Quaker insights in the context of ecological crisis

Convincement: guilty but forgiven

13/11/2019, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

at Bournville Quaker Meeting House, Bournville Birmingham

A study group held at Bournville Friends Meeting House on the second Wednesday morning of each month from 10.30 – 11.30 from October 2019 to June 2020.

The meetings will begin with around 20 minutes of Quaker worship, and then a further 40 minutes exploring how the ecological insight for the day can help us in our daily lives.

Tea and coffee from 10.15 and again afterwards.

Based on a nine-part framework devised by Stuart Masters, Senior Programme Leader for on-site learning at Woodbrooke.

All the sessions can be downloaded here.

This month – Convincement: guilty but forgiven

Be honest with yourself. What unpalatable truths might you be evading? When you recognise your shortcomings, do not let that discourage you. In worship together we can find the assurance of God’s love and the strength to go on with renewed courage.  (Advices & Queries 11)

The process of convincement is an experience of being convicted of our darkness and sin and being consoled by divine love and forgiveness(1). We are convicted of our bondage to the false spirit of greed, selfishness, cruelty, violence and destructiveness that wreaks havoc in the world. At the same time, we are consoled by our awareness of the unbounded love and forgiveness of God. We know that, although we are all limited and flawed creatures, implicated in the destruction and suffering of the creation, at the same time, every one of us is a precious and beloved children of God.

Ecological Reflection

We are born into a world that is structured in a way that makes it far easier for us to go along with what is destructive and unjust than to do to what is right and just. This doesn’t make us evil in ourselves but it does suggest that we are implicated, whether we like it or not, in systems and practices that oppress other people, cause suffering to animals and destroy the very eco-systems that support life itself. Our tradition indicates that, if we face up to this reality, and accept our complicity, the healing power of the Spirit will comfort us, and its Light will guide us towards another, more harmonious way.

Query

Are you able to face up to both the reality of your darkness and the fact that you are forgiven as a beloved child of God?  Are you willing to accept that you are caught between these two dimensions of your existence?

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Bournville Quaker Meeting House
65 Linden Rd Bournville Birmingham B30 1JT

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