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					May / June 2009
SA Regional Meeting minutes ................... 2
AYM: help wanted ................................ 4
Friends’ School AGM and Board meeting...... 5
SARM annual retreat ............................. 7
Solar panels at the meeting house............. 8
Australian Refugee Association................. 9
Australian Quaker Tapestry ..................... 9
Message about QSA’s work reaches hundreds 9
New novel: Bea nude 1978 ..................... 10
Camino book launch............................. 10
                                                                There is no way
Defence + industry conference and trade
 exhibition: 30 June to 2 July 2009 .......... 10               to peace;
Philosophy Café .................................. 10
NATSIEC ........................................... 10          peace is
Notes from the Meeting for Reading.......... 11
Great news for the Shop........................ 12
                                                                the way.
                                                                A J Muste




                                                         You will be able to sit quietly in the
                                                         soft light inside the Meeting House,
                                                         knowing the cup of tea being boiled for
                                                         you after Meeting has been made with
                                                         the power of light. So here is a final
                                                         photograph of sunshine soaking silently
                                                         into the array of photovoltaic panels on
                                                         the roof of the Library
                                                                                     Society. We ask that the report be
    walking cheerfully     SA Regional Meeting minutes                               included with the Minutes, and that
        is available in                                                              RM M&O make arrangements for the
     hardcopy or from      Sunday, 5 April 2009
                                                                                     presentation of a copy of Quaker faith
    sa.quakers.org.au      1.   In attendance                                        and practice.
                                Humphrey Tranter, Max Raupach, Sonia                    Testimony: Marjory Arnold
     We welcome your            Raupach, Enid Robertson, Cherylie
           contributions
                                                                                     We hear from Enid Robertson a
          by post, email
                                Lloyd, Elizabeth Stevenson, Charles                  testimony to the Grace of God in the
           or in person.        Stevenson, Julie Webb, Deb Munro,                    life of Marjory Arnold. We ask that a
       The closing date         Jim Wilson, Angie, David Evans, Topsy                copy of the Testimony be placed with
     is the first Sunday        Evans, Dianne Cocetta, Robin Sinclair,               the Minutes, and also forwarded to the
          of the month.         Bert Stock, Jenny Stock, Kaye Madsen,                Dictionary of Quaker Biography
             Love debra         Chris Madsen, Roger Keyes, Ann Rees,                    Burial Ground Requests
                                Beverlie Hopkins, Kerry O’Regan, Drew                ◦ Mary Whitehead—we agree to the
                Editor:         Thomas.
         debra hackett
                                                                                     request from Mary Whitehead that a
          0438 869 099     2.   Opening in worship                                   plaque in memory of John Whitehead
                                During a period of silent worship, we                be placed on the Memorial Wall.
   walkingcheerfully@           hear Quaker Faith and Practice 29.03                 ◦ Michael and Inga Tolley—we agree to
     diemperdidi.info           the source of the title for Summer                   their request ‘We would like to ask
                                School at AYM 2010.                                  permission from the Regional Meeting
             PO Box 55             We seem to be at a turning point in               for permission to have a simple plaque
North Adelaide SA 5006             human history. We can choose life or              for each of us, next to each other,
                                   watch the planet become                           mounted on the Friend’s Memorial
    sa.quakers.org.au/             uninhabitable for our species.                    wall in the Quaker Burial Ground,
    walkingcheerfully/             Somehow, I believe that we will pass              when we have passed on.’ We hope
                                   through this dark night of our planetary
                                                                                     that it will be a long time before the
          Subscription:            soul to a new period of harmony with
                                   the God that is to be found within each
                                                                                     request is actioned. We take this
             $20.00 pa                                                               opportunity to remind ourselves of the
                                   of us, and that S/he will inspire
                                   renewed confidence in people                      value of making timely preparations
                                   everywhere, empowering us all to co-              for such events (Advices & Queries 29)
                                   operate to use our skills, our wisdom,       7.   SARM Archives
                                   our creativity, our love, our faith—even
                                                                                     We celebrate the completion of the
                                   our doubts and fears—to make peace
                                   with the planet. Strengthened by this
                                                                                     work by Enid Robertson in putting our
                                   fragile faith, empowered by the Spirit            archives in order, and thank her for
                                   within, I dare to hope.                           her diligence. The additions have been
                                Pat Saunders, 1987                                   placed with the State Library for
                                                                                     appropriate cataloguing, and we will
                           3.   Acknowledgement of Country
                                                                                     be advised when they are accessible.
                                We spend some time in silence
                                reflecting on the relationship between          8.   Treasurer’s Report
                                the traditional custodians and the land              Topsy Evan presents the Treasurer’s
                                on which we meet.                                    Report. We accept the Report, and ask
                           4.   Permission to attend/Confirm agenda                  that a copy be included with the
                                                                                     minutes.
                           5.   Minutes of April Regional Meeting                    Jenny Norris-Green and Lee Harradine
                                With several corrections, the Minutes                have finalised the audit of the SARM
                                are agreed and signed.                               accounts for the years 2004/5 to
                           6.   Membership matters                                   2007/8, and found them in order. We
                                   Report on visit to Deb Munro and                  owe Jenny and Lee a debt of gratitude
                                Jim Wilson                                           for auditing our accounts for over 20
                                We hear the report from Humphrey                     years. They now wish to lay this down.
