Sustainability: An Online Conference with Friends Worldwide – Information

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In the following table are the three UK time zones, and the corresponding times across the world. Alternatively this website should help you view the below information in your local time :

SessionUTC Time Zone Corresponding Time Zones Possible language interpretation
Session One8:00 – 11:00 Canberra 19:00 – 22:00
Manila and Hong Kong 16:00 – 19:00
   
Session Two12:00 – 15:00              Nairobi 15:00 – 18:00
Kigali 14:00 – 17:00
Bujumbura 14:00 – 17:00
French interpretation available
Session Three16:00 – 19:00              Los Angeles 08:00 – 11:00
Chicago 10:00 – 13:00
Philadelphia 11:00 -14:00
La Paz 12:00 – 15:00  
Spanish interpretation available

Each start time will have 45 minutes of videos with 5 speakers. The speakers will come from each of the four FWCC sections and represent diversity of Quaker traditions, ages, and gender in order to represent the fullness of who we are across the world. After we hear from the speakers, there will be two hours for worship sharing.

The purpose of the worship sharing will be to listen to how we are responding to God’s call to care for creation.  How are we co-creators with God and each other? Volunteers will gather what they believe is the sense of the meeting which will be shared as a statement the following week. This will help guide us as we move toward the World Plenary Meeting in 2023 in Southern Africa Yearly Meeting.

Aim of the online conference

  • To galvanise and gather the Quaker voice on sustainability.
  • Share progress, ideas and learnings since Pisac minute in 2016. Where are Quakers now?
  • Explore how God calls us to this – we are stronger when we are together.

Structure of the conference

Before

We ask you to come with hearts and minds prepared. Look at the sustainability resources on our website to empower yourself on how Quakers are affected in the world. Learn about what Yearly Meetings and churches have committed to since 2016. Read, look at other faith groups, and ask yourself what do I want to do and what do I think is possible?

During

We will hear from five different speakers of pre-recorded video content and then there will be two hours of worship sharing. French interpretation will be available during the second start time, and Spanish interpretations will be available in the third start time. Sign-language upon request only.

In this context of worship sharing, we will do our best to hold the space respectfully while allowing many Friends to speak. Because it is an online worship, we will have one elder who will call on each person to speak. This elder will ensure the ministry is no longer than three minutes. We understand this might be tricky online, but we want to allow ministry from as many Friends as want to speak. The elder can also then allow for listening space between Friends.

There will be additional elders who will help hold this online worship space. We will be providing written material on our website to help us all come to this space with hearts and minds prepared.

After

A group of Friends from the world office, in London, UK, will listen to the whole 11 hours of the conference and 6 hours of worship sharing. They will gather a sense of the collective worship sharing and produce a written statement. This written statement will be read to a committee with representatives from around the world the following day and will be circulated in the following days.

Due to the different time zones of the conference, we will not be able to read this back in live time. It will be distributed to participants and other Quaker bodies in the weeks following the Conference and will be taken to the world plenary in 2023. We ask you to read the statement to your meetings or churches and continue the conversation among our Quaker Family.

Technology – Zoom Conferencing

We will be using the platform Zoom to host this call. This means, if you want to join the conference, you will need access to an internet connection and a device that is able to run zoom – see Zoom website for more information. We also suggest that you use a device that has a webcam and microphone as this will allow the fullest participation. If you are not able to access to the internet, a camera or a microphone, please email sustianbilty@fwcc.world so we can possibly connect you to someone in close proximity.  Do what you can to seek out places to connect.

You will be able to join the conference on your own, or as a group of up to five. If you’re hoping to join as a group, we suggest you do not join with any more than four or five people because it will make the worship sharing section of the webinar difficult to hear.

Registration

To register your place, sign up though the link below or via EventBrite by February 13, 2020.

If you have any questions, please email sustainabilty@fwcc.world.