Words from Quaker Faith & Practice
“If pressure is brought upon you to lower your standard of integrity, are you prepared to resist it? Our responsibilities to God and our neighbour may involve us in taking unpopular stands. Do not let the desire to be sociable, or the fear of seeming peculiar, determine your decisions.”
one of this year’s Swarthmore Lecturers at Quakers in Britain Yearly Meeting, will speak at Redland Meeting House on Sunday 5 June 2016, at 2 pm on PEACE BUILDING IN EAST AFRICA
The 2016 Swarthmore Lecture will be given by Esther Mombo from Kenya and Cécile Nyiramana from Rwanda. The lecture will focus on the peace building work of East African Quakers. It will provide Quakers and others involved in peace work the chance to hear about how this inspirational effort within local communities has transformed suffering into a force for social change. These examples from Africa can inspire Friends in Britain and refresh our commitment to practical peace-building.
In a short speaking tour after the Swarthmore Lecture, Esther and Cécile will speak at a few meetings, and we are glad that Esther will be able to come to Bristol.
Esther Mombo is a member of Bware Yearly Meeting, Kenya, and Professor of African Church History, Gender and Theology at St. Paul’s University in Limuru Kenya. Esther’s PhD (from Edinburgh University) focused on the Development of Quakerism in Kenya with special reference to the role of women. Her research and teaching interests span the fields of Church history, with a focus on mission history, interfaith relations, and theology and gender studies with a focus on African women’s theology, HIV and AIDS.
All are welcome to the talk, and to join us for Meeting for Worship (11.00-12.00) beforehand if you wish. Bring your lunch. We will serve drinks before the talk and there will be time to eat before it starts.
Dates for Bristol Area Quaker Meetings in 2016
The schedule for Area Meetings is as follows:
Saturday 18 June Summer Gathering at Kingswood Heritage Museum
Sunday 17 July 2.00pm at Bedminster
Saturday 17 September All day at Redland from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Wednesday 19 October 7.00pm at Horfield
Sunday 20 November 2.00pm at Bedminster
(Last update: June 16, 2016)