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									  FWCC                                               Europe & Middle East Section
  FRIENDS                                            1 Cluny Terrace, Edinburgh
  WORLD                                              EH10 4SW, United Kingdom
  COMMITTEE                                          Tel/Fax: +44 (0)131 466 1263
  FOR                                                Email: emes@fwcc.quaker.org
  CONSULTATION                                       Exec Sec: Bronwyn Harwood




               FWCC/EMES Annual Report 2006

What is FWCC/EMES?                                                  2

Report of the work of the Executive Committee 2006                  3

From the EMES Executive Secretary                                   5

Reports from Yearly Meetings and Groups                             8

Quaker Youth Pilgrimage                                            30

Amari Play Centre, Ramallah                                        31

Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre                                     32

Diary 2007                                                         33

FWCC Bank Account details                                          35




Note:   The formal annual report and accounts, prepared in accordance with
        UK charity requirements, are available as a separate document on
        request from the EMES office.




                       Scottish Charity number : SC 036528
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What is FWCC/EMES?
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) was set up at the 1937 World Conference of Friends in
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Its purpose is „to facilitate loving understanding of diversities among Friends
while we discover together, with God‟s help, our common spiritual ground; and to facilitate full expression
of our Friends‟ testimonies in the world‟. Representatives, appointed by the affiliated Yearly Meeting and
groups, meet at Triennials in different parts of the world. They aim to provide links between Friends as they
seek to perceive God‟s will more clearly, so that they may more effectively make their corporate witness.
An Interim Committee meets annually to continue FWCC‟s decision-making processes and guide the work
of the staff between Triennial Meetings on behalf of Friends.

The World Office in London is the centre of worldwide communications for FWCC. Its staff help organise
Triennial Meetings and other gatherings and maintain contact with the work of the four Sections and the
Quaker United Nations Offices. The International Membership programme links isolated Friends and
worship groups around the world to the family of Friends. By means of staff travel, correspondence and
publications, the office seeks to help Friends to gain a better understanding of the worldwide character of the
Society of Friends and its vocation in the world.


Europe and Middle East Section
The FWCC Europe & Middle East Section (EMES) was established in 1938 and now consists of 11 Yearly
Meetings, several Monthly Meetings and other smaller national groups. Events such as the Annual Meeting,
the International Family Gathering, border meetings, seminars, peace and service consultations, the Quaker
Youth Pilgrimage (in cooperation with the Section of the Americas), and other activities, encourage mutual
respect and trust, leading towards greater involvement of Friends. A small Executive Committee, assisted by
a part-time Executive Secretary, ensures communication within the Section and with other Quaker bodies
and individual Friends. Among many different interests, the Section also focuses on justice, peace and
service issues.

The Europe & Middle East Young Friends (EMEYF) is well-established, cooperating within the Section but
remaining fully autonomous.

Some Quaker Addresses in Europe
EMES Office:                                Bronwyn Harwood, 1 Cluny Terrace, Edinburgh, UK,
www.fwccemes.org                            EH10 4SW.
                                            Tel: +44 131 466 1263        e-mail: emes@fwcc.quaker.org
FWCC World Office:                          173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AX, UK.
www.fwccworld.org                           Tel: +44 207 663 1199        Fax: +44 207 663 1189
                                            e-mail: world@fwcc.quaker.org
Europe and Middle East Young Friends        Quaker House, 50 Square Ambiorix, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.
www.emeyf.quaker.eu.org                     Tel: +32 2 2304935           Fax: +32 2 2306370
                                            e-mail: emeyf@qcea.org
Quaker United Nations Office Geneva:        Maison Quaker, 13 Ave du Mervelet, CH-1209 Genève,
www.quno.org                                Switzerland.
                                            Tel: +41 22 748 4800         Fax: +41 22 748 4819
                                            e-mail: quno@quno.ch
Quaker Council for European Affairs:        Quaker House, 50 Square Ambiorix, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.
www.quaker.org/qcea                         Tel: +32 2 2304935           Fax: +32 2 2306370
                                            e-mail: info@qcea.org
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Report of the work of the Executive Committee for 2006
The Executive Committee will have held 3 meetings between Annual Meeting 2006
and Annual Meeting 2007, on 28th September – 1st October 2006, on 1st – 3rd
February and on 5th April 2007. The members who serve as the Trustees of the
Registered Charity have been: Marit Kromberg (Clerk), Laurie Naumann (Treasurer),
Aidan McCartney (EMEYF), Franco Perna (International Member), Fritz Renken
(Switzerland YM), and Jane Rose (Finland YM). Bronwyn Harwood (Executive
Secretary) has prepared and attended all meetings.
Visiting Friend Programme
In view of the strong support for the work of the Visiting Friends emerging through the
years and from the visioning exercise at the Annual Meeting 2006, a funding proposal
was prepared to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust for a 15 month feasibility study
to extend our ministry and outreach support and to enhance the Visiting Friend
Programme.

The project was granted on condition that we advertise the post of Ministry and
Outreach Worker. The selection process has been carried out by a panel consisting of
the Executive Secretary, the Clerk, Aidan McCartney from EMES Executive
Committee, Clerk of Nominations Committee and Rachel Malloch from Nominations
Committee. Four Friends were short listed for interviews. The selection panel was in
unity about Julia Ryberg as the first choice and she has accepted the appointment.

The financial arrangements relating to the JRCT grant will be reflected in the budget as
a separate project and will cover the continuing Visiting Friend work.

We have appointed the Executive Secretary and Clerk together with Ute Caspers and
Diana Lampen to serve as an oversight support group for the duration of the project.
We have felt that the current Visiting Friend programme which reaches the end of its
three year period in December 2006 has contributed significantly to EMES and we
thank all the Friends who have served. Diana Lampen, David Blamires and Tamara
Dragadze have completed their term of service. We ask Ute Caspers (Baltic States),
Tony Fitt (Central Europe), Elizabeth Morris (Spain), and Julia Ryberg to continue as
Visiting Friends until Annual Meeting 2008.
Section Finances
Section finances have been a major concern. The Clerk, Treasurer, and Executive
Secretary therefore met with the Finance Group in August to look at the broader
financial issues.

The 3-year funding plan agreed at Annual Meeting in Svartbäcken in 2004 should have
been completed by the end of 2006, but the projected increase in income has not
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materialised. Contributions from Yearly Meetings and groups vary widely in amount
per capita. The Clerk and Treasurer have written to YM Clerks and Treasurers about
the situation and hope that meetings will see how they can benefit from, and have their
interests served by, the work of EMES.

The group also discussed the EMES investments policy. It was agreed to endorse the
recommendation from the finance group that all investments should be transferred to a
better managed system which would give a better rate of return on investments. We are
committed to having EMES funds invested ethically. After careful investigation by the
Treasurer we decided to enter into agreement with EthicalFutures (independent
financial advisers) and Rathbone Greenbank Investment to manage both the Section
and John Warder Fund capital assets.

We have simplified our banking arrangements closing the FWCC-EMES accounts in
Switzerland, Sweden, and Scotland and transferring all funds to a new account with
ethical bankers Unity Trust Bank. A Gold Savings Account has now been opened with
CAF Bank for the Amari Play Centre.

It has become customary for some individuals as well as for some groups to send
money to EMES for forwarding to other Quaker bodies. This increases EMES
administrative work and financial costs. We therefore consider it appropriate to deduct
a small percentage to cover these costs, and from the beginning of the 2007 financial
year up to 5 % may be deducted by EMES from donations to other Quaker bodies,
with exception for the Ramallah hardship fund.

The Accounts for 2006 will be presented as a separate document. Although incomes
from groups and individuals have increased, and several Yearly Meetings and groups
have been able to raise their contributions, the total contributions were € 6.120 less
than budgeted for. On the expenditure side we have managed to keep well within the
budget, with the exception of travel costs for the Executive Committee. This was
related to extra costs in connection with the overlap of incoming and outgoing clerks
and to the need for a meeting with the Finance Group. The final outcome is a deficit of
just over €15,000 which has had to be offset by drawing a sum from the FWCC-EMES
investments.

