New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories

Aug 17, 2018
Judy Goldberger (Beacon Hill, MA, Friends Meeting), co-clerk, FWCC Committee

Are you passionate about creating connections and building relationship in your Meeting and between Friends? Seeking to connect seekers and long-time Friends with our diverse Quaker traditions? Yearning to gather in worship?

Then consider joining Friends around the world October 7, 2018, in celebration of the Quaker faith on World Quaker Day (WQD), “Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories,” organized by Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC).

Screen a Video

One simple but profound way to celebrate WQD is to show one of the FWCC-QuakerSpeak collaboration videos during first day school for adults, Young Friends, or children.

  • Top 10 Reasons I am a Quaker
  • How Many Quakers are there in the World
  • Listening in Tongues
  • A Quaker Approach to Sustainability
  • Are You a Quaker?

You could also screen the movie after the rise of meeting. You can find all five videos, along with Religious Education materials that go with each video, by clicking here. Each video is brief but thought-provoking, and each is accompanied by age-appropriate religious education materials! FWCC also offers pamphlets about Quakerism in English and Spanish, and a web page in English and Spanish for those exploring Quakerism.

To invite a member of New England Yearly Meeting’s FWCC Committee to speak about FWCC and Friends worldwide, contact our clerk through our NEYM webpage.

Where in the World Have You Worshiped?

Post a world map on a bulletin board or foam board and hang it in the hallway or foyer of your meeting.  Give each attender a pushpin or thumbtack. Ask Friends to put their pin(s) wherever they have worshipped with Friends anywhere in the world.  If you have a sharpie people can write their names on the tape, and it’s a great conversation starter during hospitality! It’s great to share stories of how Quakers worship in different parts of the US and around the world. You may wish to download and use FWCC’s updated map “Finding Quakers Around the World.”

Try a Different Style of Worship

Speaking of ways that worship differs among Quakers, consider a foray into a new style for your meeting. If your church/meeting usually has programmed worship and is led by a pastor, try a semi programmed time of worship with 30 minutes of silent waiting. If you normally only have unprogrammed/silent worship, try having some readings, a song or spoken prayer before or after a time of open waiting. It may help to have a printed description available for people about what the different types are and how they function.

Extend the Invitation

"World Quaker Day this Sunday, Come worship with us!"  A welcoming sign or banner (PDF here) hanging outside of your meeting will help to advertise the day. Your meeting should also have materials on hand to hand out to newcomers visiting for the first time with greeters identified and available to talk following worship. A flyer (PDF here) or smaller postcard is easy to print on an office printer.

Connect with Friends

Questions? Suggestions? Reach out to NEYM’s FWCC Committee. However you celebrate World Quaker Day as a worshiping community, share it with others through FWCC. It can be very simple — a description, a poem, a short video from a mobile phone, a few photos. E-mail items to [email protected], Post them to the FWCC World Office Facebook page, and tag FWCC if you post on social media – #WQD #WQD18 #FWCC18 #FWCCAmericas

As the sun rises in each area of the world, we remember that Quakers are worshiping through every time zone, celebrating our deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions. We are united in love and accompany each other on this special day that draws us together. As we worship, we hold each other in prayer and thanksgiving, and let our hymns of praise resound across the world.

[Editor's Note: Kathleen Wooten, NEYM Social Media Manager, is creating some graphic posts for New England meetings. You may find them posted on the NEYM Facebook page.]

 

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