France in July 2016

On Thursday 14th July I watched groups of traditional folk dancers performing in the town of Saintes, in Charente Maritime. I thought how familiar it was and how similar experience to English folk dancing. The costumes were different and stylishly French, but many of the moves could have come from the traditions that I know […]

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Holy days

Holy days Do you need holidays when you are retired? Isn’t retirement one long holiday? For those who are working full time, either paid or voluntary, a holiday is a break, a rest, a time to relax and find refreshment, to have new experiences, travel, spend time with friends and family, or … Experiences of […]

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Querty

Querty Querty was a Quark. Quarks are very, very small, and always travel in twos or threes. Quarks have very short but superb lives. Some spin, as Querty did. Some are colourful as Querty was. Some are charming and Querty most certainly was enchanting. From the moment Querty was born as an up, up down […]

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My faith in practice

My faith in practice – this was repared for Area Meeting 10.7.16 I feel a vocation to ministry and a concern for the words which express our faith. I want to live in peace with the Earth and seek justice for my neighbours I try to be faithful and to live with sacrificial love. Ministry […]

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Meetings

There was a time when my life was full of meetings. In a different way it still is. There are the kind of meetings which make some say “Meetings are the bane of my life.” They have agendas with items like ‘Present and apologies’, ‘Matters arising’, ‘Any other business’ etc. There are Board Meetings and […]

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Quantum

Quantum Of all the Quarks, the original was Quantum. Quarks, are very, very small. They are part of the family of fundamental particles, smaller than an atom. They are found in families of two or three. Quantum was the first nuclear family. Not very many people understand Quarks. They are very mysterious. There is a […]

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Quodlibet

Quodlibet Quodlibet was a pair of very strange and scholarly Quarks bound together in a Mesonic marriage. Strange, because here were two contrasting characters in constant conflict. One was the opposite of the other. Scholarly, because Quodlibet was very steeped in spirituality and a maestro musically. Quodlibet divided days between debating elaborate and esoteric elements […]

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Be courageous

  I will hope that life will flourish. I will dream of peace on earth. I will dare to act for justice. But I feel the pangs of birth. We will trust in loving power. We will put our faith in truth. We will hold on to each other. But the road is far from […]

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Presence

Presence It was that feeling again, the tingling of the hairs rising at the back of the neck, accompanied by the sense of cold air falling from the ceiling, and a chill filling the room. The lights flickered, the wind moaned, the heart’s beating grew louder. The presence was here again. Power filled the place […]

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Meeting Unity

Meeting Unity Gathering Silence Settling Stillness Becoming Calm Increasing Awareness Seeking At-oneness Feeling Compassion Realising Anger Outpouring Love Collective Action   This poem/ reflection was published in The Friend, a Quaker weekly magazine. It expresses the process or liturgy of a Quaker meeting for worship. It can also be understood as the way we might […]

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