‘No Climate Justice, No Peace’:
Annual Chichester Quaker Peace Lecture (Online)
Here is the link to the unedited version of the Zoom recording (please note there is a 40 second silence before the presentation begins)
On 11th Nov. at 5.30pm Molly Scott Cato, former MEP and Green Economist gave an online presentation on the question of whether a truly peaceful international order can be sustained unless we first address the looming environmental crisis. From the coronavirus we have learned the reality of the global village, that as human beings we share a common vulnerability, and that if we do not solve our problems together they will remain unsolved. How can we take that lesson forward as a motivation to take urgent action on the climate crisis and global injustice?
Molly skilfully made the case for learning from the present Covid crisis in ways which would reduce international tensions arising from climate change. Without climate justice, there can be no lasting peace. This means that in Britain we must re-evaluate the history of Empire. Covid has taught us to learn about our community’s power to reach out and support people. We can use this insight to find ways to mitigate the effects of three centuries of emissions since the Industrial Revolution and to support countries around the world suffering from those effects. The mass migrations which the world is experiencing at present arise directly from these causes. We have a moral duty to accept climate refugees, share technologies and support those countries which are being forced to bear the brunt of climate change caused in no small part by our past excesses.
114 people participated in this online Lecture, a first for Chichester Quakers who normally hold this annual event in the Priory Road Meeting House where there is only room for some 70 people. A recording of the lecture will soon be available.
Our Quaker Meeting is based on silence, a silence of waiting and listening. The silence is different from that of solitary meditation, as the listening and waiting in a Quaker Meeting is a shared experience in which worshippers seek to experience God for themselves. We come together to listen to the promptings of love and truth in our hearts.
The silence may be broken if someone present feels called to say something that will deepen and enrich the worship. Anyone is free to speak, pray or read aloud if they feel strongly led to do so. This breaks the silence for a few minutes but does not interrupt it. In the quietness of the Meeting, we can become aware of a deep and powerful spirit of love and truth, transcending our ordinary day-to-day experiences.
If you want to know more about us, how we work and our beliefs, you can download the text of our booklet ‘Advices and Queries’ here.
We are a friendly group who welcome newcomers from any religious background or none.
All children and young people welcome at our Meetings. Come and join us! For more details of our Children’s Meeting or to discuss a school or group visit please phone 07964 194725
SAFE, WELCOMED, VALUED, RESPECTED
At Chichester Quaker Meeting all are welcome, respected, valued and safe to fully participate as their true selves, free from gender assumptions and stereotypes as we seek to discover and follow the inward light in which we walk.
In our sharing of personal stories, we have come to recognise the need to support both those who are transgender and non-binary and their friends and families who may be struggling to come to terms with their own personal responses and feelings. We acknowledge too that we are all at different stages of our personal journeys in our understanding of gender identity. We do not want to be divided by the words we use but rather “feel where the words come from” .* We trust that together we can deepen our understanding so that Chichester Quaker Meeting truly becomes a place where all are welcomed, supported and nurtured.
We rejoice in our own diversity and in creating a place where we can listen to and connect with one another and, “helping one another up with a tenderhand” **, accompany one another with love.
* Taken from John Woolman’s Journal for 1763
** Isaac Penington, 1667 Quaker Faith and Practice 10.01.
We think it is important to build a strong and lively community, and we organise other activities besides Meeting for Worship. For example:
• There is a talk every 3rd Sunday after Meeting for Worship
• We have a Well-being group which meets every two months
• There is an active Arts Group meeting every month
• A baking day round a Member’s kitchen table every month
• A Peace Talk around Remembrance Day
• A talk or activity during the Chichester Festivities
Read our latest Newsletter here
INTER FAITH PLANNING GROUP
Our group exists to explore ways in which members of different faiths within the city of Chichester might usefully co-operate and form friendships. At present we form part of the Quaker meeting but it is hoped that we may develop an independent existence.
We have so far:
• Arranged Jewish, Moslem, and Sikh speakers.
• Visited a Mosque, a Synagogue and a Sikh Gurdwara
• Held regular meetings between people of different faiths.
When you focus on their outward form,
You will see only differences between
The Muslim, the Christian and the Jew
Why not zoom in on the inner light
That they all share?
Would you like to meet Chichester people from other faiths?
Please contact Bill McMellon,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Tel. 01243 781455.