Bikes, Dhal, and George Fox

On Wednesday 15th March, the Nottingham Young Quakers gathered at a kind Friend’s house in Beeston, who had only recently moved in and had been desperately trying to get her kitchen ready for 12 Quakers to fill it. She had done a very impressive job!

Nottinghamquakers.org.uk image: Young Quakers group
Pre-dahl smiles, with Tori at the camera. And as agreed that night, not a cult.

Those with bikes were shown some very useful bike maintenance by Gordon, while food was prepared by the bikeless amongst us. The dish of the day was dhal, and I was introduced to “nutritional yeast” – which isn’t as bad as it sounds! Think vegan dried parmesan. I think there’s a reason I’ve never pursued a job in sales.

We discussed our highlights of our weeks, which ranged from Emily’s joy at taking multiple train journeys to my making a cut-out skeleton at work. Francis was introduced to the “not a cult” group and the usual offering of his first born child was made.

After a MASSIVE group effort of washing up and pan scrubbing, where we valiantly tried to save Helen’s pans from the scourge of burnt lentils, we held an epilogue to contemplate a famous George Fox quote:

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come; that your life and conduct may preach among all sorts of people, and to them. Then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one.

It taps into the idea of living a good life, and influencing people with your example, rather than trying to actively teach and preach.

We spent the remaining time discussing possible activities and dates for future meetings, and if you happen to have any please put them forward – all suggestions are welcomed!

Hannah