Central England Quakers Events
COP26 Community Fair
11:00 am - 3:00 pm on 25/09/2021 at Cotteridge Quaker Meeting House, 23A Watford Rd, B30 1JB.
Cotteridge Quakers invite you to chat, share ideas and send a message from our community to the Glasgow Climate Summit: Our community fair will be part of West Midlands-wide Big Green Week to demand action on the climate / ecological emergency and a just transition to a sustainable future for all - starting right here in Cotteridge. Programme 11.00 Quaker sustainability work Zero carbon building tour Eco Church Gold Award 11.30 Opening Councillor Fred Grindrod Community fund grants* 11.45 - Stalls, tea, cake and conversations Tending to Cotteridge Sustainable food Food Bank Repairing, Reusing and Recycling Rivers & Canal Trust Interfaith & city work ….. and more 3.00 Close * Cotteridge Quaker Community Fund exists to provide grants for projects and initiatives which improve the environment and social community of Cotteridge.
Loving Earth Family Craft Workshop
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm on 25/09/2021 at Edgbaston Quaker Meeting House, St James Rd, B15 1JP.
Open to all Quaker families & friends in the Central England area to create a textile panel for the Loving Earth project. The 2:00 - 4.30pm afternoon session will be led by Rachael Swancott and Maud Grainger and will be appropriate for children up to 11 years with parent/ accompanied adult. The Loving Earth Project celebrates people, places, creatures, and other things that we love but which are threatened by growing environmental breakdown. Individuals and groups have been invited to explore how the future of something, someone, or somewhere that we love is affected by our own actions, and in response create a textile panel (see examples above). 4:30 - 5:00pm Tea and cakes will be offered for all participants. The event is free, registration is essential: Register for the Family Workshop
The Loving Earth Poetry Project Showcase
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm on 26/09/2021 at The Warehouse, 54-57 Allison Street, B5 5TH.
Poetry created by young people as part of the Loving Earth Poetry workshops led by Matt Sowerby will now be shared and performed as part of an Extinction Rebellion Birmingham (XR Brum) Welcome event. Please note the change of date, time & location(!): Sunday 26th September between 3-5pm, at the Warehouse in Digbeth. The invitation from XR Brum reads: "Feeling inspired by the recent Rebellion In London? Concerned about the climate crisis and not sure what you can do? Come along for a friendly chat with Extinction Rebellion Brum. Learn about what we do, how you can get involved and enjoy some beautiful live poetry, written and performed by the Loving Earth Project. All welcome." Young people (aged 16-25) have been working with poet Matt Sowerby to to express their concerns about the Climate Crisis ahead of COP26, in conversation with the Loving Earth Textiles Project supported by Woodbrooke. COP 26 is a conference bringing 194 countries together to put an action plan in place to address Climate Change. But campaigners and experts are concerned that the plan will be watered down, and won't address Climate Justice, so we need to send a strong message to leaders demanding that they take serious action. A Build Back Better Sustainability & New Economy Grant has been awarded by Quakers in Britain to enable the Loving Earth Textile and Poetry project to offer young people aged 16 - 25 years the opportunity to attend 2 Zoom workshops led by Matt Sowerby Poet/ Activist facilitated by Rachael Swancott Programme Co-ordinator at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. . The workshop sessions will offer young people ways to create their own responses to the upcoming COP 26 conference and Climate Justice. The Loving Earth textile project will be one source of inspiration for the poetry and some textile pieces will be exhibited in the Peace Hub during Great Big Green Week September 18th – 26th 2021
Quaker Mental Health Forum
4:00 pm on 09/10/2021 at The Priory Rooms, 40 Bull Street, B4 6AF.
Quakers in Central England are invited to join this national Quaker Mental Health Forum taking place within our area: Speakers and workshops on the themes of Anchors, Storms and Harbours. We will share together in worship, hear prepared ministry from speakers, have space to discuss and join in reflective workshops. The event will be Covid secure. We hope it will be possible for some Friends to share part of the day via Zoom. You will need to bring your lunch: drinks will be provided. Please let us know if you have any additional needs. There is no charge. To book, contact Alison Mitchell on firstname.lastname@example.org Supported by the Quaker Mental Health Fund Download a flyer for this event.
Area Meeting October 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm on 16/10/2021 at Online and at Stourbridge Quaker Meeting House, Scotts Road, DY8 1UR.
October Area Meeting will be a blended meeting with the option to join in-person or via Zoom. Friends coming in person will have to let Stourbridge know by 13 October and lunch will be provided beforehand. Details will be sent to Local Meeting correspondents.
Carrs Lane Lectures in Radical Christian Faith
8:00 pm on 19/10/2021 at , , .
Quakers are invited to join this ecumenical Zoom event, bringing together two leading and younger voices for progressive Christianity in the USA and Australia. Deshna Shine is the former Executive Director of ProgressiveChristianity.org & Progressing Spirit where she worked from 2006 -2020. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Chaplain, a Certified Healing Ritual Facilitator, a Certified Yoga Instructor, a published author and International speaker. She is a Lead Author, Project Director, and Editor on the Children’s Curriculum: A Joyful Path, Spiritual Curriculum. Jeremy Greaves is Assistant Bishop of Brisbane in the Anglican Church of Australia. Jeremy has described himself as a progressive Christian who "lives on the edge of the church". A friend of the progressive Christian movements in Australia and New Zealand, Jeremy was on the planning committee which welcomed delegates to the international Common Dreams Conference in 2016. For this online event we have the opportunity to learn about the possibilities and challenges for progressive Christianity, not only in America and Australia but also what is common to us here in Europe. And how does the culture of richer nations, with a widely diverse population, contrast to countries in the southern half of the globe? Are there common barriers and issues to progressive thinking in all our countries? And can the voices and thinking of younger leaders like Deshna and Jeremy give us hope for the future? Book online In association with Progressive Christianity UK and the Marcus Borg Memorial Conference.