Reflecting on World Quaker Day 2017

Where in the world have you worshipped? This was the question I posed to Friends at the rise of meeting on World Quaker Day last year. I had brought FWCC’s new Finding Quakers Around the World map and asked everyone to take a moment during hospitality to post a pin in cities where they had attended Quaker meeting.

That day I learned that the members and attenders of my meeting are a well-traveled group. Together, we had visited sixteen countries on five continents, as well as towns all over the USA - including Alaska and Hawaii. But I also got a chance to talk with Friends who I don’t often connect with; I felt renewed in my curiosity and engagement with my meeting.

How did you mark World Quaker Day in 2017? Did you use one of the vibrant resources that FWCC Section of the Americas created for this purpose? The QuakerSpeak videos with religious education curricula, banners and posters, and other ideas for celebrating are collected on our website. Hopefully these resources helped start spirited conversations and spark new connections among Friends at your meeting as well.

Our Facebook page lit up with stories of shared joy and worship around the globe on World Quaker Day. This is the work of FWCC: giving Friends the tools to reach across distances great and small, to connect and reconnect over our shared faith.

Your support ensures that FWCC will be able to keep joining Friends together, whether it is traveling to worship with one another or hearing an online message that seems crafted for each of us individually. We all need these connections to keep us active and engaged in our communities. Thank you for helping keep our work alive.

In Friendship,

Blythe Davenport

 

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