                                Tranter and Jo Jordan. We look                       We ask that the Clerk write to Jenny
                                forward to the continuing contrib-                   and Lee thanking them for their long
                                utions of Deb and Jim in their new                   honorary service to the Meeting.
                                capacity as members. We ask that the                 We will now need to find another
                                report be included with the Minutes,                 Auditor.
                                and that RM M&O make arrangements                    We consider a letter to the YM
                                for suitable books to mark the                       Treasurer regarding the proposed 2010
                                occasion.                                            budget. We agree that this letter be
                                   Report on visit to Rosemary Claring-              sent to the YM Treasurer, the YM
                                Bould                                                Finance Committee and the YM
                                We hear the report from Inga Tolley                  Secretary for consideration by
                                and Sonia Raupach. We are delighted                  Standing Committee. We hope that in
                                to have Rosemary as a member of the                  future RM Finance Committee will
                                                           walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 2
     offer recommendations rather than                  than have RMs develop their own for
     agreements to Standing Committee                   successive Yearly Meetings. There will,   We
     We accept that part of our difficulty in           of course, need to be adjustments and
     scheduling adequate time to discuss                modifications to suit local require-
                                                                                                  acknowledge
     AYM finance and other matters and                  ments.                                    and respect the
     brief our representatives for Standing                Plans for YM 2010 are progressing
     Committee is due to our bi-monthly                 well with responsibility for most areas   traditional
     meeting schedule. We ask that                      now covered. Someone is still needed      custodians on
     Regional Ministry and Oversight bring              to take care of the transport needs
     forward a revised schedule of Regional             during YM and expressions of interest     whose ancestral
     Meetings to be considered for 2010.                are invited. A list of task areas and
     We agree to add a budget line to RM                coordinators is to be published in the    lands we live.
     accounts to cover presentations of                 next Walking Cheerfully and Friends
     books to new members.                              are invited to contact the person         We
     We continue the item re funding                    responsible for any area they are
     guidelines.                                        interested in.
                                                                                                  acknowledge
     We hear a request from Robin Sinclair         12. Friends’ School report                     the deep
     for a grant of $300 to support an                 In the absence of Jo Jordan, the
     airfare for a Friend from the                                                                feelings of
                                                       Assistant Clerk reads her report on her
     Australian Quaker Tapestry Group to               recent attendance at Friend’s School       attachment
     join with SA Friends in commencing SA             Board Meeting, and allied events. We
     contributions to the tapestry. While              thank Jo for her commitment to the         and relationship
     noting that requests for funds                    school, and her comprehensive report.
     normally come to RM via RM Finance                                                           of Aboriginal
                                                       The report has been offered to
     Committee we are prepared to make                 walking cheerfully, and will be            peoples to
     an exception in this case and approve             included with the minutes.
     the grant.                                                                                   country.
                                                   13. Nunyara weekend
9.   RM Ministry and Oversight Report                  We are advised that registrations are
     We hear the recommendations re                    slow, and ask Friends to give this
                                                                                                  We
     Nominations Committee. We ask that                matter their urgent attention.             acknowledge
     the Report be included with the
     Minutes. We hear also a Minute from           14. Earthcare                                  the Kaurna
     Eastern Suburbs Local Meeting. We                 We note that the Adelaide Local
     agree to continue this Minute pending             Meeting solar panels have been             people as the
     discussion at Adelaide Local Meeting.             installed, and are awaiting
                                                       commissioning. The Eastern Suburbs         custodians of
10. Indigenous Concerns—re NT                          Earthcare Group continues to work
    Intervention                                                                                  the Adelaide
                                                       with children, and has been published
    We hear a report from Cherylie Lloyd               in a British newsletter.                   region and that
    regarding letters sent on behalf of the
    AYM Indigenous Concerns Committee.             15. Nominations Committee                      their cultural
    The group has been meeting by                      Nominations Committee presents the
    teleconference and email. We hear in               following nominations:                     and heritage
                                                       Outreach Committee: Dave Lambert
    particular their concerns that standard
                                                       Assistant Clerk to Yearly Meeting 2010:
                                                                                                  beliefs are still
    solutions are being applied to diverse
    situations. We ask that a letter be                Drew Thomas                                important to
    prepared on our behalf for consider-               Standing Committee Rep (to replace
    ation at next Regional Meeting. We                 Kate Alessia who is unable to attend):     the living
                                                       Kerry O'Regan
    note a diversity of view in relation to
                                                       We agree to these nominations. In the
                                                                                                  Kaurna people
    the use of the terms ‘indigenous’ and
    ‘aboriginal’.                                      case of the last nomination, we record     today.
                                                       the dissent of Bert Stock.
11. YM 2010 Progress
    Kerry O’Regan reports that                     16. Ecumenical Activities
       Michael Searle, Ronis Chapman and               We continue this Minute.
    Wilma Davidson last month spent a              17. Concern re SA Criminal Justice System:
    weekend in Adelaide, meeting with                  Do we want to be party to ‘rack ‘em,
    members of the YM2010 Arrangements                 pack ‘em, stack ‘em’?
    Committee, several productive                      We hear from Drew Thomas of his
    meetings being held. Michael Searle is             concern, supported by ESLM, at the
    willing to continue developing the                 statements of the SA Deputy Premier
    online registration process used for               in relation to criminal justice. Drew is
    YM2009 and proposes to offer this as               working with others in the SA Council
    an ongoing, centralised process rather             of Churches/Heads of Christian

