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Dear Friends,

Thank you for entrusting me with the role of FWCC General Secretary, beginning this week. The prospect of working for the global community of Friends, that enables so many to know God’s love through the Quaker experience is a profound joy.

I am also aware of the phenomenal challenges of the times we are living through, described by Marie Odendaal of Southern Africa Yearly Meeting as the ‘three pandemics’ of coronavirus, human violence and global heating. All our work takes place in this context, as we experience the effects and seek to tackle the underlying causes.

My work to date has mostly been involved in campaigning; for peace, climate justice, equality and human rights. As a part of my role with FWCC, I hope to keep working for these causes, but in a way which is distinctive to Quakers.

I know that the individual change each of us makes will at times be difficult to assess. Nevertheless, I believe that if we act in faith doing the right things for the right reasons then we will be part of the great movement which will address the world’s great problems.

I remind myself as often as I can of the Parable of the Sower which speaks of good seeds growing in fertile ground. The world isn’t short of good ideas to get us out of the crises we face. What we do have is an overabundance of ‘stony ground’ – where people don’t have “eyes to see or ears to hear”. I believe though, that the global community of Friends can be the good earth, from which plants grow which gently break up the hard ground, and return it to nature again.

Giving ministry in a shared worship session with Kenyan and British Friends last year, FWCC Africa Section clerk Bainito Wamalwa cited Job: “There is hope for a tree if it is cut down, that it will sprout again…at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches”. This powerfully underlines for me the importance of our global community – in ancient woodlands trees do connect their roots underground and sustain, revive and rejuvenate one-another, but they cannot do so without water – which in our context is the living water of Christ.

We could think of ourselves as living through pandemics – or alternatively as living through storms (and some of us literally are living through storms). And how do trees weather storms? They connect, they reach out, and uphold one-another with their roots underground. In our Quaker community, those connections are built through love, joy, community and friendship, all of which are cultivated through FWCC.

Continuing the work of Gretchen Castle, Susanna Mattingly and so many others, this is what I hope to keep doing. It starts with saying hello, which this letter begins, and will be the priority for my first few months. If you would like to email me (en inglés o en español), my contact details are now on the staff profiles page. I look forward to hearing from you.

In Friendship

Tim Gee
General Secretary, Friends World Committee for Consultation

Queridos Amigos,

Gracias por confiarme el cargo de secretario general del FWCC.

Es una gran alegría, la oportunidad de trabajar para la comunidad mundial de Amigos, lo cual permite que tantos conozcan el amor de Dios a través de la experiencia cuáquera.

También estoy consciente de los grandes problemas del mundo; Marie Odendaal de la Junta Anual del África del Sur, lo describe como las “tres pandemias”: el coronavirus, la violencia humana y el cambio climático. Todo nuestro trabajo tiene lugar en este contexto, a medida que estamos sintiendo los efectos y estamos abordando las causas.

Mi empleo hasta ahora, ha consistido principalmente en el trabajo por el cambio social; por la paz, la justicia climática, la igualdad y los derechos humanos. Como parte de mi función en el FWCC, espero seguir trabajando por estas causas, pero de una manera que sea distintiva de los cuáqueros.

Es difícil evaluar el cambio individual que haga cada persona. Sin embargo, creo que, si caminamos con fe, haciendo lo correcto por las razones correctas, seremos parte del gran movimiento que abordará los grandes problemas del mundo.

Me encanta la parábola del sembrador, sobre las buenas semillas que crecen en tierra fértil. Hay suficientes buenas ideas para sacarnos de los problemas que enfrentamos. Pero hay también un exceso de “terreno pedregoso”. Sin embargo, creo que la comunidad de los Amigos puede ser la tierra fértil donde crecerán plantas que transformarán el mundo.

En un sermón reciente, el cuáquero keniano y secretario de FWCC África Bainito Wamalwa citó a Job:

“Porque hay esperanza para un árbol cuando es cortado, que volverá a retoñar, y sus renuevos no le faltarán. Aunque envejezcan sus raíces en la tierra, y muera su tronco en el polvo, al olor del agua reverdecerá y como una planta joven echará renuevos. JOB 14:7

Para mí este pasaje de la biblia habla poderosamente de la importancia de nuestra comunidad mundial. En los bosques antiguos, los árboles conectan sus raíces bajo la tierra y se sostienen, reviven y se rejuvenecen unos a los otros.

Pero no pueden hacerlo sin agua, lo cual para nosotros, es el agua viva de Cristo. Podríamos pensar que sobrevivimos las pandemias o hasta tormentas, de hecho, algunos de nosotros literalmente si estamos viviendo tormentas.

¿Y entonces, cómo resisten los árboles las tormentas? Pues se conectan, se extienden y se sostienen unos a los otros con sus raíces bajo la tierra. Asimismo es en nuestra comunidad cuáquera, esas conexiones se construyen a través del amor, la alegría, la comunidad y la amistad, todo lo cual se cultiva a través del FWCC.

Así que, continuando con el trabajo de Gretchen Castle, Susanna Mattingly y tantos otros, esto es lo que espero seguir haciendo. Estoy comenzando este proyecto, respondiendo los saludos y escuchando los mensajes que me han enviado.

Estoy aprendiendo español, y quiero mejorarlo, así que si desean enviarme un correo electrónico, pueden escribirme en inglés o en español, pero lo siento ,si mi respuesta no está escrita en un español perfecto. Espero con anhelo sus mensajes.

Con amistad,

Tim Gee

Tim Gee

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