Handbook of Policies and Procedures
On the recommendations of the independent examiner, we have started work on a
Handbook of Policies and Procedures to contain the relevant documents. In the first
instance it will contain the FWCC EMES reserves policy, our risk management policy,
and our procedures for complying with data protection regulations, etc. In the coming
year we plan to work towards recommendations for EMES working practices in the
light of global climate change, and we have also minuted the outline of an equal
opportunities policy.
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We recognise the need to obtain an overview of all relevant external and internal
requirements, and will include the document Guidance for Charity Trustees received
from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in a FWCC-EMES Trustees
Handbook.
Present Executive Secretary’s Term of Service
Bronwyn Harwood‟s term of service comes to an end in 2008. A revised job
description for the job of Executive Secretary will be presented to the Annual Meeting
2007 and the post advertised as soon as possible thereafter.
Ecumenical Connections
FWCC EMES has been invited to send one observer to the Conference of European
Churches (CEC) Assembly 2007. We have appointed Kees Nieuwerth to represent
FWCC EMES at the Third European Ecumenical Assembly of the CEC in September
2007. Netherlands Yearly Meeting has agreed to cover the costs for the participation.
Kees will cooperate with Church and Peace representatives at this event.
Publications
We are grateful to Kees Nieuwerth and David Blamires for their work on Friendly
Advice on Quaker Ways which is now completed. We expect to have both Friendly
Advice and the reprint of Meeting the Spirit available as new publications at the
Annual Meeting in the Netherlands with our new logo and house style.
Annual Meeting 2008
We have agreed that in 2008 the Annual Meeting will take the form of a joint
EMES/EMEYF conference for up to 120 people. A planning group has been appointed
consisting of two representatives of EMEYF, the EMES Executive Secretary and
Ministry and Outreach Coordinator, one other European Friend and a representative of
the Vienna worship group.
                                                                   Marit Kromberg
                                                                               Clerk

From the Executive Secretary
I have been reflecting on the role of Friends World Committee and in particular of the
Europe and Middle East Section as I have reviewed the activities of the past year. Over
the years different Executive Secretaries (and Executive Committees) have approached
the work in different ways. Indeed when I took on the post in 2002 I asked the clerk for
advice on priorities and was told that each executive secretary brings a unique
perspective and serves the section accordingly. However I am also aware of the
discipline required. Both to ensure that it is not just one‟s own desire that one follows,
but the leadings of the spirit, and that one‟s own perception of those leadings is tested
with the group through due Quaker business method. At the end of the day, and in spite
of much travel, the role of the secretary is an administrative one. Listening and being
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part of the discernment process, yes, but in particular making sure that enquiries are
dealt with, records kept, gatherings organised, a regular newsletter produced and
distributed, the web-site maintained, grants disbursed appropriately and so on. As ever
I am extremely grateful to the growing band of Friends in Edinburgh who help me and
my assistant, Ben Miller Williams, with aspects of this work and in particular would
like to mention the difference it has made to us in the past year having half a day a
week office support from John Eccles.

Marit Kromberg in her clerk‟s report has referred to various of the initiatives within the
Section. So I here I shall just add some reflection on one or two events in the year.

2006 was indeed a year of testing of leadings. As the three years of the EMES Visiting
Friend Programme was drawing to a close it was clear that there were challenges for
the future. My own travels and connections with Friends groups have made me aware
of new interest in the Quaker way particularly in Eastern Europe and of the ongoing
needs of older groups for revitalisation and deepening of life in the spirit. The Visiting
Friends group meeting in December 2005, the Executive Committee in February 2006
and then the Annual Meeting in a “visioning” session all confirmed the need for
greater support for the ministry and outreach work of the Section. The Executive
Committee was aware that it was breaking new ground in proposing a new part-time
post specifically to take forward the Visiting Friend work and broaden the support of
ministry and outreach in the Section. However it was also acting entirely within the
core purposes of FWCC EMES. The first purpose listed in our constitution reads:

         to encourage and strengthen the spiritual life within the Religious Society of
         Friends, and its outreach in the world, through such measures as worship,
         intervisitation, study, conferences and a wide sharing of religious experience

With the needs of small and new groups of Friends particularly in mind the Committee
drew up a proposal for funding for a part-time post. The proposal also included funds
for travel for Visiting Friends, for gatherings and for new on-line study circles to be
developed. We were delighted that Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust agreed to our
proposal and by the end of 2006 the new Ministry and Outreach Facilitator post had
been advertised. (The rest is 2007‟s story)

You might consider an organisation‟s constitution a necessary formality but not
something to return to too often. However I actually find it very helpful to review the
work of EMES in the light of its constitution. This can help us to recognise whether we
are achieving our core purposes – rather than just continuing comfortably with ways of
working which might no longer be relevant.

Another event at which I had a sense of testing the underlying purposes of FWCC
EMES was the annual Peace and Service Consultation held in Brussels in November.
This time the purpose in question is:
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         to encourage and strengthen the spiritual life to promote consultation
         amongst Friends of all cultures, countries and languages. To bring the
         different groups of Friends into intimate touch with one another, seeking their
         common Quaker heritage, sharing experiences and coming to some measure
         of agreement in regard to their attitude to world issues.

Sometimes during my time as Executive Secretary I have wondered whether the EMES
Peace and Service Consultation was achieving enough to justify the organisational
challenges and costs. It brings together representatives of the peace and service
committees and agencies from around the Section, and there are always benefits to be
gained from the networking opportunities and some individuals have expressed how
good it is to stand back from the day to day challenges for a brief period and join a
wider group of European Friends with similar concerns for a period of reflection and
worship. In 2006 I think the weekend achieved more than this. We heard of the
challenges and rewards of providing a Quaker presence in places as far apart as
Moscow and Belfast. We heard of peace witness in various places including a year
long action against the replacement of nuclear submarines in Britain. The Service
Committees, in sharing information about local work and concerns for which more
funding would be needed, decided to embark on an exploration of how they might
cooperate together to identify European sources of funding which could contribute to
joint projects and enhance the Quaker capacity to respond in areas of need. (This too is
work in progress in 2007) As a group, we were aware of the absence of Middle East
Friends. The war in Lebanon had given particular focus to our concerns and sense of
connectedness to Middle East Friends. We heard news of the Friends in Lebanon and
of the Friends International Centre Ramallah and informed one another of the whole
range of projects and other ways in which our different meetings are involved in other
work concerned with the Middle East and with Palestine and Israel in particular. . The
areas of work include advocacy, solidarity, presence, addressing social needs,
promoting reconciliation and raising awareness and campaigning. Several of the
Yearly Meetings and Quaker agencies are exploring how best they can support Friends
and the work of Friends in the Middle East and there will I am sure be new
developments in 2007.

In 2006 I found myself spending more of my time than in previous years on central
work of Friends World Committee for Consultation. We have a wide remit in our
connection with Friends across the world but are few in number engaged to do the
work. There is increasing use of telephone conferences between the Section Secretaries
and other sub-groups of the Central Executive Committee – a cost-effective and
environmentally-friendly way of carrying out the business of FWCC. Nancy Irving as
General Secretary in the world office has carried the heavy burden of continuing the
work without an Associate Secretary. World Office is reviewing the way the
International Membership work is handled, has made major improvements in its web-
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site which now has on it some very useful information on Friends meetings and
Friends projects around the world.. We look forward to the FWCC Triennial in Dublin
in 2007.

At our Annual Meeting in 2007 the exploration of the corporate vision for the work of
FWCC will continue. Other areas identified in 2006 for further consideration are: work
with young people and children, encouragement of border meetings, twinning between
meetings, improved internet communication, and alongside the desire for connection,
intervisitation and gatherings we have to look at the environmental impact of our
activity.

In many parts of our section 2006 has had a very dark side. But we are a people of
faith, believing in the power of love and holding onto hope of a better future. In March
2006 I attended an Ecumenical Conference on the situation in the Middle East. We
heard gloomy talk indeed from bishops and others and yet there was a sense of
commitment to work with, and support, those Palestinians and Israelis committed to a
just and lasting peace. Shirley Williams in summing up the day made a statement
which stayed with me as an inspiration throughout the year:

“As a Christian and as a politician I believe in miracles.”

                                                                    Bronwyn Harwood

Reports from Yearly Meetings, Monthly Meetings and Groups
Belgium and Luxembourg Monthly Meeting
Affiliation   FWCC Europe & Middle East Section
Established   1976
Membership    27 members and over 40 attenders
Meetings      in Brussels, Sundays at 11am
              in Antwerp, 2nd and 3rd Sundays, 11am
              worship group in Luxembourg

We are very happy to report that 2006 saw two Quaker weddings associated with our
Monthly Meeting. The first, a Meeting for Worship organised by our Monthly
Meeting, was held in Aalst on 25 February 2006 to solemnise the marriage of Jean
Vliegen and Anneke Van Bostraeten, both Attenders of our Monthly Meeting. The
Meeting for Worship was attended by approximately 200 people and among them 15
Friends

The marriage between Nicolas Beger and Sheila Swatchek took place in the Lutheran
Church in Ecaussinnes on 30 September. A period of Quaker silence was integrated
into the service and four Friends attended the ceremony.
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On 15 May 2006 Anton Luc Ludo Vliegen was born to Anneke Van Bostraeten and
Jean Vliegen, to our great happiness.

The Children‟s Meeting continues to thrive, with a fluctuating but growing number of
children attending each month.

Many Friends from the Monthly Meeting attended Border Meeting in Strasbourg,
France, this year, which was on the theme of „Meeting our Neighbour: Quaker and
Mennonite views on the Peace Testimony‟.

We continued our support of the Quaker Council for European Affairs in Brussels, and
the Protestant Social Centre in Antwerp. However, after an assessment of our finances
we found it useful to remind Friends that donations were welcome. Our finances are
now more stable but not lavish.

Following much planning we hosted a very enriching and stimulating visit from the
travelling Quaker Quest team on 25 November 2006. After this we agreed that we are
ready for more inreach, but not yet ready for outreach, and that a Residential Meeting
in 2007 and future Meetings for Learning would be suitable to help us further consider
this.