                              walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 3
    Churches towards developing a                      to 2 July Defence Industry event in the
    concerted Christian, and possibly                  Convention Centre.
    wider, voice on this matter in the lead               Defence White paper—Canberra
    up to State elections due next March.              RM's QPLC has sent us their 'Watching
    We agree to SARM being identified as a             Brief' on it.
    supporter of this work.                               Defence spending is being affected
    We support Drew in his concern, and                by Federal budget constraints
    ask that he work further on this with              A carefully drafted letter on the
    the SARM Peace and Social Justice                  Defence + Industry event was sent first
    Committee and with others in the SA                to The advertiser and then to The
    Council of Churches/Heads of                       independent weekly, neither of which
    Churches. We suggest he contact                    acknowledged or published it.
    Amnesty International and QUNO and            22. Other Business
    ask that he send an appropriate letter            There is none.
    from SARM to the Deputy Premier.
                                                  23. Next meeting: We hope to meet on
18. Quaker Learning Australia (QLA) report            2 August at the Meeting House.
    to Standing Committee
    We hear this report.                          24. Close in silent worship
19. World Children’s Peace Choir                  ‘Regional meeting purposes’
    We continue this Minute.                      from Quaker faith and practice 3.02
                                                  (reformatted)
20. Outreach Committee Report                        We meet together for common worship
    No report is provided.                           for the pastoral care of our membership
21. Peace and Social Justice Report                  for needful administration for unhurried
    Jenny Stock reports that                         deliberation on matters of common
       $250 from our peace funds has gone            concern for testing personal concerns that
    to Deb Munro for the Children's Peace            are brought before us to get to know one
    Choir.                                           another better in things that are eternal
       We expect to have a peaceful                  as in things that are temporal.
    Quaker presence outside the 30 June

                                                  Information re pre-and post-YM
AYM: help wanted                                  activities: Harald Ehmann
Planning for YM 2010 is well underway,
                                                  JYFs: Kate Alessia & Mary Webb
with most aspects having someone
responsible for them. Almost all the areas        Promotion, media & outreach: SARM
will require other helpers and one area,          Outreach C’tee (Beth Mylius)
transport, still needs coordination. Here is      Share-and-tell: Chris Colgan
a list with the person to contact if you’re
                                                  Space allocation (who does what, where,
prepared to lend a hand or would like to
                                                  when): David Barry
find out what’s involved:
                                                  Summer School: Elizabeth Stevenson
Accommodation: Geoff Greeves
                                                  *Transport: coordination and helpers
Alternative nurturing program: Liz Pyat &
                                                  needed
Deb Munro
                                                  Venue liaison and overall coordination:
Book sales: Topsy Evans & David Evans
                                                  Kerry O’Regan
Budget: Jim Wilson
                                                  World Children’s Choir for Peace: Deb
Children: Barbara True & Trish Hensley            Munro
Food & beverages: Drew Thomas                     YFs: Kate Alessia & Mary Webb
Greening of YM: Harald Ehmann                     *Contact Kerry O’Regan if you’re
Help desk: Jo Jordan                              interested in this area or if you have some
                                                  other ideas.
Indigenous connections: Harald Ehmann




 A cyclist who commutes 18km each way every day on a relatively flat commute will
 save each year:
     • 2.6 tonnes C02 and $7000 compared to a large car like a Land cruiser
     • 0.9 tonnes C02 and $3000 compared to small car like a Corolla
 Source: www.greenlivingpedia.org/Green_facts

                             walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 4
                                                 have followed discussion among the
Friends’ School AGM and Board                    students about possible reasons for this
meeting                                          behaviour.
I came away from Hobart on Sunday with           Following the assembly, local Chinese
an enormous admiration for the vision,           artists, dancers, chefs and experts of all
dedication and sheer hard work of the staff      kinds conducted workshops for students,
at The Friends’ School. Students are             staff and board members on a range of
encouraged to take not only a world view         topics. I chose the brush painting workshop
but to actively reach out and make               and Mr Wang demonstrated his skill with
connections with communities and cultures        brush and ink. When drawing a bird,
beyond the school itself, in the best            quickly and effortlessly, Mr. Wang began
Quaker tradition. They are encouraged to         with the beak. The Chinese cultural day
be reflective and to incorporate Quaker          ended with a lively dragon dance, with
processes in their personal lives and            enthusiastic student participation.
interactions with others.
                                                 Principal’s report
The concert                                      We were pleased to hear from the
Most board members arrived on Thursday           Executive Committee, before the AGM,
afternoon, when we were treated to one           that John Green’s contract had been
of the highlights of the school year, the        extended for a further two years.
concert. The school has a strong
                                                 John opened his speech with the news that
commitment to music, with a significant
                                                 school data provided evidence of
proportion of the students performing in 15
                                                 outstanding academic success, of an
different ensembles, bands and choirs.
                                                 increase in enrolments, of perfect gender
Moreover, the standard of performance is
                                                 balance and of sound financial standing.
very high, and it was a pleasure to be in
                                                 However, John made the point that there
the audience. Highlights for me were the
                                                 are other factors that contribute to the
marimba ensembles, with a different
                                                 health of a school that are more difficult
ensemble for year levels 7, 8, 9, 10 and
                                                 to measure. Last year the school
seniors. The enthusiasm of players and
                                                 commissioned an independent qualitative
conductor is truly infectious.
                                                 study to gauge whether the school was
Chinese cultural day                             genuinely aligned with
This year a very ambitions project was the       the values expressed in
organisation of a Chinese cultural day           the Purpose and
which was launched at a special assembly         Concerns Statement,
with an authentic tiger dance by the             which is the mission
Chinese Buddhist community. Two                  statement of the
students, speaking alternately in English        school. The survey
and Chinese, introduced singers,                 began by interviewing
musicians, dancers and visiting Chinese          staff.
representatives and the programme was            The finding so far is
printed in both English and Chinese.             that there is strong
Students and staff from the sister Chinese       endorsement by staff of
school Jin Yuan Senior High presented            the good health of the
items, and later we had a chance to speak        school and support for
with students and staff. The Governor of         the Purpose and
Tasmania, who is a former board member,          Concerns Statement
and the Chinese Consul General from              which underpins every-
Melbourne each spoke at the assembly.            thing that goes on in
There were a few tense moments during            the school. A suggestion
the assembly when the Chinese officials          that the statement
from Melbourne were persistently                 include a reference to
photographed, to the point of harassment,        the environment was
by several members of the Chinese                considered and later
Buddhist community. I’m sure there would         adopted by the Board.




