Meeting of Friends in Wales – next meetings:
24th October 2020
“Symud Ymlaen / Moving Forward”
Fe’ch gwahoddir yn gynnes i ymuno â ni ar gyfer cyfarfod ar-lein nesaf Cyfarfod y Cyfeillion yng Nghymru 24 Hydref o 9.30yb tan 1yp. Y brif eitem ar yr agenda yw ystyried symleiddio ein strwythurau yng Nghymru a Gororau’r De. Bydd Jonathan Carmichael o Friends House a Lesley Richards o Gwrdd Church Stretton yn ein harwain drwy’r trafodaethau.
You are warmly invited to join us for our next Meeting of Friends in Wales online meeting on October 24th from 9.30 am until 1pm. The main item on the agenda is to consider the simplification of our structures in Wales and the Southern Marches. Jonathan Carmichael from Friends House and Lesley Richards from Church Stretton Meeting will lead us through the discussions.
|STOP PRESS – SYMUD YMLAEN / MOVING FORWARD REPORT RELEASED
Read all about it on Quaker websites across Wales and the Marches including the MFW website and talk all about it at your Area Meeting and the Meeting of Friends in Wales in session on October 24th.
In October 2019 the four constituent Area Meetings of MFW appointed a group to research ways of simplifying the Quaker structures in Wales and the Marches. Each AM & MFW appointed a member and a trustee and Lesley Richards from Worcester & Shropshire AM was appointed to convene and clerk their meetings.
The Group’s report is now available and every member of the four AMs will have received a summary, and the full report and its appendices are available on various websites
Each AM will discuss the report in early September and communicate with each other and MFW by minute. The Report will form the main item of business at MFW’s meeting on 24th October.
All Friends are encouraged to read at least the summary of the report and engage with the discernment of how to move forward. The proposal should enable Quakers in Wales and the Marches to release time and energy and the enthusiasm for the tasks of the spirit.
|O’R WASG – ADRODDIAD SYMUD YMLAEN YN CAEL EI RYDDHAU
Darllenwch amdano ar wefannau’r Crynwyr ar draws Cymru a’r Gororau gan gynnwys gwefan Cyfarfod y Cyfeillion yng Nghymru (CCNg) a siarad amdano yn eich Cyfarfod Ardal (CA) a CCNg sy’n ymgynnull 24 Hydref..
Ym mis Hydref 2019 penodwyd grŵp gan bedwar Cyfarfod Ardal CCNg i ymchwilio i ffyrdd o symleiddio strwythurau’r Crynwyr yng Nghymru a’r Gororau. Bu CCNg a phob CA yn penodi aelod ac ymddiriedolwr a phenodwyd Lesley Richards o CA Caerwrangon a Swydd Amwythig i gynnull a chlercio eu cyfarfodydd.
Mae adroddiad y Grŵp bellach ar gael a bydd pob aelod o’r pedwar CA wedi derbyn crynodeb. Mae’r adroddiad llawn a’i atodiadau ar gael ar wahanol wefannau. .
Bydd pob CA yn trafod yr adroddiad ar ddechrau mis Medi gan gyfathrebu â’i gilydd ac CCNg drwy gofnodion. Bydd yr Adroddiad yn ffurfio’r brif eitem yng nghyfarfod CCNg 24 Hydref.
Anogir yr holl Gyfeillion i ddarllen o leiaf y crynodeb o’r adroddiad ac ymgysylltu â’r ddirnadaeth o ran sut i symud ymlaen. Dylai’r cynnig alluogi Crynwyr yng Nghymru a’r Gororau i ryddhau amser ac egni a’r brwdfrydedd i dasgau’r ysbryd.
Gobeithiwn y byddwch yn gallu ymuno â ni ar gyfer y cyfarfod pwysig yma a allai fod yn fan cychwyn i gyfnod newydd i Grynwyr yng Nghymru a Gororau’r De. Anfonir cyfarwyddiadau i ymuno â’r cyfarfod Zoom yma yn nes at yr amser.
We hope you are able to join us for this important meeting, which may well turn out to be the start of a new phase for Quakers in Wales and the Southern Marches. Joining instructions for this Zoom meeting will be sent nearer the time.
If you are new to Quakers and would be interested in attending a meeting please see our list of local meetings which meet, most commonly, on Sunday mornings.
The latest Agenda and reports will be available here 7 to 10 days before the meeting.
Recent supporting reports from our last meeting (see also previous minutes):
Cofnodion 2020.01 Chwefror
Attached reports associated with minutes for February 2020:
Break-out groups – notes or summaries from the Role sessions:
From earlier in the year….