Our Meetings for Learning continued, and were much concerned with preparing the
Monthly Meeting and our representative for the FWCC Triennial Meeting in Dublin in
2007.
                                                                 Kate Macdonald
                                                                   Assistant Clerk

Britain Yearly Meeting
In the early years of Quakerism in the 17 th century, Friends were swimming against the
tide in a way that labelled them as rebellious or even treacherous. Nowadays, most
Friends in Britain are fully paid up members of society, abiding by the rules and
regulations that help to ensure fairness in that society. But that is not always easy: we
are still coming to terms with the requirements of the child protection legislation and,
more recently, with the rules for information security and data protection. We have
also been engaged in a review of our national and local structures (RECAST),
intending that they should be fit for purpose in the 21 st century and responsive to our
concerns. At the same time, the latest laws governing charities will make us
answerable to the Charity Commission for the way in which the Society is run. As a
result, we have been considering the increased responsibilities laid upon Trustees of
charities and the impact on our understanding of trusteeship. After being deeply
exercised by these issues in 2005, Yearly Meeting in 2006 agreed to the appointment
of a small group of Trustees, in faith that their work will be rooted in service, not in
power. It is reassuring that Friends find it needful to wrestle with these changes to our
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traditional ways; nevertheless, we can learn from the suggested good practice which is
being asked of us.

The new arrangements for Trusteeship will liberate Meeting for Sufferings from many
duties, enabling it, in the words of the 2006 Epistle, "to take on a visionary and
prophetic role for the life of the Yearly Meeting, to draw our whole community
together and release the synergy we create, to work better for the world". This
leadership from our executive body will reinforce what is already happening in Quaker
meetings around Britain, where, if not rebellious, Friends are at the very least
subversive in witnessing to the Kingdom of God on Earth. Growing numbers of
Friends are expressing their deep unease about political management in Britain, such
as the decision to go to war in Iraq. This is leading to some impatience with the
careful processes of the Society of Friends which delay the issuing of any statement on
behalf of Quakers nationally or locally. Friends are campaigning vigorously to Make
Poverty History and against the replacement of the delivery system for the Trident
missiles. Meetings are acting on their growing concern about climate change and
joining in developing green responses such as the Living Witness Project. Individual
Quakers, with the support of their meetings, have undertaken service as Ecumenical
Accompaniers in Palestine/Israel and in Circles of Accountability, which offer support
to released offenders. Britain Yearly Meeting heard from a number of its home and
overseas project workers, and their witness to the value of our mediation and peace-
building skills helped to make our gathering in 2006 spiritually nourishing.

There is much evidence of adventurous spiritual development in our Quaker
communities. Work with children is blossoming, with the support of the Travelling
Team. Junior Yearly Meeting continues to transform the lives of young Friends aged
16-18 and Young Friends General Meeting grows in confidence and influence - their
eldership and oversight systems are well suited to the support of their changing
community. Many meetings have enjoyed holding meetings for worship to celebrate
the civil partnerships of some of their members. In the context of our Testimony to
Equality, Friends are beginning to consider how to encourage further changes in the
law enabling partnerships to be registered within a meeting for worship, as are
marriages. Many Friends have participated in the study course entitled "Hearts and
Minds Prepared", developed by Woodbrooke and now being used in other Yearly
Meetings. This strengthened sense of Quaker identity gives confidence to Friends
when telling others about Quakerism: Outreach is of great concern in Britain and more
and more meetings are adapting "Quaker Quest" to their local situation. This outreach
programme was developed by meetings in London and has become a beacon for
others. We are reminded of what Quakerism can offer: "A way of worship that is
inclusive; testimonies that…could save the world; faith that isn't dogmatic; a
prophetic faith, that looks for God - and for growth - in a world of change." (extracts
from a talk to Meeting for Sufferings by Roy Stephenson)
                                                                        Rachel Malloch
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Czech Republic, Prague Worship Group
2006 has been a year of growth for the Prague Worship Group (PWG). Highlights
from the year include hosting the annual Central and Eastern Europe regional gathering
of Friends, visits from international Friends, and increased outreach efforts.

Growth For many years, a handful of Czech seekers met together once a month at the
Prague YMCA. In recent years, the number of regular attenders has increased to
typically 5-10 Friends (or friends of Friends) every two weeks. Two Czechs, Eugen
Schart and Pavel Marusinec, in 2006 became International Members under FWCC.
Pavel and Roman Branberger both attended enrichment courses at Woodbrooke Study
Center, who shared their deepening with PWG.

Several Friends from around the world, including the UK, Australia, the USA, and
Germany, visited with us for various periods of time. Prague is a popular destination
for tourists and for international conferences, and Friends are always welcome to join
us for worship if they are passing through Central Europe. We were also blessed in the
last couple years with the birth of several babies to attenders, thus increasing our group
at the lower end of the age spectrum.

With the growth in number of attenders, the group has become more organized. The
bi-weekly meeting for worship is followed by fellowship and discussion of business.
To help facilitate meeting for worship and business the group appointed Benjamin Vail
as clerk.

Annual meeting The annual regional gathering in Cesky Sternberk from April 28 to
May 1 was a success. The whole PWG worked together to organize and execute the
meeting, but special acknowledgement must be given to Roman Branberger, Pavel
Marusinec and Eugen Schart for their efforts. More than 30 participants from
countries including Czech Republic, Hungary, the UK, Germany, Austria, Poland, the
USA, France, and Italy attended. The meeting theme was the Quaker testimony of
simplicity.

Bronwyn Harwood and Tony Fitt represented FWCC, and contributed to the program
with talks about Quaker faith and practice. The two central speakers were Czech
theologian Jindrich Halama of Charles University and mathematician and ecologist Jiri
Necas. The meeting was made possible by the generous financial support of FWCC.

Outreach efforts As a small meeting still in the formative stages, we have made some
efforts to advertise our existence and inform potentially interested people about
Quakers. The prime medium for outreach has been development of our webpage,
www.kvakeri.cz. We have found that numerous traveling friends have discovered our
existence through our listing on the FWCC-EMES webpage, and several non-Czechs
living in Prague have found us the same way.
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We have been advertising in newspapers as well – mentioning the webpage as a start to
learn about PWG and contact us for further information.

A critical aspect of outreach and Quaker enrichment has been the translation of
numerous Quaker-related texts into Czech, mostly by Pavel Marusinec and his wife
Irena. It is vital to be able to provide literature in Czech to anyone interested in
Friends.

Plans for development As a small but growing group, we agree there are a number of
important topics we need to address to continue to develop as a spiritual community.

First of all, we wish to develop our knowledge and understanding of Quaker faith and
practice. We hope that British Friends will soon make available the “Hearts and Minds
Prepared” course to us so we can learn more.

We have begun to discuss ways that we can take action within Czech society, to
witness to Quaker faith and values through service. However, we are not yet led in a
clear direction in this regard. Some of us have individually taken steps to serve our
neighbors through acts such as free language lessons, but we have yet to engage in
service as a group.

With the birth of several babies, and since several attenders have children ranging in
age from young children to teens, we are concerned to make people of all ages
welcome to PWG and to minister to children. The question of providing First Day
attention to children, in the form of activities and education, raises other questions
about where we should meet and how to minister to children. We are also discussing
how to provide Quaker-related education to the adults in PWG.

Finally, the question arises how we may continue to institutionalize our group and,
when the time is appropriate, to seek status as a formative meeting under care of an
established Yearly Meeting.

We pray that as we continue to enlarge and develop we may deepen our spiritual life as
individuals and as a community.
                                                                            Ben Vail

Finland Yearly Meeting
We are very pleased to report that 2006 the average number of people attending
Meeting for Worship increased again. In Helsinki on Sundays, usually between 4 and
8, and the meeting room has been quite full a few times which means 15 persons or so.
Worshipping groups also meet monthly in Tampere, near Oulu, and now in Turku too.
In Tampere the group consists of about 8 to12 attenders who meet in premises made
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available for their meetings by the local Lutherans. Members from Helsinki have
visited the Tampere meeting every couple of months. The meetings near Oulu alternate
between the homes of two Friends, which are 200km apart, about every second month.
The meetings in Turku are just finding their rhythm and intend to be fortnightly in the
home of Friends.

In 2006 there were two new Friends in membership at our meeting, including one
transfer from Sweden Yearly Meeting.

Early in the year we were pleased to re-connect with Viittakivi, where we had a
weekend gathering for worship and fellowship with our visiting Friend, David
Blamires. Part of the weekend was to offer some voluntary service at Viittakivi, and
we met with old and new friends in the Viittakivi community.

Another community building event was for a group of Friends from FYM to travel
together to Estonia and meet a group of Friends in Tallin for Meeting for Worship and
a wonderful shared meal. We felt this gave energy to both our small groups and had
ideas for future contact.

The matter of publishing a regular newsletter with spiritual content continues to be a
challenge and we are aiming to have a more informative „newsy‟ email newsletter each
alternate month, in order to inform Friends around Finland of our activities. For the
second consecutive year, we participated in the popular weekend-long fair organised
under the auspices of the Finnish Service Centre for Development Cooperation, a
service base for Finnish NGOs interested in development work and global issues. This
has been an annual event for some years in Helsinki but 2005 was the first time that the
Quakers have been represented there. We distributed information about Friends in
English and Finnish and talked to interested persons.

This past year, we have continued to receive a number of visitors from around the
world, many of whom stay a short while in our small apartment in Helsinki. Again we
were able to offer a small contribution for one junior young Friend to attend a
gathering of Quaker young people in UK. We are pleased that our Clerk will be
attending the European clerk‟s conference in Woodbrooke in February. All of these
contacts add energy to our meeting.
                                                                          Jane Rose

France Yearly Meeting
During the past year we have been pleased to welcome six new members. Two
members have died.

