If you want to find out more about Quaker Faith and Practice, there are a number of routes you might explore.
You are always welcome to attend any of our Meetings for Worship. As well as our regular Sunday Meetings, there several weekday Meetings you could attend.
- Amersham Meeting holds its 'Quaker Taster' on the first Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 13:00, followed by a soup lunch. All Welcome
- Aylesbury Meeting holds an evening meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month, from 19:00 to 19:30.
Being Friends Together
Being Friends Together is a new learning resource from Quaker Life and Woodbrooke. Chilterns Area Quaker Meeting commends this to local meetings. To help them decide how best to use it, and whether they wish to take out a full subscription to make use of all the materials available within it, Meetings are encouraged to look at the website on which this resource is being hosted:
http://together.woodbrooke.org.uk/welcome.php. The website includes contact details for queries about the online resources and the website. It is also possible to request a visit, via the website, from a pair of experienced Friends from different meetings who will come to your meeting and facilitate a session, usually of one day in length, to help you work through the discernment process of deciding how your meeting would most benefit from using this resource.
Quaker Quest aims to help you find out about the Quaker way of life. We have found that people enquiring about us want to experience Quaker worship, hear why being a Quaker matters to us, talk to each other and us about it and get an idea what sort of people we are.
Quaker Quest is usually a series of between three and six evenings, each covering an aspect of the Quaker way. Topics might include:
- Quakers and how we worship
- Why equality has always been at the heart of the Quaker faith
- How Quakers experience God, or whatever is Divine to us
- Why Quakers and peace go hand in hand
- Quaker faith in action
- Faith without dogma: valuing diversity
There is currently no Quaker Quest programme running in the Chilterns Area, but the Quaker Centre at Friends House, Euston, runs a programme on Monday evenings. You are welcome to join in at any part of the cycle or return later to attend any that have been missed.
Friends House (large building opposite Euston Station)
173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
6.30-7.00pm welcome (food available); 7.00-9.00pm meeting.
For further enquiries please phone 020 7263 4061.
Experiment with Light
Experiment with Light is a network grouped around a meditation practice described by the British Friend Rex Ambler, which has been drawn from the writings of Early Friends, especially from those of George Fox and Francis Howgill.
The 'inward Light' is the way in which many Quakers express their openness to the divine within. Each Quaker has a different idea of what they mean by the 'inward Light', but it us usually taken to mean 'that of God' within each person. Opening ourselves to it can give us a direct and personal experience of the divine. Quakers believe that the inward Light is available to everyone. It helps to be still and to actively open ourselves to it.
Rex Ambler discovered that Early Friends used a four step process: 1.mind the light; 2. open your heart to the truth; 3. wait in the light and 4. submit to the truth. This process is described in detail in Light to Live By by Rex Ambler, published by Quaker Books in 2002. Most Local Meeting libraries have a copy.
A Light group is a gathering of people interested in using Experiment with Light to transform their lives. Unlike a normal Quaker Meeting for Worship, which has no formal structure other than a 'gathered silence', a Light Group meeting is lightly structured and generally takes about 2 hours. There is a guided meditation followed by time alone to absorb the experience and then time for sharing what we have been shown.
Chilterns Area Quaker Meeting has at least two active Light Groups. For more information, please contact Keith on (01628) 522353 (for High Wycombe)or Alex on (01494) 876594 (for Jordans).
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