                            walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 5
                                                  performances, the existing venue is the
                                                  gym, which does not really do them
                                                  justice. It will be a beautiful as well as a
                                                  functional building, with areas to display
                                                  student art work and superb views over the
                                                  river and Mt Wellington. Construction
                                                  commences at the end of June, many
                                                  months earlier than planned, thanks to a
                                                  timely federal government stimulus
                                                  package for school assembly halls.
                                                  However, there are conditions, and one is
                                                  that it be completed by the end of 2010.
                                                  The assembly hall will need additional
                                                  funding from private donations in order for
                                                  the project to reach completion. The
                                                  school is eager to hear from old scholars,
                                                  and the wider Quaker community, about
It was good to hear that re-registration of
                                                  possible contributions to The Friends’
the school was granted by the Tasmanian
                                                  School Assembly Hall Appeal. I have a copy
Schools Registration Board for the
                                                  of the proposed plans if you would like to
maximum period of six years. In a glowing
                                                  see them and a copy of the donation
report the panel from the Registration
                                                  appeal form can be found in the appendix
Board stated that ‘the school demonstrates
                                                  to this issue of walking cheerfully.
a refreshing commitment to innovation and
creativity in education’. John is mindful         Weekly gatherings
that school, even Friends’ School, is not         I have been impressed at the way that
always a positive experience for all              staff and students plan and conduct weekly
students, and there is a commitment to            ‘gatherings’ which are similar to Meetings
making it more a more relevant, happy             for Worship. One of the students explained
place for those who are less engaged.             that gatherings were ‘like you are all
John spoke of the creative ways that staff        building off one another’s thoughts, and
encourage students to learn, by offering          whether you stand up or not, by joining in
topics, technology and processes that             with the silence, you are respecting your
interest them. His meeting concluded with         peers.’ I was very pleased to receive a
several examples; three very impressive           compilation of student reflections on their
audio-visual presentations by year 10             gatherings from 2005-8, which I hope our
students who came in on Saturday morning          library will be able to add to its collection.
to give us their responses to the question        Jo Jordan
‘How shall we live?’ The students
suggested imaginative and practical ways
the school can be more environmentally             Facts about computing
sustainable. Some of these ideas are being         Leaving a computer running consumes
considered seriously by the executive              electricity and adds to computing costs.
committee.                                         The use of screen savers does not save
                                                   energy.
Although there is no immediate financial           It is estimated that a typical desktop PC
concern about the current economic                 with a 17-inch flat panel LCD monitor
downturn, the school’s budget has a                requires about 100 watts—65 watts for the
contingency for bursary assistance if              computer and 35 watts for the monitor.
required.                                          If left on 24x7 for one year, this system will
                                                   consume 874 kilowatt hours of electricity—
New assembly hall                                  enough to release 341 kg of carbon dioxide
We looked at the plans and site for the            into the atmosphere and the equivalent of
                                                   driving 1312 km in an average car.
new multiple-use assembly hall, adjacent
to the Clemes Library. The site will provide       According to the Columbia University ‘Guide
                                                   to green computing’, if the paper used each
much needed space for assemblies, music            year for personal computing were laid end
and drama performances, and be available           to end, it would circle the Earth more than
for community use. Although the students           800 times.
and teachers give outstanding music                www.greenlivingpedia.org/Green_facts
                             walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 6
                                                  and towel or have them supplied for an
SARM annual retreat                               extra cost (see table).
3-5 July 2009                                     Payment options
Leadings from our past; to our present;           Payment can be made by:
towards our future
                                                      •    cash please ring Caroline Donald to
You are invited to our annual weekend                      arrange
retreat at Nunyara Conference Centre in
the Adelaide Hills. Our guest this year will          •    cheque, payable to ‘Religious
be Dale Hess from Victorian Regional                       Society of Friends (SA Regional
Meeting. Dale will share with us his rich                  Meeting) Inc’
and extensive knowledge of Quaker history             •    bank transfer: BSB 105-900
and beliefs. Dale and Drew Thomas, Clerk                   a/c 952880440 (please add your
of South Australian Regional Meeting, will                 name to the transfer)
co-facilitate a series of workshops over the      With either method of payment, please
weekend.                                          forward the attached registration form
This is an opportunity for Quakers from           (with your cheque if you are paying that
across South Australia and the Northern           way) to:
Territory to gather to:                              Caroline Donald
• catch up with Friends in a relaxed                 21 George Street
  environment                                        Hawthorn SA 5062
                                                     Phone 8272 1794 or 0438 817 649
• be informed/delighted/dismayed by
                                                     tgandcmd@ozemail.com.au
  new insights into Quaker origins
                                                  Nunyara is located about 10 km south of
• clarify and deepen your connection with
                                                  the Adelaide CBD at 5 Burnell Drive, Belair.
  Quakers and your Regional Meeting
                                                  UBD map reference: 142 Q10.
• strengthen the bonds between Friends
• enrich your sense of Quaker identity
  and community
• clarify our Meeting’s vision for our
  current and future direction
The children’s program will include
developing and performing a modern
environmental fairy tale called The Three
Kookaburras. Children (and interested
adults) will make the costumes, paint,
learn the parts, improvise the music and
have a lot of fun together.
The weekend will begin on Friday evening
with a prologue at 7.30pm. Friends can
arrive at Nunyara anytime from 5.00pm
onwards. We will finish at 2.00pm on
Sunday.
Accommodation options
Friends who wish to stay can notify us of
their preference for a single, twin or group
share room on the registration form (in
appendix to this issue of walking
cheerfully). However, please note that
Single (and possibly even Twin Share)
rooms may not be available and will
depend on our overall accommodation
needs. If all rooms are used on a 3-4 share
basis then the maximum number that can
be accommodated is 39. Any cost
difference between your payment and
what is provided will be refunded. The
room costs on the registration form
includes blankets and pillows but not linen.
You can bring our own sheets, pillow slips