We now have thirteen worship groups, one more than last year. There is now a group
in Dijon which plans a programme of meetings each semester.
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The Strasbourg group is becoming more and more involved. Mike Zipster was our
representative to Britain Yearly Meeting and also played an active role in the
organisation of the Border meeting held in Strasbourg in September. Didier Khalig has
contributed to the organisation, and reflection on the structure of, our Yearly Meeting.
This reflection has been an important part of the work of our Executive Committee
during the year.

The Langue d‟Oc group now hold Meeting for Worship twice a month and attendance
at the bi-monthly meetings of the Côte d‟Azur group is growing.

The group at the International Quaker Centre in Paris is the only one in the country to
hold meeting for worship every week on Sundays and in addition once a month there is
a mid-week meeting.

In Midi-Pyrenées there three worship groups each meeting once a month. Some
members are prepared to travel hundreds of kilometres in order to attend meeting for
worship twice in the month.

The very small group in Normandy contributes to the life of the whole Yearly Meeting
as it has taken on the publication of the newsletter, Entre Amis, which helps isolated
Friends to keep in contact.

Members of the two groups in Britanny have contributed to the life of the Yearly
Meeting: Georges Dobinson, through his report on the Epistles from other Yearly
Meetings; and Joy Liengaard and Maarten Bronkhorst through their active
participation in international meetings and in peace actions.

Yvette Roux faithfully continues to hold meeting for worship once a month in her
home in Besancon.

The great potential of France Yearly Meeting lies in the breadth of our dispersal across
the country. But this is also our problem: with transport and engagement in shared
actions being particular difficulties.

There have been four meetings of the Executive Committee. These meetings are open
to all those who hold responsibility for the local groups.

Two retreats were organised by the Langue d‟Oc group, three by Midi-Pyrenées and
one by the new group in Dijon.

Midi-Pyrenées is the only group which has regular arrangements for children. The
family camp this year attracted participants from as far away as Paris and even Britain.
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Our Visiting Friend, Judith Roads, who took up her role on 1 January 2006, travelled
amongst Friends in South East France.

Our “Assemblée Annuelle” in August is a great source of inspiration and is enriched
by the presence of Friends visiting from other Yearly Meetings.
                                                                       Axel Jensen

German Yearly Meeting
German Friends felt comfortable with World Cup Football motto “die Welt zu Gast bei
Freunden”, meaning, loosely translated, “the world made welcome by friends”. The F
is always capital in German! Attendance at the YM Executive meeting on June 30 was
lower than usual during the hours when Germany was playing Argentina. Equally
exciting to watch was the match played on the playing fields of Schloss Schney during
Yearly Meeting -younger Friends v. older Friends. In good Quaker tradition, female
players were able to demonstrate their competence on these mixed teams.

Several reports have commented the value of playing together. At the family
gathering at Hirschluch in idyllic summer weather, children and adults together acted
out scenes from St Exupery‟s “The Little Prince”. All comment on the happy
atmosphere of understanding and trust established there. There is a move away from
“keeping the children quiet”, in rigidly defined age groups. In Langenburg at the joint
regional meeting of Bavarian and Southwestern Friends, activities were planned, or
were allowed to evolve, in which children of all ages could cooperate. The Children
and Young People‟s Committee is meeting now to give deeper consideration the future
direction of its work.

Highlight for many Young Friends was the Easter Gathering in a hay hotel in
Benkendorf. They slept (or didn‟t sleep?) in a hay-filled barn, catering and cooking for
themselves. Their theme was “community”, and despite physical discomforts they felt
they did achieve a strong sense of community. Later in the year canoeing holidays
took place in Mecklenburg West-Pomerania, and, together with Belarussian
youngsters, in Belarussia. As usual a bigger group of Young Friends enjoyed seeing
each other at Yearly Meeting. Four of them had attended the Youth Pilgrimage in the
USA, and gave lively reports.

Friends from the region “East” were responsible for planning Yearly Meeting held at
Schloss Schney, in Bavaria. They worked hard to find accommodation for all the 208
participants, including 52 children and teenagers. The theme was “Quakers in
Germany in the 20th Century”. Gisela Faust of Berlin gave the Cary lecture, describing
very simply and straightforwardly her memories of over eighty years of living as a
Quaker in Germany. Her principle has always been “take upon you what God lays at
your door”. Her story painted a picture of the challenges she and her family faced,
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requiring courage, trust in God, and the support of the Quaker community at home and
abroad. On the Saturday evening, we had a hotly contested quiz on German Quaker
history. It provided opportunity for Friends who had lived through hunger,
dictatorship, war and separation to relate something of their lives. Friends born either
later or elsewhere listened open-mouthed to some of these stories.

Themes of regional gatherings, retreats and border meetings have often centred around
the question: “how do I as an individual find the strength and inspiration to live out
the Quaker testimonies in everyday life?”. Sometimes this has meant looking at how to
improve the life of the local meeting, to make it more of a power-house. In
Langenburg they explored the power of change, both in personal life, and in ways of
influencing environmental politics. Other themes have included attitudes to work, both
paid and unpaid; the feasibility of worshipping without dogmas, rituals and
sacraments; and outreach, including questions about what we personally can say about
God to enquirers. And because of the volume of business, and the shortage of clerks,
meetings have had to be set aside for simply coping with outstanding business.

I have felt a sense of the Yearly Meeting as a family, although our occasional lack of
discipline does cause some grey hairs for our new clerks, Jalka and Maurice. As in a
family, we don‟t always get along together, but we keep trying. The use of the
clearness committee to look at the rightness of important moves in life is gaining
acceptance. It has been a year for family celebrations. The meeting house in Bad
Pyrmont has gone on providing a worthy setting for funerals and memorial meetings.
Our warden Leonie brings a special dignity and love to these occasions, helping us to
give thanks for the lives of departed Friends. But Bad Pyrmont is equally suitable for
Quaker weddings, both for the meeting for worship and the feast, as many of us were
privileged to experience in May. And equally positive; several meetings have made
specific mention of the joy of welcoming a new baby into their community.

As members of the wider family, we had looked forward to sending a delegate to
Middle East Yearly Meeting in September, and were deeply troubled to read the
reports of the devastation in the Lebanon. Deeply troubled too because our words
intended to comfort and support could only express our helplessness and inadequacy.
All that we seemed to be able to do was to remember them in our times of worship;
and to redouble our efforts to work for peace wherever we are. In November a group
organised by Quäkerhilfe visited Israel and Palestine, renewing friendships and
looking at Quäkerhilfe-supported projects. Their report describes their amazement that,
despite the seeming hopelessness of the political situation, so many people go on being
involved in so many ways of working towards peaceful coexistence.

                                                                          Janet Kreysa
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Austria Quarterly Meeting
Vienna Friends meetings for worship were held during 2006 like in previous years,
monthly on first and third Sundays. Our clerkship was entrusted to Crispa Aeschbach
Jachmann, our youngest member. One of our quarterly meetings gathered jointly with
Bavarian Friends. We are grateful to travelling Friends who took the opportunity to get
in touch with our small group.

Our Open House events were continued with themes such as "A Quaker personality
who influenced me" (Corder Catchpool being one of them), "The creeping
militarization of the European Union," or "Quakers and Nazis." Susanne Jalka was
able to report on her project Imagine Peace and its exhibitions.

Two of us went for short courses offered in Woodbrooke. Several of us participated in
the Central East European Gathering of Friends in Šternberk near Prague. Our
interfaith contacts took a new turn with (a) a friendly visit by a catholic theologian who
had become acquainted with Quakers during his studies in the US, and (b) an invitation
to talk about Quakers in the context of a course on ecumenism.

                                                                           Ewald Eichler

Hungary, Budapest Worship Group
2006 saw a lot of activities. We went on a bus study tour of Vojvodina on 24 March to
mark the anniversary of the NATO bombings of Novi Sad with our peaceful and
friendly visit. Then during the hottest days of the summer, at the end of June, we ‟set
up‟ a work-camp in Vera‟s flat in Novi Sad and accepted her generous hospitality
while offering support to the Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation in the town.
Vojvodina is a special county of Serbia, multi-ethnic and multicultural.

We were taken by what we heard from the leader of EHO: a truly inclusive ecumenical
spirit prevailed in Novi Sad during the war and embraced not only the numerous local
Christian denominations but also the Jewish and Muslim communities.

A happy international team of ours, Franco Perna from Italy and Cathy Butler from
Britain included, was prepared to do any odd jobs for EHO from cleaning mouldy
wheel-chairs to sorting out donated baby-clothes. A retired lady-doctor, who helped us
in many ways, remarked when we said good-bye to her, “I want to join you, Quakers.”

During the „Study tour‟ in the village of Kishegyes, we met a couple who also
expressed interest in Quakerism. What to them also matters is a reality of love in
action.
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With the help of the money that we had got from Hall Green Meeting, Birmingham,
for our Serbian project, we invited all these three people for a huge Meeting in
Budapest in October. After the Meeting we all had supper together in a nearby
restaurant and did some preliminary planning.

People in Kishegyes are very keen to have a window on the world. They would love to
get Quakers to come and can accommodate up to 20 people with families. They have
asked us to set up a work-camp to beautify the village through planting trees and
flowers.

To answer their request, an international team is being set up consisting of some local
young people, some members of the Budapest Worship Group and some Young
Friends from Europe. Being able to practise the English language is an additional asset
to the local young people. The camp is scheduled for the week before Easter 2007.

