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Quakers try to live their lives in peace, truth, simplicity and equality

Find out more about Quaker beliefs, values, roots and the work that we do today

Find a Quaker Meeting near you

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

Feb
24
Sun
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.

Mar
9
Sat
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

Mar
20
Wed
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.

Mar
26
Tue
Lent Conversations 2019: Faith in the Public Square – Women, Work, Society and Church @ Redland Park URC
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join The Right Reverend Viv Faull, Bishop of Bristol as she explores themes ranging from work through to women’s place in today’s society. This free event is part of the Churches Together in Clifton, Cotham and Redland Lent Conversations 2019 series.

For more information see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lent-conversations-women-work-society- church-tickets-58017606222?aff=ebapi

 

Mar
27
Wed
Annual Civic Inter-Faith Celebration @ Lord Mayor’s Chapel
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

7 for 7.30 pm

Arranged by Bristol Inter Faith Group on behalf of the Lord Mayor, Cllr Cleo Lake. This year the theme is Conflict Resolution and will consist of contributions by various Bristol faith communities, including Quakers.

All welcome, admission free

Mar
28
Thu
Protest the DPRTE Arms Fair
Mar 28 all-day

The DPRTE arms fair, which was chased out of Bristol in 2013, then energetically protested for several years in Cardiff, announced it was moving to the NEC near Birmingham. But just over a month before it was due to open, it’s announced it’s relocating again to Farnborough, in Hampshire.

The announcement came after the new Birmingham Stop the Arms Fair group had planned a day of creative actions against the event. This shows that protesting, or even planning to protest, does work!

Read more here: https://blog.caat.org.uk/2019/02/08/success-arms-fair-chased-out-of-birmingham/

On Thursday 28th March, join us to protest this much-chased arms fair at Farnborough

Bring banners whistles and other creative stunt gear

Transport from Bristol

Meet 7.00am outside the Colston Hall (off the Centre) Bristol
Other pickup near M32 possible by arrangement
Return Early evening.

To reserve your seat, text 07711-214-168

Cost

Split travel costs.

Apr
10
Wed
Lent Conversations 2019: Faith in the Public Square – Faith and Civic Duties @ Redland Park URC
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, as he explores what faith and civic duties look like in today’s world. This free event is part of the Churches Together in Clifton, Cotham and Redland Lent Conversations 2019 series.

For more information see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lent-conversations-faith-civic-duties-tickets- 58017851957

 

Apr
12
Fri
Action against Climate Change – Titanic Performance @ Cascade Steps (City Centre end of Docks)
Apr 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Come along –

Enjoy a powerful and moving performance and show your support for the Extinction Rebellion actions against climate change

Using the sinking of the Titanic as a metaphor for the imminent crisis we are all facing, the dockside performance will take place against a large painting of the Titanic disaster. The performance will include actors dressed as national and international politicians re-arranging the deckchairs whilst a flash mob of musicians play 1912 music as the Titanic/Earth sinks.
The action will be silent, apart from the musicians and a giant foghorn and a rousing rendition, at the end, of ‘Abide with Me’ (with alternative words provided on the day!)

Take part –

The Action is highly choreographed and we will need around 20 placard holders for the narrative placards that will lead down to the ‘stage’.

We also need people just to come along to blend in with the crowd that will gather, in amongst which, the musicians will be hidden.

Please note – The action is weather-dependant as the musicians have expensive musical instruments so please check the Bristol XR website, 24 hours before the event.

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This is an Extinction Rebellion Performance Action led by the EarthQuakes (mainly Quakers) and Evergreens XR Affinity Groups, together with the Insight Ensemble.  (Watch Insight Ensemble here)

 

We are hoping that this Performance Action can also be recreated in London the following week on Tuesday 16th April – watch this space…..

Apr
14
Sun
Semites – in their own words @ Redland Meeting House
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Semites - in their own words @ Redland Meeting House

This workshop is based around filmed extracts of a theatre performance using the words of Palestinians and Israelis talking about their lives – past, present and future. The powerful narrative aims to help audiences gain a greater understanding of a Middle East situation which is rarely out of the news, but with a focus on dialogue and listening to the feelings behind the words.

The workshop will be facilitated by Peter Brill, Trustee of Bristol-based charity Salaam Shalom, and Ben Nathan, Executive Producer, Interviewer and Actor in the London and Bristol performances of ‘Semites’.

Previous workshops have led to wide-ranging discussion of these topics:

• The balance of views and ideas

• A change from specific language of conflict to wider nuance of regional politics

• The creative process in putting ‘Semites’ together

• If/ whether change is possible in the region

• What voices are missing from the production and what happens next

This workshop is hosted by Redland Quaker Meeting. All Bristol Quakers are warmly invited to come and to bring their friends.

There will be a retiring collection for the interfaith peacebuilding work of Salaam Shalom.

submitted by Julia Bush