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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.

We will be holding a faithshare event at The Friends Meeting House on Thursday 26th March.

The topic will be “Why Share our Faiths?”

We have been coming together now over several years on a monthly basis sharing our faiths with each other. So it must be important to us!

Perhaps now we have a better sense of what we get out of this, why we think it is important to meet with people from other faiths and exchange views. Does it help us with our own Faith to hear others who also have deeply felt Faith? Do we feel that through sharing we are enabling ourselves to better understand our own Faith?

All are welcome to join us. We start at 7:30pm and usually continue to around 9pm

Tuesday 18th February, 7.30 p.m.,

Room 3, Friends Meeting House

(Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TX)

The theme of this Faithshare will be `Love’.

What is love and what does it mean to us? How do we experience love, express love, demonstrate love? How do our different faith traditions define and exemplify love? Come along and join our sharing of our thoughts and feelings, our experiences; bring a poem, a piece of writing or music, a picture, an artefact; or simply come and share with your presence as part of the group.

If you have any ideas about themes/topics for future Faithshare meetings, please do let us have your suggestions.

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