The Border Meeting with Austrian Friends is now an institution. In the past few years
we have been invited to Vienna in Advent for a joint Meeting. This time we have
invited Austrian Friends to Budapest for 13-14 January. We hope to enlarge this
Border Meeting into a ‟Meeting on the Danube‟ through extending the invitation to our
Bratislava Friends.

All these activities contribute to the cohesion of the group. It is felt, however, that
our spiritual roots should also be “watered” and the right balance found again and
again between action and reflection.

P.S. Much of the credit for the work camp is due to Zsuzsa's work over the past several
years in laying the foundation, finding contacts in Vojvadina and making a personal
commitment to the project. The Budapest Meeting has also been happy to have a
number of visitors: Kathy Butler (who is really part of our meeting by now); Major
Thomas from the Santa Rosa Meeting in Northern California, who has also become a
regular visitor; Avis Swarbrick from Edinburgh; and two Young Friends from the
Quaker Youth Pilgrimage, Celia Davies from Lancaster, and Rici Marshall from
Wales. We love to have visitors!!
                                                                          Berne Weiss

Ireland Yearly Meeting
Irish Friends are gradually settling down in their new Headquarters in Rathfarnham in
the southern suburbs of Dublin. We love the view and the atmosphere of the gardens of
Bloomfield Care Centre, the Quaker run Mental Hospital and Nursing Home situated
next door. The one problem remains the lack of public transport. We had a special
Meeting for Worship to mark the opening of Quaker House in March and were very
pleased the Mary McAleese, President of Ireland and her husband were able to be
present.
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Yearly meeting took place in April in Dublin and was once again a nice opportunity
for Friends and others to come together. We are still struggling to complete the update
of our version of “Christian Experience”- a struggle which reflects the diversity of
views amongst Friends within Ireland YM.

Our residential centre at Moyallen in Northern Ireland has been completed and was
officially opened in September. We hope it will be a meeting point for Friends and
others from both North and South of Ireland and from all corners of Europe.

Our work for reconciliation in Northern Ireland continues although we have sold the
residence in Belfast known as Quaker House and now operate from an office. Quaker
Cottage continues to be a meeting point for many who have been touched by the
trouble in the community. Work at the Prison Visitors Centres continues in the North
and also at prisons in the Dublin area. Irish friends have been lobbying the Irish
Television Service about the degree of violence on their programmes.

The work for the big “event” continues. We are all looking forward to hosting the 2007
Triennial from August 11th to August 19th. We expect 330 Friends from all over the
world to attend at Kings Hospital School near Dublin and the Local Area Committee
has been planning and fund raising to ensure that the Triennial is a success. Getting
visas for African and Indian Friends will be an important element of this success. The
theme of the Triennial is “Finding the prophetic voice for our times”. Please pray and
reflect on this theme whether you are coming or not.
                                                                      Irish EMES reps

Latvia Recognised Meeting
There were two very important events in our Quaker live in 2006. One was the
acknowledgement of Latvia Recognised Meeting in March and the other was the
Woodbrooke-on-the-Road course 'Coming Home to Friends' last May in Liepaja with
39 participants from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, German
and England. After the article about our Meeting in May issue of The Friend we
received invitations from Meetings in England to visit Friends in summer and autumn,
which along with attending courses at Woodbrooke has brought new inspirations and
was a very important experience for Latvian Friends.

Latvian Quaker groups were holding their regular meetings in the 3 biggest cities of
Latvia – Riga, Liepaja and Daugavpils. On the 3rd Sunday of every month Latvian
Friends have had their meeting for business in Liepaja and Friends from Riga and
Daugavpils travel as far as 500 km to participate.
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There were some attenders and candidates who left our group. Evaluation of each case
gave our Meeting deeper understanding and clearness about our goals and being
grounded in the Quaker way.

This year the priority for our Meeting was translations from English into Latvian from
the “Quaker Faith and Practice” book and some other Quaker publications. For the
next year we have set outreach as our priority. Our Quaker groups in Riga and Liepaja
have already taken the first step by moving out for meetings for worship from private
apartments to public facilities where we are able to invite more enquirers and seekers.

At the end of the year the Committee for organization of the Annual Baltic Friends
Gathering in May 2007 in Liepaja was appointed and it has started the work.

The year was completed with the application to FWCC EMES and IMC for
recognition of the Latvia Monthly Meeting.
                                                           Inese Ansule

Russia, Moscow Monthly Meeting
The year 2006 was very fruitful in different ways for our small community. Many
Moscow Friends know each other for many years and we feel more and more as a
united spiritual family. Last year we made four special statements:
1. concerning cartoons with images of Muhammad;
2. the appeal for peace during Israeli-Arab military conflict last summer;
3. the appeal for protection of human rights of Georgians living in Russia;
4. the minute against unjustified execution of Saddam Hussein.
I would like to underline that we produced ourstatement before the execution was
done. Our statements were widely distributed through Russian Internet.

Many Moscow Friends appreciated a stay with us in early April of Visiting Friend for
Russia Tamara Dragadze.

I would mention another very important event in our lives: the gathering of Russian
Friends with Bronwyn Harwood in early November consecrated to the theme of the
22nd FWCC Triennial "Finding the prophetic voice for our time". We invited two
Georgian Friends and one friend of Friends from Pskov district to take part in. Moscow
Friends feel that this deep and spiritual discussion was very helpful for internal growth
of our community.
                                                                         Misha Roshchin
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Middle East Yearly Meeting, Ramallah Monthly Meeting
Friends International Centre, Ramallah
The Friends International Center in Ramallah (FICR) is a ministry of the Ramallah
Friends Meeting in partnership with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Baltimore Yearly
Meeting and concerned Friends and others in the US and around the world. FICR was
founded in March 2005 as a result of a Quaker consultation in Ramallah attended by
Friends from abroad involved in the restoration of the Ramallah Meetinghouse and
Annex and local Friends and sojourners. The consultation discerned next steps for the
use of the newly restored buildings and articulated a vision and program direction for
FICR.

FICR’s founding vision statement is:
The Friends International Center in Ramallah exists to unite in one place:
 1. a space for sacred worship after the manner of Friends to which all are welcome;
 2. a safe and supportive environment in which residents in Ramallah can come
     together to work towards a better future in an atmosphere of faith and hope;
 3. a vehicle through which Friends and other people of goodwill can connect with
and provide support to those in the region who are striving to build a future of peace
and justice.
To these ends, the International Friends Center in Ramallah offers a ministry of
hospitality; creates an atmosphere of care and respect in which positive, civic, and
civil discourse can be pursued; and is a witness to hope and reconciliation in a region
where despair and violence have too often reigned. In all this we seek to express the
deepest values and highest aspirations of the Quaker faith.

The Quaker consultation in Ramallah identified three areas for FICR work:
       1. to lift up and nurture a Quaker presence in Ramallah;
       2. to find ways to enrich and support the local community; and
       3. to hold up and further peace and justice issues in the community.

After the consultation:
The FICR Steering Committee began to raise funds in order to bring a fulltime staff
person to live and work in Ramallah. Kathy Bergen was identified as the staff person
and came to live in the Annex and work as the program coordinator of FICR on April
4, 2006. Prior to that Jean Zaru, the Presiding Clerk of the Ramallah Friends Meeting,
took on the responsibility for all activities at FICR, in addition to her role as Presiding
Clerk and many other activities she was called to do by the international community
abroad and by others locally.

There are many NGOs and civil society organizations in Palestine working on the
issues that concern Palestinian society, however, the fact that FICR was established as
a ministry of the Ramallah Friends Meeting, gives it a spiritual base and a unique
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position and mandate. All work and programs of FICR are carried out within the
framework of Quaker values, theology, and principles.

The Ramallah Friends Meeting
Meeting for Worship, held every Sunday morning at 10:30 is where Friends and others
find spiritual nourishment and support. It is from this base that the Friends Center
came into being and continues to develop its work.

The number of Quakers in Ramallah is currently small but the Quaker presence is felt
and appreciated by the community. Many families have emigrated and are living in
various countries around the world. Meeting for Worship has been attended by as few
as two and as many as thirty-five persons in recent months and is always a rich
experience. The Meeting has had visitors of many faiths attending, as well as
Palestinians from the Ramallah and Jerusalem area. Quakers living in Jerusalem have
found it difficult to attend because of Israeli travel restrictions. Internationals working
with the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and the World Council of Churches
Ecumenical Accompaniment Program for Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) often attend.
After Meeting for Worship participants gather for tea and discussion in order to foster
community and dialogue.

To complement the newly restored Meetinghouse and Annex, Ramallah Friends
Meeting itself undertook to repair and refinish the benches that had been in the
Meetinghouse for decades. The Meeting found an excellent craftsman who showed
real care for the benches from the moment he began to work with them.

Since the Program Coordinator’s Arrival in April 2006:
In April 2006 Kathy Bergen took up residence in the Annex, adjacent to the
Meetinghouse, and became the Program Coordinator. Kathy is Canadian and brings to
this position 25 years of work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has just
completed twelve years of service with the American Friends Service Committee as
the National Coordinator of the Middle East Peacebuilding Program. Prior to moving
to the US, she worked in Geneva as the Director of the International Coordinating
Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ICCP) and lived and worked in
Jerusalem with the Mennonite Central Committee and OCSD/Quebec for nine years
prior to Geneva. She is reviving her spoken Arabic.

