Towards sustainable Derby

INTRODUCTION

At Britain Yearly Meeting at Canterbury in 2011, Quakers considered the issue of Climate Change. It was clear that Quakers had a special concern for the unity of creation, one which was not new but was deeply rooted in Quaker faith and one of the five testimonies. The minute that came from Canterbury committed Friends to take action both as individuals and as a community, in their own homes and lives, and in their meeting houses and other Quaker buildings.At Britain Yearly Meeting at Canterbury in 2011, Quakers considered the issue of Climate Change. It was clear that Quakers had a special concern for the unity of creation, one which was not new but was deeply rooted in Quaker faith and one of the five testimonies. The minute that came from Canterbury committed Friends to take action both as individuals and as a community, in their own homes and lives, and in their meeting houses and other Quaker buildings.

Derby Quakers began by ensuring that as far as possible all Friends had the opportunity to experience the Swarthmore Lecture which began the concern. Subsequently, we asked Laurie Michales from the Living Witness foundation to come and work with us in a learning workshop aimed at the whole meeting. It was from this session that we decided that we would hold a workshop after Meeting for Worship on the third Sunday In each month, which had just become available, with a view to learning and thinking more about what was demanded of us by the Canterbury Commitment.

We called the response ‘Towards Sustainable Derby’, and we said, often, that, as the need to move towards sustainability was never going to be completed, we must anticipate that we would continue to hold these workshops for ever.

So we stopped, and below is a link to the summaries of all the sessions we ran, till we held our last in March 2019.https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VFebH5Rhu1t-sRpqMhebCqUbE3r8HM68