Advice and tips on how to run your building, and use all resources sustainably.
I’m a firm believer in planning and starting out new projects or years with the end in mind. At this time of year, people are usually thinking more about last December than next. Finishing off the previous year’s accounts and reports – and yet, realising what was stressful and ensuring that you don’t repeat any
Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness. Qf&p Advices & Queries 28 Like many people, today’s #AdventWord feels appropriate. I finished
Today’s #AdventWord water has such symbolism and power. Over 70% of earth’s surface is covered in water, and all living organisms need water to live. Water can be seen both positively or negatively: washing clean or depositing detritus as it slows; creating landscapes or weathering/destroying as it moves; supporting you as you float or dragging
Today’s #AdventWord comes on a Sabbath – a time of rest. Although as I opened up for Meeting for Worship, set up the chairs, took in the coffee and milk for the refreshments, did the washing up and am writing this post now… I’ve not managed to keep the day as purely for rest and
These are two words with complementary meanings. Sustainability In general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes the four interconnected domains: ecology, economics, politics and culture. At BYM Canterbury in 2009 Quakers made a corporate decision to become a sustainable low-carbon community. Receiving
This is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. L is for Learning and Lights Learning and Light are things Quakers talk about regularly, although perhaps not always in relation to premises. How do you involve other members of the meeting in learning about the meeting house as a building?
This is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project click here for more information. G is for Gardens Many Meeting Houses have gardens or burial grounds or both… During the Woodbrooke “AM Properties: Spiritual & Strategic Resources” course I attended last year several Trustees brought up burial grounds as a problem. ‘Tis a complicated subject with
This is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project click here for more information. F is for Fair Trade & First Aid Fair Trade Churches Fair Trade Fortnight was 24 February – 9 March 2014 this year – did you do anything? A Meeting House can become a Fair Trade Church – a small but significant step
C is for Choices and Changes (+ Cleaning) This is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project click here for more information. Perhaps not a very interesting title but have you ever thought of the Meetings Choices, Changes and Cleaning as a form of Outreach? Why Have a Meeting House? Wherever a few are gathered, in
Six Weeks Meeting are the representative Trustee body for the 40 Meeting Houses in London. Last March they wrote a minute about how they would be tackling the 2011 Britain Yearly Meeting corporate decision to become a low carbon community – often called “Minute 36: Our Canterbury commitment” SWM13/23 Six Weeks Meeting Statement on a
This could be taken two ways – how do we ensure that the Meeting House is affordable for both the local community and the worshipping community that uses it. Not only financially, but also with reference back to an earlier post: Beacon or Burden. Hopefully, all Quaker Meetings are a spirit-led, all-age faith community trying