Saturday 7 May — The Sacred in the Everyday
Harvey Gillman, who was Secretary of Quaker Outreach for many years, came to Bridport on Saturday 7 May to lead a workshop for Dorset and South Wiltshire Area Meeting at 11.00 am on The Sacred in the Everyday followed by a talk to enquirers on Quakers Today at 7.30 on the same evening.
Harvey opened the workshop with a short period of silent worship. He explored the theme of The Sacred in the Everyday by quoting from Trystan Owein-Jones - Stone Walls do not a Prison Make, Nietzsche and Teilhard der Chardin: "Nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see. On the contrary everything is sacred."
He delved into our need for the sacred, relating a story of generosity between two brothers whose conclusion revealed how the demonstration of their deep love had been witnessed by God who declared, "This is a holy place-a place of love-and here it is that my temple shall be built." And so it was. The holy place, where God is made known, is the place where human beings discover each other in love. From this allegory he drew upon the role of the sacred in Quaker lives and led the group of thirty friends from Salisbury, Lyme Regis, Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport Meeting to contribute their own understanding of the word sacred.
We broke into small groups of ten and were able to talk more intimately about personal experiences of the sacred in the everyday. After a shared lunch and an opportunity to explore Bridport or sit in the garden we reconvened to share all together what we had discovered.
A period of worship sharing closed the afternoon and Harvey said a Franciscan blessing that ended :
"…may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done. To bring justice and kindness to all people on earth."
The evening session for enquirers called Quakers Today brought 7 enquirers and about 20 Friends to the Meeting House. The lively inspiring talk Harvey gave was recorded and has been made into a DVD and is available. It was followed by a question and answer session where Harvey showed his wide knowledge of Quaker theology and practice.
Report by Margie Barbour
It is with great delight that we welcome Bob Burlington into our community and extend our resounding congratulations to his parents, Sean and Jo. Bob arrived at one minute after midnight on the 2nd October. Together with Sean and Jo, Bob made his first visit to Meeting on Sunday the 18th November. Judging by the subdued gurgles, we think he is already a Quaker.
Quaker Arts and Crafts
An exhibition and sale of arts and crafts from our local membership was held on 1st December 2012 and was hailed as a great success. Great diversity of talent was on show and the event attracted considerable local attention. The event also raised funds for Quaker Homeless Action.