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Informal groups within Blackheath Quaker Meeting

Several informal groups meet in the homes of members of the Meeting. Full details are not given here, but can be obtained by attending Sunday Meeting for Worship. 
 

Exploring Spiritual Paths

The group meets every other Thursday evening to explore, expand and deepen their individual spiritual journeys. The meeting starts with writing on questions around a theme in preparation for sharing thoughts on it. Themes have included

  • Christianity and the Quaker journey?
  • Quaker tolerance: how far?
  • Upholding the Quaker Peace Testimony.
  • Simplicity in a complex consumer society.
  • Spiritual perspectives on living and dying.
  • The spiritual paths of other faiths.
  • Events/people that have significantly shifted your spiritual journey.
     

Book group

The Book Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m., at intervals of about six weeks. This allows members enough time to obtain and read the book agreed for the next meeting.

Our practice is to read a wide range of books, from occasional non-fiction to poetry and fiction, contemporary/classical, and to consider their interest, pleasures and ultimate value for us as individual Friends. As members of the Quaker community, we tend to choose books that offer more than fleeting entertainment, and they may have a specific Quaker relevance.

The evening begins with a moment's silence, and then the proposer very briefly introduces the book, and discussion follows.

Recent choices have included

  • The Lives of Animals by C.J. Coetzee
  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
  • Adam Bede by George Eliot
  • The Music Room by William Fiennes
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Camberwell Beauty and other Stories by V.S. Pritchett

and we have had several evenings of poetry reading.
 

Healing Group

The group meets on the first Friday of the month at 7.30 p.m. for about an hour. Our sessions take the form of a collective meditation in which we send out healing thoughts to those suffering from illness or difficult life situations. This includes both named individuals and groups of people in general. It may also include animals and situations, e.g. conflicts, natural disasters, etc.

We do not pray for particular outcomes but simply ‘tune into’ the Holy Spirit so that we may be channels of Its healing power.

The group is affiliated to the Friends Fellowship of Healing, a national Quaker charity dedicated to the promotion of the healing ministry.
 

Eco group

Greenwich and Blackheath eco group was initially started by a group of Friends from Blackheath meeting, who were concerned about current life styles and the threats of global warming. It is a community group which focuses on practical ways to help local people reduce their impact on the environment and live more sustainably – we believe that small beginnings by each of us can make a big difference collectively.

We try to find ways to branch out into the wider community and link up with other community groups, and one of our projects has taken us in to a number of different schools, talking about the destructive effects of plastic in the marine environment.

The group meets every six weeks to share ideas, plan new projects and discuss progress on existing projects. For more information please visit www.greenheath.org.uk or email us at info&$greenheath.org.uk.
 

Living Witness Project (www.livingwitness.org.uk)

Blackheath Quaker Meeting is part of the Living Witness Project, a network of Quaker meetings exploring environmental witness which wants to spread sustainability awareness to the wider community in Britain and elsewhere. The experience of other LWP Meetings has been compiled into a summary of Quaker witness and testimony about the environmental crisis and climate change, using also material from Quaker Faith and Practice as well as Quaker witness from the USA. The summary can be downloaded as a PDF file (621 KB), and contains a contact email address so that it can be periodically updated with further submissions.

 

E-mail addresses

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