Continuing last month’s sustainability theme of PLASTICS, we offer you as reminders the seven actions suggested by the August edition of Which? magazine:
August 1st is Earth Overshoot Day, moved forward by two days, the point at which this year’s consumption already exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate, according to Global Footprint Network, an international research organisation that makes an annual assessment of how far humankind is falling into ecological debt.
If you can offer an hour or two, please sign the list after MfW or speak to Catharine or any member of our Climate and Social Justice group (formerly New Economy).
'Saving Jesus' —Quakers assert that we are rooted in Christianity but open to new Light. But what is our perception of Christianity today? Progressive Christianity claims to be an open, intelligent, and collaborative approach to Christian tradition and the life and teachings of Jesus, creating a pathway into an authentic and relevant religious experience. Could this be an opportunity to re-examine our Christian roots?
Michael Langford will lead the morning, after which lunch will be provided and donations invited towards its cost. This quiet morning occurs every month on the second Friday.
Beryl Dennis and Dorothy Ball welcome anyone who can join them for the weekend as some families are unable to take part this year. Beryl or Dorothy will tell you more.
Donations to our Library
We introduce two recent collections of short stories by award-winning authors responding to our climate crisis. I’m with the Bears, short stories from a damaged planet is introduced by Bill McGibben, who spoke at a QPSW conference in 2015 on our need for writers to conjure up a sense of how life might be in a world past fossil fuels. This is fiction which brings the incomprehensible within our grasp, shaping an emotional response that can carry us beyond paralysing fear to the hope that leads us to act.
Similarly, in Beacons, stories for our not so distant future, each entry depicts a world made strangely unfamiliar by climate change —stories to thrill and warn and inspire us.
Still on the sustainability theme, we have a work of non-fiction Green is not a Colour, environmental issues every generation ought to know by Devan Valentini and Simon Atlas. Illustrated by full-page photographs, this tackles major questions of our day in an eminently informative and readable way.
Finally, we recommend Becoming Friends, living and learning with Quakers, a helpful Woodbrooke resource for more recent arrivals amongst us who wish to learn more of Quakerism or indeed for any of us looking for ways of deepening our spirituality and embodying it in our witness.
WHERE WE MEET
Peterborough Quaker Meeting House
21 Thorpe Road
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MEETING FOR WORSHIP:
Sunday 10.30–11.30 am
Wednesday 7–7.45 pm
Children’s meeting is held
on the second Sunday of
For details of study groups, meditation, social events and other activities see 'Calendar' and 'Events in 2018'