Kathy works closely with Jean Zaru, the Presiding Clerk and members of Ramallah
Friends Meeting to develop the facilities and grounds of the Meetinghouse and to plan
activities and develop programs that are unique to Quaker values, principles and
practices.

The Center has hosted many international groups who ask to hear Jean Zaru speak.
Others come to hear about Quakerism, the history of Quakers in Palestine and the work
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of FICR. In June FICR hosted an Earlham Alumni group lead by Tony Bing, a
study/workcamp lead by Max and Jane Carter, and a Baltimore Yearly Meeting Young
Friends group led by Lamar Mathew and Hope Braveheart. Tony, Max, Jane, and
Lamar are members of the Center‟s Steering Committee.

Local like-minded groups have used the Center for meetings and workshops, including
Al-Kamandjati, a non-profit organization founded to promote music education among
Palestinian youth, gave a classical concert.

In addition to networking with like-minded groups, we have hosted numerous
individuals who want to know more about Friends, the Quaker presence in Ramallah,
and the current situation in Palestine and Israel. From November 10 to December
Lorie and Wilbur Wood, a retired Quaker couple from Vancouver, Washington,
volunteered their time to help out in many ways. FICR has organized lectures on issues
of interest to the community, including Rosemary Radford Ruether speaking about
“American Empire and the War against Evil” and Don Wagner speaking about
“Christian Zionism and its Impact on US Policy in the Middle East.” Other talks are
planned.

We now have a website and an electronic newsletter. If you would like to receive the
newsletter, please e-mail us at ficr@palnet.com.
                                                                      Kathy Bergen

Middle East Yearly Meeting, Brummana Monthly Meeting
Brummana Monthly Meeting continued to meet regularly on the Brummana High
School premises despite the war, assassination and political turmoil that encompassed
the Lebanon in 2006.

2006 was one of the most difficult years for the Lebanon. We had the war in July, the
assassination of the minister of Industry Pierre El Jemayel and the political problem
that divided the country.

All above contributed in making life extremely difficult not only for the Brummana
Quakers, Brummana High School, but for all Lebanese people.

During the July / August war, the Brummana Monthly Meeting through its members
did all what they could to help the one million refugees that left the South seeking
refuge from the bombing and fighting.

We were very disappointed that in Sept 2006, the MEYM was postponed due to the
war. We are happy to reschedule it for Sept 2007, if the situation permits.
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We had over 50 people from outside Lebanon that registered to attend the MEYM in
2006.

Unfortunately, 2007 does not look good for Lebanon. Although the war with Israel
ended, it left the country divided.

We witnessed on January 23rd and 27th civil unrest that could have plunged the country
in a civil war similar to the one stated in 1975 and ended 1990. We are very worried
for the future of Lebanon and the co-existence of its several religions. The Monthly
Meeting is also aware of our limited resources to help in times of crises but we are
doing as much as we can as a meeting and as individuals.

The Quaker Peace Testimony overshadowed all other testimonies due to the tense
situation prevailing in the Lebanon. The monthly meeting is trying its best to spread
the peace testimony among Brummana High School students, parents and teachers and
in the community where we are located.

Brummana Monthly Meeting with the financial assistance and help of Pardshaw MM
are in the process of finalizing the visit of Elizabeth Lawrence to come to Brummana
High School to lecture and conduct workshops for students, teachers and the local
community on conflict resolution. Brummana High School, through its principal Dr.
Walid Khoury, is organizing and coordinating with Elizabeth the whole program.

We are certain that the visit of Elizabeth will be extremely beneficial under the existing
unrest in Lebanon.

BMM would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Quaker meetings and friends
that flooded us with their well wishes and offers to help during the war and the present
situation in the Lebanon.
                                                                       Sabah Nagib Baz

Netherlands Yearly Meeting
The year 2006 was a special one for Netherlands Yearly Meeting. At our Yearly
Meeting in May we celebrated 350 years of Quakerism in the Netherlands and
Netherlands Yearly Meeting‟s 75th birthday.

Netherlands Yearly Meeting, then called Amsterdam Yearly Meeting, was the fifth
recognised Yearly Meeting in the world in the seventeenth century. In the course of
time, mainly because many Friends emigrated to places like Pennsylvania, this first
Yearly Meeting died out. In 1931 Netherlands Yearly Meeting was re-founded. We
celebrated this at our Yearly Meeting session with a proper birthday cake with candles
and all!
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The theme at our Yearly Meeting was „Touched by the Light: 75 years of inspiration
by the Inward Light, from history to future’. The meeting was well attended and lively.
We enjoyed the presence and contributions of our children. We also felt enriched by
the presence of visitors from Britain Yearly Meeting, German Yearly Meeting and the
Latvian Quaker group. We heard enthusiastic reports from those attending the World
Gathering of Young Friends, Junior Yearly Meeting, Britain Yearly Meeting and
German Yearly Meeting, as well as Annual Meeting of EMES. This reminded us once
more of being part of the worldwide family of Friends.

During interactive group sessions on our theme lots of ideas were developed to
strengthen and renew our Yearly Meeting. The Hague MM has been very active lately.
Their clerk visited Woodbrooke and with help produced a web-site, pamphlets, a big
poster in the window and various translations from English into Dutch. On top of that
Friends in The Hague organised meetings for youngsters, for attenders and worship
sharing groups. At our annual meeting we felt very inspired by this example. As a
result we are now looking at possibilities to produce more information on Quakers in
Dutch, have begun revising our version of Quaker Faith and Practice -which dates back
to the 1930‟s- and developing our skills in outreach. In November therefore we had a
special session at Woodbrookershuis in Barchem where Jennie Levin (Woodbrooke)
and Steve Cappleman (BYM) gave us an intensive course on outreach. Members from
all four monthly meetings got together in small groups to think of possibilities in their
own situation. So now we all have a lot of homework to do.

Last but not least, we are looking forward in the new year when at the
Woodbrookershuis in Barchem Netherlands YM will host the Annual Meeting of
EMES during Easter 2007.

                                                               Kees Nieuwerth, clerk
                                  Martine Kuipers and Inge Herrebout, representatives

Norway Yearly Meeting
Norway Yearly Meeting (NYM) continues to enjoy a stable membership of
approximately 140 members and is thankful for an economic situation that for 2006
can be described as stable.

New for 2006 is that Oslo Monthly Meeting moved in November to a new location in
Oslo, Grønland 12, a short walk from the main train and bus stations. The new address
is: Vennenes Samfunn Kvekerne, Oslo Monthly Meeting, Grønland 12, 4th floor, 0188
Oslo. The new location allows for a larger office space for Quaker Service Norway, a
separate children‟s room and a much needed entry room for coats, shoes/boots and
bags.
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In addition, Norway Yearly Meeting has in 2006 begun working on a book of Faith
and Practice for Norway Yearly Meeting. Topics addressed so far are two: marriage
and partnership, and funerals.

Visits to our internet pages increased significantly in 2006, 39% more than in 2005.
The visits are also more evenly distributed throughout the year than they have been in
the past. We continue to receive inquiries by email and to some extent in person, for
example from students writing reports for school.

NYM has an active youth group and a large children‟s group. In October 2006 we
again held the annual weekend gathering for all ages in the mountains focusing on
being together, worship and experiencing nature. In 2006 the largest number of
attenders ever participated, approx. 40 participants from 3 months to over 70 years of
age.

Significant numbers of children and youths also attend the yearly meeting and are an
integrated part of the four days of activities. This year the three Nordic Yearly
Meetings held their annual gatherings at the same time in Kungälv, Sweden and
focused on the theme Inner and outer peace; How do we achieve inner peace? How do
we achieve outer peace? How do our differing traditions appear?

                                                                          Judy Rangnes

Spain, Barcelona Monthly Meeting
Barcelona MM has continued to quietly and slowly thrive throughout 2006. The
stability of having a regular and relatively central place to meet at the Centre for
Religious Traditions has led us to consider trying to meet twice a month instead of
once, and to desires and attempts to formalise more aspects of the Meeting. This
includes having a more regular Meeting for business and more time for sharing and
being together at a shared meal, for example. As always we have also been enriched by
visitors throughout the year.

Particular highpoints include several members of the group working together with
Harvey Gilman to welcome and sustain Young Friends, who chose Barcelona for their
Easter gathering. This was reported to be a successful, enjoyable and very rich time by
those who participated. One of our members, Barbara Hollerbach, spent time learning
of the AVP in South Africa, and gave us a short talk about it with the hope of finding a
way of taking up the project in Spain. We were very happy to see Elizabeth Morris, our
visiting Friend, in October, and always grateful for the exchange and help that our
relationship with her brings. Caroline Wilson went to Woodbrooke in September to
participate in a course of translators which was also a great way to establish contact
with others from small European Meetings and also Latin America.
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Overall, there is a lot of joy within the Meeting, a sense that little by little, we are
finding a way through change, and new arrivals; seeds are being planted and now is
perhaps a time for us to find the best ways to nurture them.

                                                                       Caroline Wilson

Spain, Madrid Worship Group
Some of you might remember Chispa. From time to time she used to report about our
Meeting, with a very good sense of humour in our old newsletter “Whispers”. She was
a very faithful “member”, as she has attended Meeting with Carmen for 16 years. She
was a very playful dog and she welcomed everybody to Meeting but, while in silence,
she was very much centred. She acted very often as clerk of the Meeting giving us the
signal for the end of it. I don‟t know how she knew the hour was over. We miss her
very much.