                             walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 7
                                                   grant represents roughly half of the cost of
Solar panels at the meeting                        installing the 10 x 205watt solar panels.
house                                              These solar panels will generate more than
We are now generating our own electricity          our electricity requirements for most of
via solar panels installed at the Meeting          the year. Some statistics:
House.
                                                   • over 25 years these solar panels will
The photovoltaic system of ten solar power           save 87 tonnes of greenhouse gases
panels is on the roof of the library and
children's room at the Meeting House, and          • over 25 years these solar panels will
provides one of Adelaide’s oldest places of          save 11 281 623 litres of water
worship with the latest clean and green            • each year, these solar panels will offset
energy source.                                       approximately 3753kWh of fossil fuel
The Australian Greenhouse Office in                  generated electricity from the Port
Canberra approved a Community Grant,                 Augusta and Torrens Island power
worth approximately $12 000, towards the             stations
cost of installing the solar panels. The           An important part of Quaker philosophy is
                                                   to tread lightly upon the Earth: you won't
                                                   see the photovoltaic array when you
                                                   approach the Meeting House and the
                                                   installation of these solar panels helps us
                                                   to continue our commitment to the
                                                   environment. This exercise is part of
                                                   Quakers’ contribution to the vision of a
                                                   Green Precinct which includes our
                                                   neighbours St Peter’s Cathedral and St
                                                   Mark’s College.
                                                   Brian Arnott
                                                   Convenor
                                                   Premises Committee




Faith Cook, baby Oliver and young Daniel Cook with Brian Arnott on the roof of the Library at
the Meeting House complex in North Adelaide, all basking in reflected glory!


                              walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 8
Australian Refugee Association
ARA will be publishing their last hard copy
of their newsletter, Refugee, as it is too
expensive for them to continue.
However, they will continue with their
quarterly publication and anyone wanting
to receive it by email can contact Erika
(erika.marshall@ausref.net or 8161 3322).
Non perishable food donations for the
refugees are greatly appreciated (cooking
oil, laundry powder, shampoo and tooth-
paste are very welcome!!) and can be left
at the Quaker shop where Inga will pick
them up and take to ARA.


                                                  techniques we need to know. Cathy and
Australian Quaker Tapestry                        Tessa are experienced and enthusiastic
Work on designing and embroidering panels         teachers.
for the Australian Quaker Tapestry has
already begun in all states except SA. We         Anybody who is interested, or thinks
have been lagging behind! However this is         perhaps they might be, or would like to
about to change.                                  know more, should contact
                                                  Robin Sinclair
On 17, 18 and 19 July there will be a             8339 1921 or
workshop here, conducted by Cathy                 r.r.sinclair@internode,on.net.
Davies from NSW and Tessa Spratt from
Victoria, to show us how we can get
started and to learn some of the
                                                  the International Women’s Development
Message about QSA’s work                          Agency, Quakers at Eastern Suburbs Quaker
reaches hundreds                                  Meeting and the Council of Christians and
On 20 March Quaker Service Australia              Jews.
launched its 50th anniversary book Friends
in deed, written by Heather Saville. More         The book is available for $24.95 from
than 90 people attended the launch in             Quaker Service Australia. To purchase a
Melbourne and a wider audience heard              copy, please use the order form in the
about the book through ABC radio                  Australian Friend, contact the QSA office
interviews on Life Matters and Connect            on 02 9698 9103 or visit our website
Asia and Heather’s visits to universities,        www.qsa.org.au. If you would like Heather
development agencies and community                Saville to visit your meeting to talk about
groups in the week following the launch.          the book, please contact the QSA office.

