Fw: Quaker Information Network (QIN) (fwd)
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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999
> From: FWCC World Office <fwccworldofficelondon at compuserve.com>
> Subject: Quaker Information Network (QIN)
> Dear Friends,
> You are receiving this letter as an FWCC representative, or as the contact
> for a yearly meeting or group. Please do not keep it to yourself - the
> contents are designed for circulation.
> Your comments on the usefulness of this sort of information are invited -
> see further in the newsletter.
> Elizabeth Duke
> General Secretary
> Quaker Information Network
> New Series - no.1 October 1999
> In 1991 FWCC stopped producing a very useful bulletin called Quaker
> Information Network, because it was expensive to produce and was taking
> time away from other activities in which World Office staff had to be
> engaged. The bulletin (QIN) contained short accounts of events and
> of future events and opportunities. The World Office receives such
> information quite often, and we cannot afford to send a letter to every
> yearly meeting and representative for each announcement, so often the
> information does not reach you.
> So here is the new less expensive QIN. To save postage costs, we plan to
> send it by e-mail to all yearly meetings and representatives who have an
> e-mail connection, and by ordinary mail (mostly airmail) to those who are
> not on e-mail. The printed form will be quite simple.
> FWCC Interim Committee agreed that we should send out one issue as an
> experiment. Please let our office know whether or not you think such a
> bulletin is a good idea, and, if so, any suggestions you have about
> or frequency. We would like to receive this advice by the end of December
> 1999 so that we can consult Interim Committee as to whether or not to
> FWCC EVENTS
> 20th Triennial Thanks to all yearly meetings and groups who have sent us
> the names of their representatives. We shall be sending the registration
> form and other papers to these Friends very shortly. The schedule of
> events from then onwards is:
> 29 February 2000 Latest date for forms and registration payments to
> World Office without late fee penalty.
> March onwards Offers of observer places to Friends from the list of
> those who have expressed interest. (Any Friend wanting to be on the list
> for observer places should let us know as soon as possible.)
> Early April Further mailing to participants with more information and
> agenda papers.
> 30 May Latest date for confirmation forms and accommodation payments to
> reach World Office.
> Early June Final mailing of agenda papers.
> 22 - 30 July 20th Triennial at Geneva Point, New Hampshire, USA.
> Triennial Travel and Accommodation fund. Friends and meetings in
> prosperous countries are urged to enable all yearly meetings to be
> represented at the Triennial, by contributing to the Travel and
> Accommodation Fund. This supports Friends who have no other means of
> present, but who have much to give to the life of the Triennial. Send
> contributions, payable to FWCC, in UK pounds or US dollars, to the World
> Office, and let us know it is for this fund. Credit and debit card
> payments are now possible (see next item).
> PAYMENTS TO FWCC
> You can now make donations to FWCC, pay for materials you buy, or pay
> Triennial costs, by credit card or by Visa debit card (no other debit card
> is possible). For details see the next issue of Friends World News, or
> contact the World Office.
> E-MAIL ADDRESSES
> To contact Section and World offices, the following e-mail addresses are
> now valid:
> Section of the Americas: americas at fwcc.quaker.org
> Asia-West Pacific Section: awps at fwcc.quaker.org
> Europe & Middle East Section: emes at fwcc.quaker.org
> World Office: world at fwcc.quaker.org
> (previous address still usable)
> Africa Section is awaiting improved telephone service before being
> available by e-mail.
> REQUEST TO TRAVELLERS
> There are isolated Friends and enquirers in several countries where no
> organised Friends group exists. If you are moving to or visiting an area
> where there does not seem to be a Quaker presence, do contact the relevant
> Section Office and the World Office. Someone may be longing for Quaker
> SPECIAL INTERESTS AND CONCERNS OF FRIENDS
> For some years the World Office has ben developing a mailing list of
> Friends interested in ecumenical affairs at the international level. We
> are now building other mailing lists, on the following subjects:
> Racism, racial and indigenous concerns
> The status of women
> Social development
> Justice, penal affairs, alternatives to prison, death penalty, etc.
> If you are interested in such concerns, or in ecumenical affairs, on an
> international level, or know of other Friends who are, please send us your
> or their name, yearly meeting and contact details. These lists will be
> made available to Friends working with the United Nations and other
> international bodies. We hope Friends on each list will receive a brief
> newsletter once a year from the World Office.
> FRIENDS IN PRISON IN BURUNDI
> Friends of Burundi Yearly Meeting have let us know that ten Friends are
> still in prison, some since 1994, charged with involvement in communal
> killing. They believe the charges are false. This was the charge from
> which Samson Gahungu, Clerk of the Yearly Meeting, was freed recently.