We also have good news: Ana and David, our Mexican Friends had their first child,
Lola. She is a charming baby and she attends Meeting regularly with her parents.

Along 2006 we have had several visitors:
Betsy White, clerk of Brentford and Isleworth Meeting in April, (Josefina‟s meeting);
Elizabeth Morris, visiting Friend of EMES, in October; Libby Perkins, member of
IMC, in December. We thank them all for their support.

Adie Prince, from Canberra Meeting, was not a visitor but stayed with us for nine
months. She came to practice and learn more Spanish while she taught English. When
she left she wrote this: “I was delighted to find a Quaker contact in Catholic Spain on
the internet shortly after I arrived in Madrid from Australia. And even more so when it
turned out that the meetings were held quite close to my place. It was snowy and cold
when Carmen picked me up in her car for the first meeting. Over the next months I
enjoyed getting to know her, her dog Chispa, and the other beautiful people: Josefina,
Ana and David. They are a hospitable group, open-minded, well-travelled, kind and
patient with my stumbling Spanish. My daughter remarked on the absurdity of a silent
Quaker meeting when I really wanted to improve my Spanish, but the truth is that these
meetings became one of the highlights in my week. I treasured the opportunity to
quieten myself and listen to the Spirit, and that in the company of like-minded people.
It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to them all. I thank them for all they have
been to me this year. Blessings on every one of them!”. We miss Adie, her
cheerfulness and faithfulness to the Meeting.

Eszter Pócsy, attender of Budapest worship group, has joined us. She is working in
Madrid and plans to stay in Spain for a long time.
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Changes in our Meeting: we keep having half an hour of study. But instead of using
the Book of Discipline of BYM as we used to do we study the Bible. Ana leads it
according to the programmed tradition, followed by Meeting for Worship.

                                  Ana, David, baby Lola, Josefina, Eszter and Carmen

Sweden Yearly Meeting
Things are going well for Sweden YM. We gain new young members and we have a
good fellowship. Though a small meeting (some 100 members) meeting for worship is
held regularly in at least five places in Sweden and Finland. Besides meeting for
worship, there have been retreats, study circles and days on special themes (such as our
business method).

The Nordic YMs held their YM gatherings together in Kungälv in Sweden. Again our
four meetings (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) were reminded of our
belonging together. Since we are so few, our YMs in practice work as monthly
meetings, and seeing more than 100 Quakers at the same time is a rare joy. The
gathering was held at a folk high school where Jeanna Oterdahl (1879--1965), once a
weighty Swedish Friend, was active. Jeanna Oterdahl was a sex educator, teacher and
an ardent fighter of Nazi tendencies. Her presence was felt vividly among us and one
of her poems appears in the YM epistle.

After 50 years of very favourable terms for the rent of Kväkargården, our 18th century
Meeting house in Stockholm, we are now facing a new contract with considerably
higher rentals. We hope that we will be able to meet this new situation without having
to move out.
                                                                       Wilhelm Dahllöf

Switzerland Yearly Meeting
The theme of our January retreat was centred on the true nature of peace: if a concern
for risk-free security is uppermost in our minds, we will find no peace. Jalka shared
these thoughts from an early sermon by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Practice related to this was the subject of the talk given by Roswitha Jarman at our
annual gathering: What are for us Quakers the Spiritual Roots of our Peace Work?
Defined as insights of Friends in their history and experience, Roswitha listed these:
the example of the life of Jesus; the commandment of love; to stand in the light
through silence and worship; recognise the seed of God in the other; knowing
connectedness and feeling compassion for the other; making the other aware of their
actions; seeing complexity; the way I live; taking responsibility for myself and my
decisions; doing my personal inner work. 'Spiritual' means 'being truly grounded' in a
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very practical sense. - Martin Buber was quoted: if you want to talk with God, you
must put your arms around the whole world.

2007 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the
American Friends Service Committee and the Friends Service Council. We decided to
prepare for this event in terms of outreach on three levels: by arranging for exhibits,
talks, and suitable presentations; in coordinating with other Yearly Meetings that might
be similarly engaged; through press releases etc. recalling Quaker involvement in relief
and rehabilitation during conflict.

We are thinking of putting together a book of Faith and Practice. To this end, a search
has begun for relevant texts written by Swiss Friends past and present, and other
Friends living or having lived in Switzerland.

Our Geneva library is being reorganized - more Quaker books are welcome!

                                                                           Fritz Renken

Europe and Middle East Young Friends
Europe and Middle East Young Friends met twice during 2006 at the Spring Gathering
in Spain and in Bad Pyrmont, Germany for our Annual Meeting. The contact between
Young Friends by email, through our website (http://emeyf.quaker.eu.org) and during
our travels in 2006 has started discussions and ideas that should lead us into exciting
times ahead. More on that later.

The Spring Gathering took place over Easter weekend near Barcelona in Spain. It was
the first time an EMEYF event was held in Spain. Despite the small Quaker presence
in Spain and the difficulties in logistics this entailed, the community of Young Friends
who gathered all benefited hugely from having been together. 11 countries from
throughout the section and beyond were represented. Sessions included, learning about
early Friends, biblical translation and Friends work during the Spanish Civil War.

The Annual business meeting of EMEYF was held at Quaker House, Bad Pyrmont.
Unfortunately numbers were small but there was great enthusiasm to respond to the
new ideas that had surfaced among Young Friends. One of these was a desire to be
involved in service work together and it is hoped we will link with Budapest Meeting‟s
service work in Serbia. Secondly, we were invited by EMES to be involved in an
EMES conference at Easter 2008. We are excited to be able to maintain strong links
with EMES as we have many of the same aims and look forward to meeting formally
with EMES for the first time since 2003.
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The year ended with the changeover of Secretary at our office in Brussels and the
changeover of Clerk. We thank Matt Taylor and Rachel Bryers for all their hard work
for EMEYF. We look forward to 2007 and our next gathering in Russia at Easter.

                                    Aidan McCartney, EMEYF representative to EMES

Quaker Youth Pilgrimage
Our small committee has had a busy year in 2006. We have seen a successful
pilgrimage take place in the United States and have now begun plans for the 2008
pilgrimage. The committee was made up of five members: Richard Waldmeyer
(Clerk), Caroline Evens (treasurer), Nigel Hampton, Hanna Nohe and Fran
Woolgrove. The committee met four times in 2006 in January, February, September
and December. The meetings were held in Scotland and Ireland.

Choosing pilgrims and leaders took up the bulk of our meetings in early 2006, before
the pilgrimage in the States in the summer.

The 2006 pilgrimage took place from 13 July – 10 August. The European part of the
pilgrimage started in Croydon on 13 July 2006 and the European pilgrims and leaders
flew to Cincinnati to join with the American group. The 26 pilgrims and 4 leaders from
9 different countries journeyed between Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, starting with
homestays in Cincinnati and then travelling around the mid west visiting places of
Quaker interest.

Pilgrims had the opportunity to explore the diversity that exists amongst Friends
through the group experience and the Friends‟ groups that they travelled amongst. The
theme of the pilgrimage was Quaker Service in Action through the ages. Pilgrims
learnt of both the current and historical influences of Friends. In addition, they had the
opportunity to put this into action for themselves through their participation in a
Habitat for Humanity service project in Richmond, Indiana.

The pilgrimage is a very valuable and worthwhile small group community experience.
These experiences are often life changing for the individuals involved. We feel the
pilgrimage offers so much in helping the spiritual journeys of Young Friends who then
may go on to enrich the wider life of the Society of Friends.

At our September committee meeting, we met with the two European leaders, and
heard their reports from them. In December, we also received reports from pilgrims
and the American leaders. We feel that although there are always things to improve
for the future, the 2006 pilgrimage went very well, and provided a good experience for
all.
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We have now started planning for the next pilgrimage, from 18 July to 15 August,
2008, when we hope to be in Scotland, England and Ireland. As a result of feedback
from last summer‟s pilgrimage, we have decided to appoint leaders well in advance so
that they can take part in the planning process. We have therefore started advertising
and hope to appoint the European leaders in April/May. We have agreed that the
American committee will also be appointing their leaders early, and we hope to build a
strong leadership team well before the start of QYP 2008.

Richard Waldmeyer and Hanna Nohe both left the committee at the end of December.
We thank them for their hard work on our behalf. New members of the committee are
Rachel Bryers, Jenny Foot and Kristin Skarsholt, who will join us at our meeting in
April. We look forward to having a full committee again.
                                                                     Caroline Evens


Amary Play Centre, Ramallah
The Amary Play Centre accommodates 45 kids, aged 5 years old, all come from the
Amary Refugee Camp. The Play Centre is located in the UNRWA Girls School. It
consists of one big room 12x7 square meters where all the activities and teaching take
place. In addition there is the open area of the same size with a shelter which was
installed last year, to protect the kids from the hot sun when they play outside.

The centre is operating 6 days a week from Saturday - Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00
p.m. One main teacher and 2 assistant teachers take care of the kids from educational
to caring for their well being.

Milk is offered 3 times a week and occasionally sandwiches. For Christmas and
Muslim Feasts, we try to please the kids with little presents to celebrate the holidays.

Staff: A supervisor with part time job visits the Centre 3 times a week, 2 hours each
day. The supervisor takes care of the Centre daily management, communicates with
the donors, ensures that funds available to pay for the running costs and the staff
salaries.

