Words from Quaker Faith & Practice:

“We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures, and seek to maintain the beauty and variety of the world. Work to ensure that our increasing power over nature is used responsibly, with reverence for life. Rejoice in the splendour of God’s continuing creation.”




 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



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.

For more information contact: Ian Beeson, Clerk to Redland Quaker Meeting.  Contact at ian.beeson@cooptel.net



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: May 23, 2016)