NFN Quaker meeting and Creative Conversation 7 October 2021

Dear Friends,

Thank you for registering for our Quaker Meeting and Creative Conversation, organized by the NFN, UK.
Howard Grace will share his presentation, The heart of our shared humanity, on Thursday 7 October at 7PM UK time by Zoom.
Please arrive early, as the Meeting will start promptly at 7PM.  The Zoom Room opens at 6:45PM.

If you have not already registered, email clerk@nontheist-quakers.org.uk to do so.

Format:
• Zoom Room opens at 6:45PM, please arrive early.
• 7PM: Welcome and Quaker Meeting: approximately 20 minutes for quietly gathering ourselves and connecting.
• Creative Conversation: up to 20 minutes for presentation or raising a question.
• Open Discussion: up to 40 minutes, in the Main Zoom room, for creative exchanges, expressions, and reactions.
• Conclusion: ending with a few moments gathered in silence.
• Optional Friendly chat: up to 20 minutes for socializing for interested Friends in small group breakout rooms
• Duration:1hr:45m – 2hr

You will automatically receive Zoom links to subsequent Meetings, approximately one week before each Meeting. There is no need to re-register. We ask that you please do not share the Zoom link with interested Friends, but encourage them to email the Clerk (clerk@nontheist-quakers.org.uk) to register. You may unregister/unsubscribe at any time by replying to this email address.
See you soon. 
In Friendship,
The QM+CC Working group (Gisela Creed, John Senior, William Purser, and Kiera Faber)
Nontheist Friends Network

6 thoughts on “NFN Quaker meeting and Creative Conversation 7 October 2021”

  1. I thought I was registered for this event but have been trying for about 20 minutes to find the zoom link, probably all my fault sorry not to have been able to be part of things

    Richard Ashwell

    On Wed, 6 Oct 2021 at 22:08, Non-theist Friends Network wrote:

    > Trevor posted: “Dear Friends, Thank you for registering for our Quaker > Meeting and Creative Conversation, organized by the NFN, UK. Howard > Grace will share his presentation, The heart of our shared humanity, on > Thursday 7 October at 7PM UK time by Zoom. Please arr” >

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    1. Sorry about that Richard. The link was sent out on 30 September and again very early yesterday so if you didn’t find that it would suggest that you are not in fact registered.
      Please email clerk@nontheist-quakers.org.uk to register and receive the links for future meetings (next on 4 November but I suggest you do it now) and you should hear back in a few days.

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  2. Dear Friend

    I enjoyed my first meeting of the NFN yesterday, and hope very much that you will be circulating the wonderful Common Humanity contribution from our South African Friend. I would like to use it for Harrogate QM’s Epilogue on Sunday 17 October.

    In Friendship

    Lee O’Neal

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    1. Glad you enjoyed that Lee and look forward to seeing you at future events.
      Letlapa Mphahlele was the South African commander of the military wing of the Pan Africanist Congress during apartheid South Africa who spoke last night and whose quote is in the article.
      Howard Grace is from Newbury (Berkshire) and now attends Newbury Quaker meeting.
      His article from which he drew his talk was published in the ‘Friend’ on 17th September and a version will eventually be on our website. In the meantime, it can be accessed on the midthamesquakers website here:
      https://midthamesquakers.org.uk/across-purposes/

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  3. I enjoyed Howard’s thoughtful presentation and the discussion on ways in which humanity does (or does not ) unify us. When I am asked by an enquirer, as I sometimes am, whether they are suitable to be a Quaker I always reply ‘once you acknowledge the potential for evil that is in us all, but elect to search for and nurture the potential for good that is in us all, then you are ready to be a Quaker’. It seems to me that it is that election that is the unifying factor rather than any innate goodness and think that is consistent with the inner conflicts that Letlapa described so fulsomely. It is tragic, of course, that there are many who have not chosen that way but that shouldn’t deter those who have. The quest for goodness in the world is a journey, not a destination.

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