In een open brief d.d. 30 november doet de Raad van Kerken een appel op premier Rutte en de ministers Bruins Slot, Ollongren en Schreinemacher om zich in te zetten voor Palestijnse christenen en voor het behoud van de humaniteit in Israël en de Palestijnse gebieden. Ook roept de Raad op tot een staakt-het-vuren.
De Haagse Maandvergadering heeft Extinction Rebellion al meerdere jaren gesteund door ons pand aan hun kosteloos te laten gebruiken voor hun vergaderingen in Den Haag. Sommige van onze leden zijn ook verder betrokken bij hun en doen mee met hun acties. De uitgangspunten van XR van zorg voor onze planeet gecombineerd met direct, geweldloze actie komen direct overeen met onze Quaker getuigenissen.
Ook in Delft is XR bezig, en heeft een maandelijkse actie op de Markt in Delft. Tijdens de luchtalarm (1e maandag van de maand om 12 uur) gaan demonstranten op de grond liggen. Dit is een “non-arrestable” actie aangezien verkeer nog steeds om ons heen kan rijden.
Ik ging voor het eerst naar deze actie afgelopen maandag. Ik was zeer blij om daar ook Herman te treffen, en dacht hoe bijzonder het was dat van de ongeveer dertig demonstranten er twee uit de HMV kwamen.
Epistle of Netherlands Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, meeting from May 12 -14 2023 Dear Friends Worldwide We met again in the Natuurvriendenhuis “de Bosbeek” in Bennekom with 54 Friends, including a number of children and guests from other Yearly Meetings (Belgium and Luxembourg Yearly Meeting, Ireland Yearly Meeting and German Yearly Meeting). It was the first time in four years that we were able to meet, now that the threat of corona is over. It was nice to be able to sit again at the table with one another and share soup and sandwiches with chocolate sprinkles. What a wonderful privilege it was to be together in this wooded place with budding trees and bird sounds. On our walks we enjoyed the warmth of the sun and the sparkling sunlight and shadows on the leaves of the trees. Our theme was “Ubuntu and Sustainability”, as a preparation for the theme of the World Conference 2024 in South Africa. During the Meeting for Worship for Business, we reflected upon our finances and the question of whether we need professional assistance to make our tasks easier. We want to develop a vision in the near future about what to do with our real estate. We have also reflected on how to simplify our organizational structure and we hope to take steps towards this in the near future. We feel inspired by the experiences of Friends in Switzerland and Belgium. We watched a dialogue between Lynn Finnegan (Ireland YM) and Kees Nieuwerth. The topic was: How do we relate to the threats of climate change and their impact on creation. Lynn quoted Rumi: “There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth”. This means that every person can contribute using their own talents. Lynn did research on hope and despair within the environmental movement. Her last question to Kees was where he gets his strength from and what he is grateful for. That is a question for all of us. After this conversation Mieke van Opheusden presented her experiences with actions for the preservation of creation. She emphasized the great importance of resistance. She participated in an act of protest to stop a coal train by sitting on the rails, for which she was arrested. She also told us about the actions at the brown coal mine in Lützerath, Germany. It is like Mother Earth has been cut up with a big knife there. Mieke shared her fear, anger and grief with us about how we as humanity are destroying God’s creation. Grieving is an important process; if we don’t grieve we become passive and depressive. This kind of mourning is too much for one person to bear, it needs a community. She ended by naming her sources of strength, such as gratitude for what we still have, being in nature and celebrating life. She invited us to be still and ask ourselves, “What is required of me?” The children really enjoyed being and playing in the woods. On Sunday, they practiced to making fire without the use of matches and cooking soup on that fire made from plants found in the forest. The activity was organized by Wietske, who was specially invited to work with the children and offer them this experience. We closed the weekend with our Meeting for Worship, which could also be attended digitally. A song that inspired us and which we sang together was: I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I ‘ve got peace like a river in my soul (2x) I’ve got strength like a mountain, I’ve got strength like a mountain, I’ve got strength like a mountain in my soul (2x) I’ve got love like a fountain, I’ve got love like a fountain, I’ve got love like a fountain in my soul (2x) In Friendship Peter Spreij Netherlands Yearly Meeting, Clerk.
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