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26 September 2008


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Can we lead the way?
Martin Wilkinson has raised some challenging questions about Friends House becoming a ‘beacon of environmental good practice’ (‘Can we lead the way?’, 5 September)
  • Cotteridge Quaker Meeting Living Witness Group was a runner up in the 2008 Ashden Awards for sustainable energy
  • We were recently invited to a meeting on the Friends House refurbishment plans to discuss the very questions that Martin raises
  • We examined the feasibility of making Friends House an ‘iconic’ building that made a real architectural and ‘zero carbon’ statement of Quakers’ commitment to the environment and sustainability
  • Achieving this will involve good architectural, technical and sustainable energy advice and knowledge, as well as Friends’ financial support

  • Chris Martin & Gwen Jones

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    Sharon Langridge, 16 October
    Re. 'Concept of God':

    This seems to me to echo the fairly standard Christian theological idea of the Holy Spirit, in which God is seen as a trinity: the Father (interventionist God?), the Son (God in human form) and the Holy Spirit (God's continuing presence in and with us).

    Remembering that non-Quaker Christians and ex-Christians are familiar with the idea of the Spirit as part of the trinity sometimes helps me make my thoughts more accessible to people in these categories.


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