The Symud Ymlaen / Moving Forward Group was set up in October 2019 by the four constituent Area Meetings of Meeting of Friends in Wales (MFW) to look at ways that Quaker structures could be simplified. The objectives of the group were described as:-
To consider what changes might be made to enable us to work better together in Wales, to promote relationships between Friends and to free up time and energy for spiritual life, outreach and witness in the world.
To explore possible options for more effective working and cooperation. These could include sharing responsibilities of Trusteeship such as property management, and policies for legal responsibilities.
Planning is in it’s final stages with the commissioning of our new website.
Consultation has been an ongoing process. Your comments are welcome.
Our previous meeting of Meeting of Friends in Wales was:
27th June 2020 – our first Zoom meeting – virtual conferencing.
There is an urgent need to rebuild the economy, but also to address climate change, inequality and prejudice in our society, as expressed through campaigns including Black Lives Matter.
Mae angen brys i ailadeiladu’r economi, ond hefyd mynd i’r afael â newid yn yr hinsawdd, anghydraddoldeb a rhagfarn yn ein cymdeithas fel a fynegir drwy ymgyrchoedd sy’n cynnwys Mae Bywydau Duon o Bwys.
Quakers are well placed to call for and be involved in a movement for change. We have a shared history and culture of working for justice, peace, truth and equality based on our spiritual belief that there is that of God in all people. However, we need to clearly identify and express what we wish to see.
Mae Crynwyr mewn sefyllfa dda i alw am fudiad er newid a bod yn weithgar ynddo. Rydym yn rhannu hanes a diwylliant o ran gweithio i sicrhau cyfiawnder, heddwch, gwirionedd a thegwch wedi’u seilio ar ein cred ysbrydol bod rhan o Dduw ym mhob un ohonom. Fodd bynnag, mae angen i ni adnabod a mynegi’n glir beth rydym am ei weld.
Rydym yn argyhoeddiedig mai dyma’r amser i godi ein lleisiau a bod yn radicalaidd, gan nodi set glir o flaenoriaethau a chynigion ar gyfer y ffordd ymlaen.
Lampeter, 22nd February 2020
Friends in Wales considered those matters that we feel are vital to our lives as Quakers. Peter Hussey, from the Wales Focus Group, led a workshop to help us take this forward.
The “Cultural Differences” paper drew our attention to the different nature of Wales. The Welsh Government has accented the difference by the legislation it has already passed, but not all inhabitants of Wales understand the achievements and potential of the devolved nation. Peter discussed those matters that the Area Meetings have indicated are vital to Welsh Friends and introduces a system for sharing on-going developments. Does our Testimony to the World fit comfortably with these progressive developments, can we, a small group, affect the way our nation develops?
Friends with specific roles had the opportunity to meet in groups to share their experiences, and learn from one another. This time it was Nominations, Children and Young People’s work, Trustees and Treasurers. We invite Friends to help us discern ways in which we can work better together, share good practice, and simplify our structures so that role-holders are well supported and not over-burdened.
at NEWTOWN on 26th October 2019
we were…… Exploring future developments with Paul Parker, our recording clerk:
How can we make our Quaker meetings simpler? Britain Yearly Meeting is changing how it supports Quaker meetings, and moving, together with Woodbrooke, to a meeting-centred, more responsive approach. Paul Parker, Recording Clerk of BYM, joined us to explore how this could work in Wales, to answer our questions, and hear what we think is needed.
PLEASE SEE the supporting reports and minutes etc.,
Quakers in Wales – Area Meeting & MFW Calendar 2020
Meeting of Friends in Wales:
Meeting dates for this year are on the following Saturdays:
22nd February 2020
LLANBEDR PONT STEFFAN / LAMPETER
– Focus Group report on cultural diversity
27th June 2020
24th October 2020
– simpler meetings
Meeting dates for 2021 are as follows:
Feb 2021 – Cemmaes Road
June 2021 – Cardiff
Oct 2021 – Residential & business meeting
Meeting of Friends in Wales Appointments for 2020
Meeting of Friends in Wales Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference (TOR) for committee members on the following groups:
For more information please follow this link:
As part of our 25th Anniversary commemorations Quakers in Wales were featured in a November edition of The Friend which has kindly been released for you to read here.
“Friends, as individuals and as a community, we can talk about ministry as being what’s on one’s soul and not necessarily what’s on one’s mind, it has been described as ‘what God unexpectedly drops into your lap’. I’ve been really struck in this meeting, in this community, both by the examples of individual ministry and by specific examples talked about today, which will stick with me as an articulation of what being a Quaker can do to your work life. But there’s also corporate ministry. Here is a body which, I think, knows what it is to have a calling. I am grateful to have the time here with you.” ~ Paul Parker, Recording Clerk. Quakers in Britain. October 2016
Mae'r swydd hon ar gael yn Welsh hefyd