Faith in Lancaster

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Please join us for our Faithshare meeting at :-

7:30pm – 9:00pm

in Room 2, Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster

The subject this month will be

Faith and Art

How does sacred art affect your understanding of religious texts?

Come and share your own experiences of this with us.

Refreshments will be available and opportunity will be provided for you to donate something towards the cost of the room hire.

Our next Faithshare will be on

Monday 12th June

Starting at 7.30 p.m

In Room 1, Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster, LA1 1TX

Our theme for this Faithshare is:

“Exploring Faith Through Reading (and Writing?) Novels, Poetry and Plays”

Janet Reeves, whose reflections on reading and writing fiction inspired this theme has suggested these thoughts about the theme

“When reading novels, plays or poetry we engage intimately with the author’s thoughts. Through the scenarios and characters created we share the writer’s exploration into the deep experiences and ultimate concerns of life. They may affirm our own Faith; challenge it; or introduce us to different Faiths and ways of making sense of the world in which we live. Please, join us, as we share works of literature which have led us to a deeper enjoyment and understanding of the mysteries of life and influenced our faith.”

As always, you may wish to share a short reading of a poem or passage from a piece of fictional writing that has affected your faith in some way; or simply reflect upon literature that has done so. No one is expected to `prepare’ something to `present’ or to speak; and you may prefer to share silently the exploration and celebration of the theme from the perspectives of our different faiths in a respectful, safe and friendly environment.

Faithshare 18th May

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Our next Faithshare will be on

Thursday 18th May

Starting at 7.30 p.m

In Room 1,

Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster, LA1 1TX

The theme chosen is “Does Faith require an Understanding of God”, a title which invites reflection upon our own individual and our different faith traditions’ approaches to the theme. What does `faith’ mean to us? What do we mean by an `understanding’ – is it possible for humans to even presume an `understanding’ of God? And does our faith require a `God’? (not all faith traditions do).

As always, you may wish to share a short reading, perhaps a prayer or a reflection from your faith tradition; or a picture or artefact that connects with your personal beliefs or faith tradition’s teaching about any aspect of the theme and how you connect with it. No one is expected to `prepare’ something to `present’ or to speak; and you may prefer to share silently the exploration and celebration of our different faiths. Our Faithshare meeting are not designed to be intellectual, academic discussions, but an exploration of our own and each others’ beliefs, traditions and practices in a respectful, safe and friendly environment. Everyone is welcome to join us for Faithshare meetings and it would be good to welcome some new faces as well as more familiar ones; so do invite your friends and neighbours to attend with you.

Faith in Lancaster is holding its next Faithshare meeting on Wednesday 19 April at 7.30pm. The theme for the meeting will be ‘Nationalism, Patriotism and Faith’.

We have in mind to discuss how people’s faith can help them to have a sense of belonging in the country of which they are a citizen. This may be different from the land of their birth and the indigenous faith of that country may have inspired their own faith. How can people reconcile these influences in their lives and how can faith and nationalism work together beneficially.

This meeting provides an opportunity to meet together in a safe and respectful space in which to share and learn about each other’s beliefs, understandings, experiences, traditions and practices. This is being held in the William Stout Room, Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster, LA1 1TX. For further information, email info@faithinlancaster.org.uk

The theme this month is “Life after Death?”

Please join us to discuss this interesting and often confusing topic, even within the same faith there can be differing views.

We will be meeting as usual at The Friends Meeting House, in Lancaster at 7:30pm

 

Faithshare February 2017

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The February faithshare meeting in February was attended by 7 people. Five of these were Christian, which is unusual for these meetings as there were many members from other faiths who could not attend this time.

The difference between fasting bu choice or through famine hit home to us and the purpose of fasting to turn us from our physical towards our spiritual needs was emphasised through reading and discussion. We were saddened that there was no Muslim presence as it would have enriched our thinking to hear more of the strong Islamic practice of fasting.

Faithshare 171016

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MONDAY 17TH October.  Starting at 7.30 pm in Room 2, Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster.
This month the topic is “Creation Stories: How do they Impact on our Faiths and Lives?”
All are welcome to join us and join in the discussion. As always with our Faith Share events the meeting is very informal with some people bringing something along that they have prepared to read out or spark discussion and others just coming along without anything prepared.
Whatever your faith and even with no particular faith tradition you are made equally welcome.

Faithshare 210916

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Our next Faithshare will be on Tuesday 20th September,starting at 7.30 p.m.
In the William Stout Room (note, not Room 2), Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster

The following day, Wednesday 21st September, is International Day of Peace; so our topic for this Faithshare meeting will be
“Faith and Paths to Peace”

As always, everyone is welcome, so do come along and bring your friends too. If you would like to bring a short piece of textual writing from your own faith tradition, a poem or other piece of writing (including something you have written yourself), or a picture or object that has personal meaning on the theme, to share with the rest of the group at the Faithshare, that would be great. If you do not want to `present’ anything, and wish to simply be part of the group as we explore and reflect upon the relationship between faith and paths to peace, please know that this is equally welcomed and respected. Faithshare meetings give us all an opportunity to meet together in a safe and respectful space in which to share our own beliefs, understandings, experiences, traditions and practices with each other; and to learn more about each others’ beliefs, understanding, experiences, traditions and practices.

Faith and Free Will

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Everyone is welcome to come along and explore this topic and we hope that people from a variety of different faiths (and those of no particular faith tradition) will join us.

We will be in Room 2 at the Friends Meeting House, Lancaster for conversation , discussion, community and a sharing of minds and most importantly, hearts.

7:30pm Monday 23rd May

Faithshare April 24th

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Our next FAITHSHARE meeting, on the theme of “How does our faith benefit the community”, is on THURSDAY 24th APRIL, and will be in ROOM 1 at the Quaker Meeting House, starting at usual time of 7.30 p.m.

This topic was raised at the last faithshare by one of the attendees who wondered if there was some way that Faith in Lancaster might contribute to the local community in ways that were perhaps more practical and of a charitable nature.

This raises the important question, how do our faiths view the wider community? What is their relationship to it? Does charity have an important message to convey to the charitable doer as much as to the receiver.

How does faith enable practitioners to reach out and participate with others who do not have the same view as themselves?

If you have any other questions please bring them along and if you have any answers please do share them with us.