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.


kathz said...

Hmmm ... I'm a bit surprised to find that all the bloggers are male. Obviously it's not supposed to be representative but I'm used to encountering women Quakers and women who blog - and to seeing women included in most Quaker activities. While I've no problem with male perspectives (I find men have interesting things to say too), I hope you'll be finding ways of involving women in blogging about BYM. I'd like to hear women's perspectives too ...

By the way, will there be blogging at Summer Gathering at Stirling? (decent internet access can be arranged, I believe but no wi-fi when I was last there).

C. Wess Daniels said...

you've brought up a great point. I don't know if it's too late to add a woman to the team and since I am much more the outsider I can't recommend anyone but I know all us guys would love to have a woman work with us!

jez said...

okay, i have posted my reply as a separate posting.

kathz, if you're going to be at BYM, let us know, maybe you can join us.

If you're not, I look forward to reading about SG at Stirling..


kathz said...

I probably can't be at BYM and, if I am, I'll be staying with my parents who don't have internet. But I'll certainly be reading the blog. Blogs seem to me a very Quakerly way of communicating and I'm really pleased to see a BYM blog. As I read Quaker blogs but don't subscribe to The Friend it's an important way I keep in touch.

By the way, my favourite North American Quaker blog is - and he keeps a terrific set of links on his sidebar. You might want to pass information about the BYM blog and other British Quaker blogs to Agitator and other North American Quaker bloggers - it's good to get another perspective.