February Field Notes from Beverly Ward, Earth Care Field Secretary
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14 Second Month 2020
I have been asked to share greetings from Britain Yearly Meeting and Friends World Committee for Consultation - Section of the Americas (FWCC-SoA).
On 8 Second Month (February), I participated, electronically, in Britain Yearly Meeting’s Quaker World Relations Committee (QWRC) Consultative Forum. The theme was “Climate change and awareness of privilege: how might my privilege be of service?” More than 25 participants took part in the forum, including the following presenters:
Fiona Hamilton, attender, Redland, Bristol Quaker Meeting and member of the XR group Earthquakes;
Mark Smalley, member, Redland Meeting and an Extinction Rebellion member; and
Geylord Allan Asimba a birthright Quaker and former youth Chairperson at Nairobi West Friends church
The FWCC Section of the Americas meeting focused on “Sharing historic QUAKER values today! Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Sustainability (SPICES).” Some of us began with dinner at the home of the Clara and Eduardo Diaz on 6 Second Month. On the 7th, about 30 participants took part in two program sessions, lunch, and an evening pot luck dinner at Iglesia de Los Amigos. The first session was on the the FWCC Traveling Ministry Corps, facilitated by Geeta Jyothi McGahey, Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association (SAYMA) and Robin Mohr, Executive Secretary, FWCC-SoA. Brad Stocker and I facilitated the afternoon program session on FWCC and Southeastern Yearly Meeting
(SEYM) Earth Care Actions. We had a wonderful dinner and fellowship with lots of singing and laughter.
On the 8th, Eduardo Diaz and I co-facilitated a program session on the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) application of Quaker Values. Eduardo Diaz is a former Quaker