It was wonderful to be part of such a             Visit of Lourde Epinal from India
momentous event. Many of those who had            QSA is delighted to announce the visit to
been involved in the work of QSA over the         Australia of Lourde Epinal, Environmental
past fifty years and whose stories appear in      Education Coordinator at Pitchandikulum
the book travelled from as far as Tasmania,       Bio Resource Centre in Tamil Nadu, India.
Perth and Sydney to attend the launch.            During his time in Australia, Lourde will be
Victorian Friends were wonderful in               visiting the Friends’ School Hobart, CERES
assisting with transport of books, helping        sustainable community in Melbourne and
sell the book, and organising name tags           meeting with Environmental Educators in
and other administrative tasks on the day.        Sydney.
Many people commented on what a lovely
                                                  Aletia Dundas
event it was.
                                                  Project Officer
Heather herself surely must have been             Quaker Service Australia
completely worn out by the end of the             9698 9103
week, as she then went on to meet with            www.qsa.org.au
representatives from Victoria University,
Monash University, World Vision, Oxfam,
                             walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 9
New novel: Bea nude 1978                          Camino book launch
By Barbara True, ALM                              Kerry O’Regan’s book of reflections on her
                                                  Camino pilgrimage, The things my best
Hello Friends                                     friends told me—for the Camino and for
I would like you to know that I have              life, published by Ginninderra Press, will
published a new novel, Bea Nude 1978. It          be launched at 2.00pm on Saturday 27
again follows Dr Pilot Collins, that barely       June at the Community Centre, 176 Tynte
fictional Quaker American Rheumatologist          Street, North Adelaide. All welcome.
living in Adelaide, as she nuts something         Defence + industry conference
out. (No, I can’t in fact tell you exactly
what it’s about. Perhaps someone will
                                                  and trade exhibition:
volunteer to write a review?)                     30 June to 2 July 2009
                                                  Non-violent direct action workshop
I can tell you it is based on a dream, a
                                                  1.30-4.30pm on 27 June
‘Quaker cloth dream’, described better in
                                                  Westcare Church Hall
the novel. I dreamed of a beautiful,
radiant greyish cloth draped in my hands.         216 Wright Street, Adelaide
                                                  (Enter from Millers Court alongside)
On closer inspection I realised there was
nothing actually holding the threads              Philosophy Café
together—all threads were parallel with no        Friend Nicholas Rundle 0403 183 005
cross-weave. At the time I thought it             Third Wednesday of each month at
described the form of the novel—47                St George’s Church House from 7.30–
chapters, all completely different, held          9.30pm on the corner of Angas and
together only because they wanted to be,          Goodwood Roads, a few metres south of
much like individual Friends in meeting           the Capri. Enjoy good discussion, warmth
coming together in wholeness.                     and fair trade tea and coffee.
Now I realise, belatedly, that it is an           NATSIEC
apologetic peace offering back to my              The National Aboriginal & Torres Strait
Adelaide Local Meeting. We, as a group,           Islander Ecumenical Commission
had a year as a ‘wounded meeting’ to              (www.ncca.org.au/natsiec) Martung Upah
which I contributed at one point by               Appeal 2009 has now been launched.
screaming a vocal ministry. If the pain of        Martung Upah is NATSIEC’s major
hearing that matched the pain of                  fundraising appeal launched annually in
delivering it, I have much to explain.            May. Income received from this appeal
                                                  allows us to fund our work, including our
It is my deepest hope that this be a healing      development fund.
narrative, for both writer and reader. As         Your gift makes an enormous difference to
Friends Fellowship of Healing says, ‘May          the work of NATSIEC. Without it, we would
there be wholeness of body, mind and              not be able to provide educational
               spirit’—for all Friends            resources to the wider community; engage
               everywhere—and may this            the Churches in Indigenous issues or fund
               little novel be a channel          important community development
               through which this healing         projects. Our aim is to build a better
               comes.                             tomorrow for all our children so that
                                                  injustice and discrimination will not be
              With love                           part of Australia’s future.
              Barbara                             NATSIEC sends out regular emails to our
              Please purchase through             supporters on matters of interest. These
              www.gumbootpress.com.au.            emails may include:
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                             walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 10
                                                   operating with a spiritual compass of some
Notes from the Meeting for                         sort but had never fully appreciated it in
Reading                                            the way the author attempts to describe.
Sacred compass by Brent Bill                       Ffriends reflected on the compass in their
                                                   own lives and shared their ideas of what
A compass makes a good metaphor for our
                                                   God is for them and how our fate unfolds.
spiritual lives and the work of discerning
God’s will. In this Meeting for Reading we         Brent Bill goes on to say that the sacred
have been attempting to understand the             compass leads us on a life of pilgrimage or
nature of discernment and the role the             ‘hike to wholeness and holiness.’ This was
metaphor of ‘compass’ plays in truly               particularly appropriate for at least one
understanding the will of God for each of          Ffriend who recently returned from a long
us as Quakers and people interested in the         pilgrimage and was able to share this
ideals of Quakerism.                               experience in light of what we were doing.
                                                   Brent Bill says that keeping our soul’s eyes
Although we started reading this book by
                                                   on the sacred compass leads us to the holy
selecting sections almost randomly on this
                                                   discovery that we can move through life
occasion we examined chapter 2 ‘Lives
                                                   with purpose and promise even in those
that speak: what we are saying to others
                                                   times when we may not sense with
and ourselves along the way’. We noted
                                                   certainty that purpose and promise. We all
that in this chapter the author examines
                                                   felt that in many respects the Meeting for
the various mediums of discernment listing
                                                   Reading is gradually gaining a life of its
them in the following way: Our Lives Speak
                                                   own.
Through our Bodies / Our Lives speak
Through our Stories / Our Lives Speak              The Meeting for Reading is becoming a
Through Imagination / Our Lives Speak              special time of intimate sharing of our
Through Inclinations / Our Lives Speak in          spiritual wondering of what we understand
Dreams / Our Lives Speak to Authenticity /         and what we puzzle over. We are beginning
Our Lives Speak Through Seasons / Our              to feel like spiritual friends. The purpose
Lives Speak Through Our Hearts / Our Lives         of the group is to share with each other
Speak Through Our Voices / Our Lives               our own experiences of spirit and nurturing
Speak Through Our Days. We were                    a spiritual life as expressed in various
particularly interested in the first               pieces of Quaker literature. The use of
heading—speaking through our bodies.               Quaker process seems to work well. We all
                                                   felt much closer at the meeting’s end.
Conversation seemed to turn on the
importance of being able to read our                   Brent Bill has written one of the finest
bodies and their reaction to situations.               books on discernment and divine
One Ffriend noted that she is particularly             guidance that I have seen in a long
sensitive to situations and has come to                time.
trust her bodily reactions as a guide to               (Richard J Foster)
what to do next in a situation or in regard
                                                   The Meeting for Reading is held in the
to an issue. Another said that he had not
                                                   Meeting House of Adelaide Local Meeting.
always listened to his body (gut) and that
                                                   Please bring some food to share afterwards
as a result got himself into many diffic-
                                                   at 6.00pm.
ulties but that since learning to do this life
has unfolded much more peacefully. We              On the next occasion we will continue our
also talked about our respective visions of        examination of the book Sacred compass.
God and our difficulties in visualising or
                                                   For further information contact:
even believing in a God at all. Julie made
                                                      Chris Colgan
photocopies of the chapter for which we
                                                      ccolgan@ozemail.com.au
were very thankful.
                                                      Trish Hensley
According to Brent Bill the divine compass            hensleywartz@pacific.net.au
points us to the mind and love of God.
Some of us had difficulty with the concept
of God especially as expressed in the Bible.
For all of us the metaphor of ‘compass’
seemed to speak to our experience.
Reading and discussing the book acted as a
springboard for our personal explorations
and insights.
Brent Bill says that our sacred compass
operates in our souls and calls us to a life
with God. All of us felt we had always been
                              walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 11
Meetings for Worship
Adelaide Local Meeting                                Friends Meeting House
11.00am Sunday                                        40a Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide
Alice Springs Worshipping Group                       Katy Egger alicesprings@quakers.org.au
Copper Triangle Recognised Meeting                    Roger Norris-Green (08) 8825 1981
11.00am third Sunday of each month
Senior Citizens Hall, Taylor Street, Kadina
Evening meeting once a month in various homes
Darwin Worshipping Group                              Neil Chadwick (08) 8945 5505
4.45pm first and third Sunday of each month           Barbara Sampson (08) 8932 2019
Salvation Army Community Centre
cnr Lee Point Road/Yanyula Drive, Anula, Darwin
Eastern Suburbs Local Meeting                         Leabrook Guide Hall
10.00am Sunday                                        Rochester Street, Leabrook—0424 080 740
Evening meeting                                       Friends Meeting House
6.00pm Sunday                                         40a Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide
Fleurieu Recognised Meeting                           Shirley Dunn (08) 8555 2778
11.00am second and last Sunday of each month
Council Chambers, The Strand, Port Elliot
Hills Recognised Meeting                              Bert and Jenny Stock
10.30am second Sunday of each month                   tilby_stock@internode.on.net
Southern Worshipping Group                            Colin & Barbara Talbot
Third Sunday of each month                            cbtalbot@sa.chariot.net.au
Meetings for Worship for Quaker Business
Adelaide Local Meeting:                               Co-clerks: Ann Rees & Roger Keyes
last Sunday of the month (except December)            annrees@chariot.net.au
Eastern Suburbs Local Meeting: last Sunday of every   Clerk: Jo Jordan
second month (a week before each RM)                  jojordan@ozemail.com.au
SA Regional Meeting:                                  Clerk: Drew Thomas
first Sunday of alternate (even) months               drew.thomas@iinet.net.au
Other meetings
Fellowship of healing
Meeting House library at 12.30pm on the second Wednesday and the fourth Friday of each month




