Two different kinds of workshops will be on offer at Friends House today.
The Quaker Centre will exceptionally be open this Saturday from 8am to 4pm, so you can explore the Out of Excuses Loving Earth exhibition , reflect in the worship space, meet friends in the lovely Seed Café for coffee or lunch, do a spot of Christmas shopping and/or attend one or both of the workshops on offer .
Here will also be a short Meeting for Worship in the Worship Space at the Quaker Centre from 11.30 to noon, followed by an opportunity to share reflections.
Both workshops are free (donations invited0 but spaces are limited so please book your place in good time
A Climate Fresk workshop at 10 am till 1pm will be hosted by London Quakers. Learn about the science of science of climate change in this interactive workshop . Over one million people have discovered this a great way to build confidence in their own understanding of the science and to fill gaps, and help work out how they can make a difference.
More information and bookings are via this Eventbrite link. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes early for a 10 am start.
In the afternoon, an Active Hope workshop, based on the work pf Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, will take place in the Quaker Centre (meet in the Worship Space). The workshop will be facilitated by by Alison Maitland . Starting promptly 2pm till 3.30pm . Free Book here to reserve your place.
Both events free and open to all (as long as you have booked). Expect interesting conversations, some emotion, and a greater understanding of the problems and what we can do. You will come away empowered and inspired for the future.
Suitable for people aged 15 or over; young people under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
As Rachel says: ‘Many people find that they experience spiritual connection more readily when outdoors, and indeed the Bible is full of imagery drawn from the natural world. Creation is well able to speak to us of the creator, and we can take each encounter as our own personal parable, listening to what God wishes to share with us through it.’
Part of the Spirit of Creation series at St John’s
We are increasingly disconnected from the earth and from one another, and we are impoverished as a result.
We are seeing nature despoiled by the same forces that violate and oppress the human spirit. Why is it more compelling to imagine planetary collapse than the end of injustice? How can we change the story? How can we make the connections so urgently needed so that we can work together to create a place where all can flourish?
Come and go as you like. In the candlelit crypt you can meditate — or just breathe — as you choose. There’ll be resources for those who wish to use them, and chairs and bean bags . If you prefer to lie down you may want to bring a yoga mat.
The crypt will be open from 5.45 playing quiet music for those who wish to enter the peaceful space sooner and prepare for the silence which will begin at 6pm.
100 panels from Loving Earth Project are currently on displaying the Old Crypt at St John’s and this will be an opportunity to reflect more deeply with them.
Reserve your place here
A large exhibition of Loving Earth textile art panels will be on show at Applecart Arts Centre along with associated events.
this new arts centre in the London Borough of Newham is in the lovely ( and lively) Passmore Edwards building, a former public library.
The Exhibition will be open in line with Applecart’s cafe opening times from Thursday 2nd November 2023 to Thursday 7th December 2023.
The Exhibition will be closed on the following dates due to private functions:
7th November 2023, 9am – 13:00pm
11th November 2023, 13:00pm – 17:30pm
17th – 20th November 2023, All Day.
Exhibition Preview, Thursday 2nd November, 19:00pm – 21:00pm
Climate Fresk Workshop, Saturday 11th November, 14:00pm – 17:00pm
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
This event is part of the Exploring Spirit Season at St John’s.
Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist and writer, with a keen interest in ancient philosophy, as well as the illumination of inner life. His writing covers subjects from friendship and beliefs, to wellbeing and living in the modern world. He’s currently working on a book about local artist William Blake and his talk will look at Blake’s understanding of spirit, mysticism and the natural world.