Thursday, 22 March 2007

blog developments

Okay, we may be able to reveal a fourth blogger shortly, hopefully breaking the all-male mould.

We're also looking at different information feeds, listings and ways of channeling our posts through our own blogs.

Do leave your suggestions here...

Watch this space...


Wednesday, 21 March 2007

how the bloggers came together

In response to another post, a fellow blogger points out that it is quite odd for the bloggers to be all-male.

So, here is a little explanation as to how the blogging team came about.

John asked me if I was interested in blogging for BYM. I said yes, but suggested some more people, to get a wider perspective. He said okay, but suggested that I find them.

The first person I asked to join me on this jolly was Laura but she couldn't come. Alice seems to have disappeared from the blogosphere, so I didn't ask her.

I'm an official member and Si is an official attender, so I thought that we could counter-balance each other, then he suggested Wess, as an official outsider :o)

It just happens that we are an all white, male, bearded, similarly aged crew.

We could have spent longer looking, but I didn't know anyone else who was coming to BYM who blogs regularly and we had deadlines to meet (Quaker bureaucracy to deal with).

We are by no means the definitive bloggers of blogosphere, nor are we claiming to be the best representatives, however, we will give it a pretty good innings if we can (that's a cricket reference, to go with the morris-dancing, for all those wishing to learn about peculiar British customs and sports).

This is also a see how it goes attitude to this blog. We have no budget, were assembled late and have not even sorted out where we're going to blog from yet! The hope (so) is that we can do something and can do something a bit more planned next year.

If you want to join us, leave a comment and I'll get in touch.



Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Documents in advance

Okay folks, this is it, publications in advance are here.

There's no better time than now to read them, with some perfectly sculpted silence as you get your eyes working, or, you can pick your favourite music at Pandora or musicovery.

Thursday, 15 March 2007

towards Britain Yearly Meeting


Hello, welcome to Britain Yearly Meeting blog.

What is Britain Yearly Meeting blog?

This blog is an attempt by some Quakers to bring the 2007 event of Britain Yearly Meeting to a wider audience.

Britain Yearly Meeting takes place in May 2007. The purpose, was explained by Quakers of Yearly Meeting in London in 1668:

"We did conclude among ourselves to settle a meeting, to see one another's faces, and open our hearts one to anohter in the Truth of God once a year, as formerly it used to be."

What will the blog achieve?

The blog may open BYM up to people who have not been able to come.

It may also make Quakers who have never been to BYM more aware about what goes on there.

The blog may share something of Quakers with people who are new to the Society.

Who are the BYM bloggers?

The Britain Yearly Meeting bloggers, are Jez (me), John, Simon and Wess.

Links within blogs

Bloggers often put links within blogs. For example in the first section of this post, if you click on the names which are in a different colour to the rest of the text and are underlined, then you will be taken to a different website.

A bit about us

Jez (me): member of Colchester & Coggeshall Monthly Meeting, attender at Peckham Recognised Meeting, co-editor of Young Quaker, the monthly magazine of Young Quaker, blogger at Quaker Street and member of the Young Friends General Meeting Rewrite Appeal 2007 group.

John: a Westminster Meeting man, John works at Friends House, where, among other things, he edits Quaker News and was greatly involved in the 2005 World Gathering of Young Friends.

Simon: attender at Telford Meeting, Quaker Life Representative Council member for Young Friends General Meeting, overseer of Young Friends General Meeting and blogger at Underthegreenhill.

Wess: Quaker currently worshipping at Pasadena Mennonite Church in the US. You can learn a lot more about Wess here.

What you can expect from the blog

You can expect a blog that shares something of BYM, doesn't break confidentiality and provides perspectives from Quakers from different backgrounds.

There might be interviews, contributions from other people, pictures and possibly links to video and podcast material.


If you have a website or a blog, please add this blog to your links.

Please tell other people about the blog.

Blog about the blog.

Leave a message and if you have a blog make sure that you leave a link to it, so that other people can read it too.

If you have added a link to this blog, leave a comment, so that we might be able to link back to you.