So far this autumn, Nottingham Young Quakers have had four socials and three spiritual events, although the line between the two is often blurred. In October we went to a screening of Generation Revolution (goo.gl/pWWunB), a documentary film about young people involved with the Black Lives Matter movement in Britain, followed by a Q&A session with the film makers. In November we went for a meal at Nada Budaya Malaysian restaurant and then on to life drawing at The Lacehouse, whilst at the time of writing we are looking forward to celebrating UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This event will involve food, speakers, and various workshops, including sign language taster sessions.
A particular highlight for me was Hallowe’en, when we went to a screening of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a black and white Iranian vampire Western, hosted by Reel Equality Film Club (goo.gl/IE7Hn7). Women remain underrepresented in the film industry, on both sides of the camera, so Reel Equality promote films that “include interesting, fully realised female characters who are not objectified or stereotyped”, and which have often been made by women. Reel Equality is part of the Nottingham-based charity Equation, whose aim is to promote equal, healthy relationships free from domestic abuse. As it was Hallowe’en, the dress code was black and/or goth, so I really enjoyed the excuse to get dressed up!
Although these events were primarily social, the testimony of equality has been a strong theme throughout. For the spiritual events we have been cooking vegan meals together at the Meeting House and then exploring the use of silence in meetings for worship. We have been using the resource book Becoming Friends and various passages from Quaker Faith and Practice to guide our exploration. These events have led to some really insightful and thought-provoking ministry, as well as some of the best laughs I’ve had in a long time!
Through Nottingham Young Quakers I have met some fantastically fun and caring people who are passionate about making our world a better place for everyone who lives in it. Our events are often the highlight of my week, and I’m really looking forward to the New Year, which is already shaping up to be even busier for us than the autumn!