                                                            Great news for the Shop
                                                            A substantial gift has been
                                                            received from Jan Larsson which
                                                            will enable an early start to
                                                            repairs at the Shop.
                                                            Jan has had a long involvement
                                                            with the Shop and she has decided
                                                            to give us a major donation to help
                                                            with the renovations needed to
                                                            make the Shop a safer and more
                                                            pleasant environment for both the
                                                            volunteer staff and our clients.
                                                            Thank you, Jan!!!




                                                 walking cheerfully may/june 2009 page 12
              South Australian Regional Meeting Annual Retreat
                              July 3rd – 5th 2009

 Leadings from our past; to our present; towards our future
You are invited to our annual weekend retreat at Nunyara Conference Centre
in the Adelaide Hills. Our guest this year will be Dale Hess from Victorian
Regional Meeting. Dale will share with us his rich and extensive knowledge
of Quaker history and beliefs. Dale and Drew Thomas, Clerk of South
Australian Regional Meeting, will co-facilitate a series of workshops over the
weekend.

This is an opportunity for Quakers from across South Australia and the
Northern Territory to gather to:

   o   Catch up with Friends in a relaxed environment
   o   Be informed/delighted/dismayed by new insights into Quaker origins
   o   Clarify and deepen your connection with Quakers and your Regional
       Meeting
   o   Strengthen the bonds between Friends
   o   Enrich your sense of Quaker identity and community
   o   Clarify our Meeting’s vision for our current and future direction

The children’s program will include developing and performing a modern
environmental fairy tale called The Three Kookaburras. Children (and
interested adults) will make the costumes, paint, learn the parts, improvise
the music and have a lot of fun together.

The weekend will begin on Friday evening with a prologue at 7.30pm. Friends can
arrive at Nunyara anytime from 5pm onwards. We will finish at 2pm on Sunday.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
Friends who wish to stay can notify us of their preference for a single, twin or group share
room on the registration form. However, please note that Single (and possibly even Twin
Share) rooms may not be available and will depend on our overall accommodation needs.
If all rooms are used on a 3-4 share basis then the maximum number that can be
accommodated is 39. Any cost difference between your payment and what is provided will
be refunded. The room costs on the registration form includes blankets and pillows but
not linen. You can bring our own sheets, pillow slips and towel or have them supplied for
an extra cost (see table).

