New developments at Silver Wattle Quaker Centre, Australia The urge to develop an Australian Quaker Centre began as an act of faith by a small group of concerned Friends in early 2008. As the silver…Continue
Having recently retired from being Resident Director at Silver Wattle Quaker Centre in Australia, I am adjusting to life in the inner city, a change of my home meeting and more time to contemplate and pray. I'm a British Quaker by birth and an Aussie Quaker by habit and an AWPS Quaker by region. Living inside today's Quakerism in all its forms and trends around the world, is where I want to be.
Hello Helen - you left a message for me on QuakerQuaker, but unfortunately I hardly ever log in, nor do I receive notices by email of messages. However, I have now logged in and seen of your interest in the meeting in Hong Kong. How might I be able to help you? I am very happy to receive emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, or even a Skype call would be welcome at jrleighton. You may be aware that there was the FWCC AWPS triennial meeting in HK recently, and it was good to see a number of Australian Friends here. In particular, it was good to see Ronis Chapman and Gretchen Castle, who have been helpful to our meeting in HK. Some other Australian Friends showed an interest in the HK meeting whilst here, and I do hope that any concerns of theirs have been addressed. I know that Ronis and Gretchen have a full understanding of the recent history of Friends in this part of the world.
I am interested, having seen Facebook, that you have recently been to Papua, and are connected with Silver Wattle. I'd be glad to connect, even if you no longer have a particular interest in the HK meeting.
Thanks for those thoughts Helen. Surely how we model these values to our children is one of the earliest and most significant experiences for them. I wonder too when we should introduce them to things that are not good in the world. I recently went to see the film "Girl Rising" for International Women's Day, which shared a very powerful message about how education of girls can make a significant positive impact. However, the girls and women in the film has experienced slavery, child marriage, rape, poverty and natural disasters. I wanted to take my 9 year old daughter, but in the end decided not to because I felt she might be too young to be exposed to the grim realities of the experiences of many women. I think it was the right choice, but I wonder when is the right time, such that children are aware of the realities of the world, but feel empowered to make a difference, and to feel hope and not hopelessness?
I had to smile when you mentioned sweet singing voice... I am a genuinely appalling singer, but I loved being in Turkana as well, and yes the children had a great impact on me. It was a good group, and I loved being with our tour guides (Eden, Simon, John and Gabriel).
The impact of being in Kenya, continues to work through me, in fact as we approach a 1 year anniversary it amazes me still, and I will write something for my blog.
I see that you have now retired to a new meeting in the city of Melbourne, I can imagine after a while at Stillwater, that is a new challenge.
Join the club in being actively in prayer and contemplation in the inner-city. With Blessings
Hi Helen, even if you could come for a day trip that would be great and we could see if other Friends were available to have a shared lunch with us. We have low attendance at meeting as many have moved out of town over the last few years but those who come I am sure would like to join with us if possible. If it is to hard for you to get all this way we are happy to come and meet you say, in Mundaring, as there are some nice spots to have lunch there.
If you want to write and offline email to me you can contact me through my web page which is www.shanemoad.com
Hi Helen, we would love to catch up with you when you get to Perth. The only problem is we don't have a spare room to put you up in as both our children are home. There is the local hotel that David Eley stayed in when he was here and said he quite enjoyed it and the price was very reasonable. Let me know what you were considering and we will look into more for you.
Helen, I met to say in my last post, if you want to contact me off Quaker Quaker it is possible through my web page that can be found on my page on this site. There is a "contact" link on there, feel free to contact when you feel like it........Shane