modern-slavery-exploitation-inbristol- tickets-53222134838

Diverse Doors Open Day @ Bristol
Feb 24 all-day

This is an annual event, offering the opportunity to visit a range of places of worship. It aims to give a flavour of the many faiths in the city of Bristol. Last year a total of 16 places of worship opened their doors. In addition, 7 of the 16 venues formed a designated ‘Faith Trail’, each representing a different faith.At each of these 7 core venues there was an opportunity to participate in a discussion. If you would likeyour place of worship to be part in next year’s event, please get in touch. Contactinfo@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk or call 07789 040267.

Quaker Peace Lecture: Science for a Secure & Sustainable Future, given by Dr Stuart Parkinson @ Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building
Mar 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Sixth Annual Bristol Quaker Peace Lecture

Science for a Secure & Sustainable Future, given by Dr Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility

Science and technology have brought major benefits to humankind. But they have also brought enormous threats – from nuclear warheads to robotic weapons and from climate disruption to mass extinction. Science and technology can help create a fairer society – but too often they are used to entrench inequality and injustice. In this lecture, Dr Parkinson will examine how society uses and misuses science and technology – and highlight ways in which we can reshape our relationship with these powerful forces to help bring about a more secure and sustainable society.

Dr Stuart Parkinson started his career as an electronic engineer in the arms industry before ethical concerns led him to pursue a PhD in climate science and then move into policy and campaign work across science, technology and ethical issues. He has authored and co-authored numerous reports, including ‘Offensive Insecurity’, ‘Soldiers in the Laboratory’, ‘Science and the Corporate Agenda’, ‘UK Nuclear Weapons: a catastrophe in the making?’ and ‘Shale Gas and Fracking: examining the evidence’.

Organised by Bristol Quakers
Hosted by University of Bristol

Lent Conversations 2019: Faith in the Public Square – Immigration in a Post-Brexit Britain @ Christ Church Clifton
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Ben Ryan, Head of Research at Theos as he explores what the future of immigration might look like post Brexit. This free event is part of the Churches Together in Clifton, Cotham and Redland Lent Conversations 2019 series.

For more information see: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lent-conversations-immigration-of-post-brexit- britain-tickets-58017391580?aff=erelexpmlt

Festival of Ideas Lecture @ Wills Memorial Building
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Free, but booking on Eventbrite required

Britain has often found groups within its borders whom it does not trust, whom it feels have a belief, culture, practice or agenda which runs contrary to those of the majority. Muslims are the latest in a long line of ‘others’ to be given the label of ‘the enemy within’. How did this state of affairs come to pass? What are the lessons and challenges for the future – and how will the tale of Muslim Britain develop? Sayeeda Warsi draws on her own position in British life to explore questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of ‘British values’.

Visit website Eventbrite and enter Warsi in the search box for events in Bristol.