Category: Quaker A-Z

Brief snippets of information presented in a themed structure

Quaker A-Z: Z is for Zen

Z is for Zen No, I’m not suggesting that you become a Buddhist or learn to meditate. Instead I’m suggesting you find a way to bring a bit of Zen acceptance of what is, into your life. While managing a meeting house you have to accept that there will be days when: Someone thinks that

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Quaker A-Z: Y is for D.I.Yourself

Y is for Do it Yourself Quakers have a long and worthy history of working together to solve large and small problems. Painting parties, working in the garden – even the Quaker Tapestry was done as a group effort. As mentioned in V is for Volunteers you may get professional people volunteering and you should

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Quaker A-Z: X is for eX-hibitions

X is for eXhibition Earlier this week I went into Friends House specifically to visit this exhibition – and thoroughly enjoyed it. Gorgeous colours and textures shown off beautifully in the space, the sound track enhanced the art as you moved around the exhibit. There were several Ffriendly faces that I recognised, but there were

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Quaker A-Z: W is for Where does the money go?

W is for Where does the money go? One of the difficulties I have found in both being a warden, and in dealing with finances is that most people aren’t interested. They nod politely when you mention money, glance at the account reports briefly when presented (if they’ve attended Business Meeting) and it is usually

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Quaker A-Z: V is for Vulnerable Victim

V is for Vulnerable Victim After a case of fraud in North Somerset and Wiltshire Monthly Meeting, members of that Monthly Meeting and Quaker Stewardship Committee produced a report titled: A vulnerable victim (you can download a copy at that link). The Judge at the Crown Court hearing referred to the Religious Society of Friends

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Quaker A-Z: U is for Unique

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. U is for Unique Selling Point It is unlikely that your building is the only venue in your area. I remember having a discussion with the warden at Bridport who commented that their small village had a plethora of places

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Quaker A-Z: T is for Threshing

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. T is for Threshing Threshing is a rather arcane word, but its use dates back to the earliest Quaker publications and internal letters. Most people I’ve spoken to have never attended a threshing meeting – and yet a threshing meeting

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Quaker A-Z: S is for Safeguarding

 A&Q 18 How can we make the meeting a community in which each person is accepted and nurtured, and strangers are welcome? Seek to know one another in the things which are eternal, bear the burden of each other’s failings and pray for one another. As we enter with tender sympathy into the joys and sorrows

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Quaker A-Z: R is for Responsibilities

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. R is for Responsibilities Every Relationship has more than one side, as well as more than one set of rights and responsibilities. Local Meetings may be used to reporting that they have at least considered the list of their responsibilities

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Quaker A-Z: Q is for Quantities (and Quality)

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. Q is for Quantities (and Quality) Buying in bulk can save money – whether from a warehouse store as pictured above or elsewhere. As long as you are able to store the resultant quantity and use it up before it

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Quaker A-Z: P is for Paxton Accounts

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. P is for Paxton Paxton Charities Accounting is now Britain Yearly Meeting’s recommended software for Area Meeting consolidation of accounts. I went to the Annual Conference of Treasurers, held at Friends House on June 27th and attended a workshop where

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Quaker A-Z: O is for Openness

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. O is for Openness Qf&P 20.20 For a Quaker, religion is not an external activity, concerning a special ‘holy’ part of the self. It is an openness to the world in the here and now with the whole of the

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Quaker A-Z: N is for nonsensical Notices

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. N is for Nonsensical Notices It is always sensible to ask someone else to read your notice before putting it up. Just to check that it means the same to someone else – as it did in your head. To

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Quaker A-Z: M is for Measuring & Management

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. M is for measuring Increasing productivity or income, decreasing waste and carbon all sound good but how can you tell if the plans you’ve so carefully made are working? Keeping a record of measurements can help you decide if that

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Quaker A-Z: K is for Knowledge & Know-how

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. K is for Knowledge & Know-how “Learning the Knowledge” or the 25000 streets in central London that a taxi driver must be able to recognise to gain their license has been shown to result in a visibly bigger hippocampus. Whilst

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