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Payment can be made:
 by cash please ring Caroline Donald to arrange.
 by cheque, payable to ‘Religious Society of Friends (SA Regional Meeting) Inc’ ,
 or by bank transfer to BSB 105-900, Account No. 952880440 (Please add your name to
the transfer.) With either method of payment, please forward the attached registration
form (with your cheque if you are paying that way), to:

Caroline Donald
21 George Street
Hawthorn SA 5062
Phone 8272 1794 or 0438 817 649
tgandcmd@ozemail.com.au

Nunyara is located about 10 km south of the Adelaide CBD.
5 Burnell Drive, Belair. UBD Map Reference: 142 Q10
                                                 Nunyara Weekend Registration Form
                                                          3rd -5th July 2009


Name(s) (Please include ages of children) ......................................................................................................

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Postal address...............................................................................................................................................

     ................. ............................................................................................................. Postcode ..................

Phone Number……………………………………….. Email ……………………………………………………………………

1.   REGISTRATION (children free)

            …… adults @ $30 each                                                                                Subtotal 1

2. COMPLETE EITHER OPTION A OR OPTION B:

           OPTION A.
            ACCOMMODATION AND MEAL COSTS (inclusive for whole weekend, including GST)
            Linen hire is optional. You may bring your own sheets, pillow slip and towel if you wish.
            Pillows and blankets are provided.

           Accommodation Option                                      Cost per person                      No. of people              Your Cost
           3-4 share (incl. all meals)                                    $124.00
           Twin Share (incl. all meals)                                   $143.00
           Single (incl. all meals)                                       $162.00
           Child (2-12 years, incl. all meals)                             $62.00
           Linen—sheets, pillow slip, towel                                $10.50
                                                                                                             Subtotal 2A

            OPTION B.
            MEALS ONLY – all options include tea breaks. Child prices are for children 2-12 yrs.


           Meal Options                                                    No. of adults               No. of children               Your Cost
           Saturday 2 main meals :                     Adult $48
                                                        Child $25
           Saturday 1 main meal :                      Adult $30
                                                        Child $15
           Sunday lunch :                              Adult $30
                                                        Child $15
           Saturday breakfast :                       Adult $7.50
                                                      Child $3.75
           Sunday breakfast :                         Adult $7.50
                                                      Child $3.75
                                                                                                              Subtotal 2B


          Dietary requirements: ………………………………………………………………………………………..

            …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

3. PAYMENT - See attached page for detail

            PAYMENT METHOD:                            Cheque                            Bank transfer                            Cash
            (Please circle one)
                                                                                                                         (by arrangement only)



                                                Total payment (Add subtotals 1 & either 2A or 2B)
WHERE TO BUY QUAKER BOOKS                             AUSTRALIA YEARLY MEETING PUBLICATIONS
                          Friends Book Sales, PO Box 181 Glen Osmond SA Australia 5064
                                           e-mail sales@quakers.org.au
Publication                                                                                                   Author   Cost
Friends in Deed – 50 Years of QSA ................................................................Heather Saville     24.95
Advices & Queries – including the Australian A & Qs ....................................................... AYM        2.50
Footprints and Echoes(2008 ......................................................................... Young Friends       10
This We Can Say - Large Print .......................................................................................    40
This We Can Say - Hard Cover .......................................................................................     40
This We Can Say - Soft Cover ........................................................................................    30
Quakerism - a Mature Religion for Today ......................................................... David Hodgkin           5
As the Seed Grows ............................................................................... Charles Stevenson     6.5
Quaker Ways .................................................................................... Elizabeth Stevenson    6.5
Choose your Dilemma .................................................................................. William Oats     6.5
Planning a Program for Children in the Meeting ..................................................Helen Linacre            5
Peace Comes Walking V ...............................................................................ictoria Rigney    27.5
BL90 Quakers in Politics ....................................................................... Jones & Vallentine       5
BL93 Living the Way - Quaker Spirituality and Community ..................................... Janey O'Shea                5
BL94 As the Mirror Burns ............................................................................. Di Bretherton      5
BL95 Emerging currents in the Asia-Pacific ....................................................Anderton & Bird            5
BL96 Our Children: Our Partners - Social Action in the 21st Cent. ........................... Elise Boulding              5
BL98 Embraced by Other Selves : Enriching Personal Nature.. .......................... Charles Stevenson                  5
BL99 Myth and Stories: Truth and Lies ........................................................... Norman Talbot           5
BL00 To Learn a New Song: Real Reconciliation with the Earth ...........................Susannah Brindle                  5
BL01 Reconciling Opposites: Peacemaking in South Africa ................................ H. van der Merwe                 5
BL02 To Do Justly and to Love Mercy: Quaker Service ........................................... Mark Deasey               5
BL03 Respecting the Rights of Children and Young People .......................................Helen Bayes                5
BL04 Growing Fruitful Friendship; A Garden Walk ................................................. Ute Caspers             5
BL05 Peace is a Struggle ............................................................................. David Johnson      5
BL06 One Heart and a Wrong Spirit: Friends and Colonial Raci ................................. Polly Walker               5
BL07 Support for our true selves - Nurturing the space leadi ................................... Jenny Spinks            11
BL08 Faith Hope and Doubt ............................................................................ George Ellis      11
BL09 The Quaking Meeting ............................................................................ Helen Gould        15
Introducing Quakerism CD ............................................................... David and Trish Johnson         15
The Quaker Way ...................................................................................... David Johnson       5
Directory for Travelling Friends .......................................................................FWCC AWPS        10
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