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09 February 2007

Preparing hearts & minds - preview

The FWCC Triennial, 11-19 August 2007, will bring together Friends from across the world. Coordinator Lee Taylor, of Luton & Leighton MM, outlines the programme and tells non-attending Friends how they can be involved

2007 is an important year for linking Friends around the world
  • The 22nd World Triennial conference is being held in August this year in Dublin, Ireland
  • Ireland Yearly Meeting is hosting the Triennial, which is being organised by the International Planning Committee of the Friends World Committee for Consultation

  • Many British Friends are interested and involved in international Quaker activity – but many may be unaware of the wider world family
  • World membership is more than 365,000 in some seventy-three countries in the world – which provides a perspective on BYM membership of fewer than 20,000
  • There are four international sections: Africa – where there are over 130,000 Friends in Kenya alone; the Americas – where Guatemala has over 23,000 members, for example; Asia-West Pacific and Europe and the Middle East
  • AWP and EMES are the two smaller sections, with less than five per cent of world membership each
  • Friends differ not only in language, culture and national allegiance, but also in the emphases they place on different aspects of Quakerism
  • The World Gathering of Young Friends found that this diversity was enriching but often challenging for participants

  • Lee Taylor

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