After an early start I caught the train to London Euston and crossed the road to join Quakers for the corporate Meeting for Worship for business. Not quite in time to join the start of the meeting due to waiting at registration, as it is my first and only day this visit. The train was packed with children and adults on a trip so whilst I’m sitting in a peaceful place, I’m taking the time to start this blog.
The first session was looking at Living our Faith in the world and ‘gifts from Spirit’
What does it mean? Many examples were shared of others acting on a Spirit-given gift and personally we wondered how is one acting on one’s gifts. Someone mentioned that qualities of Love, kindness and goodness are gifts of the being.
I listened later on in a workshop about how conflict resolution in a non-violent way is being used in Rwanda from the Turning the Tide programme with trainers from Kenya. Galtung’s triangle is a good way of looking deeper at what is underneath the causes of violence and helping people to get a bigger picture. The Swarthmore Lecture was also on the same subject of healing after the most terrible genocide the region has suffered by Esther who had collaborated with Cecile and I had to leave shortly after the start to catch a train so was able to connect with the Woodbrooke livestream for a while until I lost it. It was unfortunate that Cecile was unable to get to the UK due to the loss of her passport!
I was tired on the train but happy that I had been able to share in one day of the four day gathering!