November Area Meeting@Nether Edge - full house!

Our full-day November Area Meeting was hosted by Nether Edge Quakers and held at St Andrew’s Church Psalter Lane on Saturday November 28th.

This was a gathering for all ages with input and activities around the theme of ‘Inter Faith’.
Rev. Gareth Jones, was our guest speaker. Gareth is Co-chair of the Methodist/URC Inter Faith Relations Reference Group. He is minister of two churches in Sheffield and Inter-Faith Relations Adviser for the Sheffield Methodist District. We were particularly grateful for the use of the Church as our venue.

The day began with an all-age Meeting for Worship. 17 young people attended the morning activities which included Story Telling and an Animation Workshop, and nearly 50 friends attended the business meeting and talk.

Lunch was a wonderful feast of salads, cheese, soup and cakes and our special thanks go to friends at Nether Edge who organised the food and refreshments.

After lunch friends and families enjoyed all-age activities that included Taize chanting, patterns of Islam, Hindu Icons, an introduction to Mindfulness and on being Quaker and Jewish.

Our closing minutes offered:

Our speaker today, Gareth Jones, Minister at St. Andrew Church explored his subject: The Light is One: living in a world of many faiths. He outlined his long commitment to and work in interfaith relations. He told us of the warm relationships between members of his church and Nether Edge Quakers and of the shared worship which has taken place this year.

He quoted various writing in section 27 of QFP demonstrating Quakers commitment to inclusiveness of other faiths. He asked why we should engage with people of other faiths and suggested four reasons.
These are solidarity and cohesiveness, standing side by side for social justice, understanding and caring for our neighbours and enriching our worship through resources from the other faiths. When we look beneath the unique practices and expression of faith we find a deeper truth.

He left us with two thoughts:
Faiths are not solid blocks; we a need a more fluid approach, and dialogue is not between faiths but between people. We seek to restore humanity through a dialogue of souls.

The talk stimulated many questions and reflections and we thank him for his address and for giving us much to think about and discuss and also for generously allowing us the use of the church premises.

Gareth Jones gives the keynote speach
November Area Meeting@Nether Edge - full house!
November Area Meeting@Nether Edge - full house!
November Area Meeting@Nether Edge - full house!
November Area Meeting@Nether Edge - full house!
November Area Meeting@Nether Edge - full house!
November Area Meeting@Nether Edge - full house!