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27 June 2008

How many wardens does it take to change a low-energy light bulb? - preview

Su Chard, warden of Nailsworth Meeting, learned valuable lessons for all at a course for wardens and their employers at Woodbrooke

As Friends, we cannot separate our religious calling from our practical work for the kingdom of God
  • As Friends concerned for wardenship, we make our contributions in the local community to those who come to our meeting house
  • We appear to offer our facilities, but in fact we offer our love

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    My Area and Local Meetings, which supported me to go on this course, probably hoped that I would return from Woodbrooke with more than six inches of pink wool and a rather nasty cold… but that, on the face of it, is what happened
  • No piles of handouts (thank goodness) and no information overload
  • The reason for all this is that 'Managing our Meeting Houses' was a wonderfully balanced and facilitated two days where great effort had been taken to make sure that the participants felt that they were not just there to be informed but that the success of the course was dependent on their contributions
  • Of course if you put a 'mop of wardens' together, you are bound to get 'contributions' (do let me know if I have that collective noun wrong)!

    Su Chard

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