> Please pray for these Friends and for their families. The World Office is
> making enquiries as to ways in which the charges can be resolved and
> justice done.
> REPRESENTATION AT THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
> Three Friends are now serving on central committees or commissions of the
> World Council of Churches (WCC). Ute Caspers (German YM) is FWCC's
> delegated representative to the Central Committee, and has been appointed
> to its Programme Committee. Eden Grace (New England YM), who represented
> Friends United Meeting at the last WCC Assembly, was elected to the
> Committee, which has appointed her to a Commission on the Orthodox
> and WCC. Janet Scott (Britain YM) is now appointed by the Faith and Order
> Commission to its plenary body. All these Friends would welcome the
> support and interest of Friends.
> FUND TO SUPPORT FWCC REPRESENTATION AT THE WCC
> The 19th FWCC Triennial asked that FWCC should be more actively
> at the WCC, by appointing a long-term volunteer as its delegated
> representative to the Central Committee (this Friend is Ute Caspers - see
> above). We need to cover the costs of travel and accommodation at various
> meetings, as well as other expenses. Recognising that FWCC had no spare
> money for such extra work, the Triennial set up a fund to support it.
> Friends who would like to make donations are invited to send them to the
> World Office, payable to FWCC, with a note that the gift is for work with
> the WCC.
> WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES CONSULTATION DOCUMENT
> The Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has
> produced a consultation document, The Nature and Purpose of the Church.
> This is offered to all churches, whether or not they are members of the
> WCC. Churches are invited to respond as to whether they see in this
> document areas of agreement or "convergence". Some Friends, we know, are
> engaged in study of the document, and World Office staff are working on
> their own outline of a response. If any Friends would like to study it
> themselves, responses can be sent directly to the Faith and Order
> Commission, World Council of Churches, 150 route de Ferney, P.O. Box 2100,
> CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland, from whom copies can be obtained. Or you can
> send your response to the World Office. Please let us have a copy of
> anything that goes to the WCC. If you have difficulty obtaining copies,
> please let us know.
> A TIME FOR PEACE
> On Sunday evenings, at 7.00 p.m. by your local time, Friends are invited
> pray or hold a time of recollection for peace. The invitation, from the
> two Quaker Offices at the United Nations (QUNOs) and FWCC World Office,
> holds up the need for prayer for those who suffer violence, for those who
> commit it, for those with political, economic or military power, and for
> peacemakers. If you did not receive a copy of the original invitation,
> would like one, ask the World Office.
> NEWS FROM THE EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST SECTION
> Marianne IJspeert has resigned as Clerk of the Section. The EMES
> has asked Helga Tempel (German YM) to serve as Acting Clerk.
> VACANCIES, OPPORTUNITIES
> Director of Religion and Social Issues Forums, Pendle Hill Quaker Study
> Center, near Philadelphia, USA. "The Director should have a strong
> interest and some prior experience in religion, spirituality, political
> social issues." This is a senior position. Information from: Dean,
> Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086-6099, fax +1 610
> 56-3679, e-mail dean at pendlehill.org Internet www.pendlehill.org
> (Closing date not specified.)
> Youth Programs Coordinator at Pendle Hill. A full-time year-round
> working on programs for high school youth and young adults. "Experience
> youth program leadership required." Contact Shirley Dodson at Pendle Hill
> (see previous item), phone +1 610 566-4507 or +1 800 742-3150 extension
> 127, or e-mail shirley at pendlehill.org
> (Closing date not specified.)
> Interns to serve for 9-12 months from January, June or August 2000, at
> William Penn House, Washington, DC, USA. "..assist with seminars and
> hospitality at William Penn House, where Quakers (and others) visit to
> learn and to speak truth to power. Room, board and a small stipend
> provided." Send letter and resume to Errol Hess, William Penn House, 515
> East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA. (Closing date not
> Field staff Friends United Meeting is seeking field staff including a
> Director of Friends Schools, Ramallah. Other opportunities are in Kenya,
> Belize, Russia, Jamaica, Cuba, USA, and with Christian Peacemaker Teams.
> Contact John Myers at Friends United Meeting, 101 Quaker Hill Drive,
> Richmond, IN 47374, USA, phone +1 765 962-7573, e-mail:
> myersjk at compuserve.com
> NEWS WANTED
> If you have news or notices which you think would be right for a future
> QIN, please send them to
> 4 Byng Place
> London WC1E 7JH, UK
> fax +44 20 7383 4644
> e-mail world at fwcc.quaker.org
> October 1999 Produced by Elizabeth Duke and Kate Coole
> FWCC is a registered charity in the UK, no. 211647
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