One main teacher and 2 assistant teachers take care of the kids daily. They teach the
kids alphabets (both Arabic and English), Mathematics and concepts. The teachers
follow a curriculum designed for this age group which is meant to prepare the kids to
start their school years. In addition in taking care of them and their well being during
the time the kids spend it in the Centre.

The main aim of the Centre is to give the opportunity to the kids to spend quality time
in a healthy clean environment. The kids can play, interact and express themselves.
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Some improvements to the physical appearance of the centre and some necessary
things were done during this year:
     1. Two benches were bought to the outside playing area, to enable the kids to sit
        on.
     2. Curtains for the 2 windows of the main room were installed.
     3. Some books and stories were bought.

There are some needs that we are aiming to add:
    1. To buy a small fridge to the Centre.
    2. To increase the number of books and stories in the centre
    3. To buy 2 tables for the outside area for arts activities and paint.

Staff Development: The main teacher Wafiyeh Atiyeh participated in a two week
training in Germany together with 15 kindergarten teachers from different school from
Ramallah and Nablus. The training was organized by the Barenboim-Said Foundation
in Kindergarten education. Visits to kindergartens, meeting with kindergarten
specialists and receiving kindergartens teaching techniques

Wafiyeh also participated in a 90 credit hour course offered locally to kindergarten
teachers by a qualified musical education teacher from the Barenboim Said
Foundation. She received a certificate of successful completion of the course.

In March and May 2007, 2 follow up visits will take place by kindergarten specialists
from Germany will come and spend sometime with kindergarten teachers, visit the
teachers in their school, give training sessions to the teachers and kids. The Amary
Play Centre is one of those centres on the list.
                                                              Muna Khleifi, Supervisor


Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
Woodbrooke has had one of its busiest and most successful years during 2006. The
numbers of groups and individuals visiting, both from the Quaker world and beyond,
has kept us happily engaged in responding to a variety of needs, and we feel that this
dovetails very successfully with an increasingly substantial education programme,
offered both in Birmingham and further afield.

On site, the short course programme remains at the heart of our work. We again
offered an exciting range of subjects and types of event – we hope there is something
for everybody in the mix. In addition, our conference business brings people from a
wide variety of social, charitable and religious organisations into contact, however
fleeting, with Friends and we are confident that they take away with them something of
the Quakerly atmosphere which we work hard to create. . Amongst other projects, we
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have begun, with support from the Sir James Reckitt Charity, to work with the British
Quaker schools to strengthen their Quaker life and capacity for outreach.

The Woodbrooke-on-the Road schedule was booked to capacity, as meetings across
Britain asked for input, support and stimulus from the team. We were pleased to be
able to respond to another invitation from EMEYF for input to their Easter Gathering,
and to support Friends in Latvia, France and the Netherlands by running weekend
events for each of them. There are further continental and Irish events in the pipeline
for 2007, some of them making use of the vouchers sent to meetings by the Catchpool
Fund.

By helping pay for some of these gatherings, the Catchpool Fund continues to support
immensely valuable work amongst continental Friends, as shown by the epistle from
the Liepaja meeting circulated to you recently. The Fund‟s support for new activity has
been particularly noteworthy, and we were able to run two new courses in Birmingham
designed to meet the needs of Friends around Europe – a course for people engaged in
translating Quaker writing, and a bi-lingual Anglo-German weekend designed to bring
Friends together and help cement friendship whilst developing Quaker insights. In
early 2007 we ran a very successful course for European Clerks, and were pleased this
seemed to meet a real need.

It has been a time of change for the Catchpool Fund‟s European Coordinator project,
as Susan Seymour handed over in September to Julia Ryberg from Sweden Yearly
Meeting. We have all benefited from Susan‟s imaginative and systematic approach
both to identifying opportunities and showing how they can be realised. Woodbrooke‟s
own horizons have expanded greatly, and we are sure that Julia will continue this
immensely important work with her own vision and energy. She has already visited
Birmingham several times, beginning to get to know Woodbrooke and its operation
from the inside, and she will be representing Woodbrooke and the Catchpool Fund at
various gatherings during 2007. In addition to her communication and networking
role, she will be working on a small trial project, experimenting with the use of e-mail
as a means for helping people learn about Quakers and grow in their Quakerism.

The future of Woodbrooke itself was made even more secure at the end of the year by
a very substantial donation from a Quaker trust. This, together with the level of income
we can now generate from a wide range of activities, is giving trustees and staff the
confidence to ask ourselves what kind of service Woodbrooke will be called to over
the next 5 to 10 years, and how best to use the many resources, of people, finances and
location, to realise that calling. The links with Friends across Europe and the world
give us much inspiration and remain an important focus for us all.

                                                                  Jennifer Barraclough
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Yearly Meetings in 2007

 Yearly Meeting       When                Contact
 Denmark              23 – 25 March       Mogens Clausen. m.clausen@post.tele.dk
 Ireland              12 – 15 April       Rosemary Castagner: Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Dublin
                                          16, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 495 6888 office@quakers-in-
                                          ireland.org Website: www.quakers-in-ireland.org
 Britain              4 – 7 May           Recording Clerks Office, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1
                                          2BJ, UK. Tel: +44 207 663 1124 www.quaker.org.uk
 Netherlands          11 – 13 May         Hadewijch Touwen: Quaker Secretariat, Postbus 2167, 7420
                                          AD Deventer, Netherlands. Tel: +31 570 655 229
                                          secretariat@quaker.dds.nl Website: www.vriendenkring.info
 Sweden               17 – 20 May         Julia Ryberg: Kväkargården, Box 9166, 10272 Stockholm,
                                          Sweden. Tel: +46 175 715 69 Email: info@kvakare.se
 Switzerland          25 – 27 May         Derek Brett: Maison Quaker, 13 Ave du Mervelet, 1209
                                          Genève, Switzerland. Tel: +41 22 748 4800
                                          dubrett@talk21.com
 Norway               28 June – 1 July    Marit Kromberg. kveker@kveker.org www.kveker.org
 France               28 – 31 August      Axel Jensen. axena.jensen@wanadoo.fr http://quaker.chez-
                                          alice.fr
 Middle East          September           Sabah Baz: PO          Box    4,   Brummana,     Lebanon.
 Not yet confirmed                        baz@inco.com/lb
 German               25 -28 October      Quäkerbüro, Planckstraße 20, 10117 Berlin, Germany.
                                          buero@quaeker.org

Some other events in 2007
4 – 6 May, Latvian Friends Gathering. Contact Inese Ansule: nese172001@yahoo.com
25 – 27 May, Central Europe Regional Friends Gathering, Poznan, Poland. Contact Bradius and Maia.
Email: bmaurus@amu.edu.pl
7 – 12 July, QCEA Study Tour, Brussels and Strasbourg. Email: studytours@qcea.org Website:
www.quaker.org/qcea/studytour/index.html
21 – 28 July, Summer Gathering, Britain Yearly Meeting. Stirling University, Scotland. Contact Karl
Gibb: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AX, UK. Email: karl@quaker.org.uk
10 – 19 August, 22nd FWCC Triennial, Dublin, Website: www.fwccworld.org
14 – 16 September, Border Meeting, Jugendakademie Walberberg, (between Cologne and Bonn). Contact Janet
Kreysa. Email: kreysa@t-online.de
9 – 11 November, FWCC EMES Peace and Service Consultation, Brussels. Contact Bronwyn Harwood,
emes@fwcc.quaker.org
16 – 18 November, Europe and Middle East Young Friends Annual Meeting, Quaker House, Brussels,
contact emeyf@qcea.org
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CONTRIBUTING TO FWCC EMES.
The work of FWCC EMES depends on contributions from the Yearly Meetings in the Section and from
individual donations. Contributions for the general work can be made using the bank details below.

By international transfer to:
Unity Trust Bank plc, Nine Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HB, UK
IBAN: GB11 CPBK 0800 5150 0732 10
BIC: CPBKGB22
It is also essential that you quote the following details
Account Name: FWCC-EMES
Account Number: 20180696
Sort Code: 08-60-01

Holders of UK bank accounts can also send cheques or CAF vouchers in pound sterling made out to
„FWCC-EMES‟.

CONTRIBUTING TO THE AMARI CAMP PLAY CENTRE, RAMALLAH
There is a separate, FWCC-EMES Amari Play Centre
account:. Contributions for the play centre should be made as follows:

By international transfer to:
CAF Bank Ltd, 25 Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4JQ, UK
IBAN: GB48 MIDL 4005 3072 1385 49
BIC: MIDLGB2141W
It is also essential that you quote the following details
Account Name: FWCC-EMES Amari Play Centre
Account Number: 00091841
Sort Code: 40-52-40

Holders of UK bank accounts can also send cheques or CAF vouchers in pounds sterling for the
„FWCC-EMES Amari Play Centre‟ to the EMES office.

Please note that EMES does not hold accounts for other Quaker work in the Section

Please contact the FWCC EMES Office or the Treasurer, Laurie Naumann, for further information or to
inform us of bank transfers you are making.

Bronwyn Harwood                                         Laurie M Naumann
FWCC EMES                                               St Ann‟s
1 Cluny Terrace                                         Alexander lll Street
Edinburgh                                               Kinghorn
EH10 4SW                                                Fife KY3 9SD

emes@fwcc.quaker.org                                    the.naumanns@phonecoop.coop

								
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