Quaker Conversations #2, Series 2
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many Quaker churches and meeting houses around the world had to close their doors. As a result, many Friends moved online to worship, run their business meetings, and gather as a community.
What impact has the shift to online Quakerism had on you?
At FWCC, as part of an international community we are keenly aware of the differing opportunities for Friends to get visas to travel to our in-person meetings, but we are also aware of those who cannot join our online meetings due to a lack of internet access or suitable technology. As we move into a more technological world of Quakerism there are important questions to consider. What are the benefits to our global community? Who is now able to be at the table that wasn’t before? How do Quakers who sing and dance in their worship do so online?
During this event we will hear perspectives from Michael Eccles, Executive Secretary of the FWCC Europe and Middle East Section, and Bainito Wamalwa, Clerk of the FWCC Africa Section.
Come, listen and learn as we explore what impact the shift to online Quakerism has had on you and Friends around the world.
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Michael Eccles has been a Quaker all his life and is a member of Britain Yearly Meeting and lives in Birmingham. He works as the Executive Secretary of FWCC Europe & Middle East Section. All his work in this role has been during the Covid-19 pandemic and it has shaped almost everything that EMES has done for the past 18 months. Before Covid-19 Michael had the opportunity to travel amongst and worship with Friends in a number of places in the Quaker world. As well as working for EMES Michael is a father of
two daughters aged 9 and 12.
Bainito Khayongo Wamalwa is a member of East Africa Yearly Meeting (North). He is based in Kitale towards the Western part of Kenya. He has been the Clerk of FWCC Africa Section for the past four years. Before that, he has been involved in the planning of different events that include the World Gathering of Young Friends 2005 where he was the Africa Coordinator, and the Young Quakers Christian Association Africa, from 2006 – 2009. He was the Co Clerk of the Local Arrangements Committee for the World Conference of Friends at Kabarak, Kenya 2012. He is currently the Co Clerk of the International Planning Committee for the World Plenary Meeting in South Africa in 2024. He has travelled to many countries both in Africa and overseas for meetings. During the COVID-19 pandemic he has been involved in both online and in person meetings.
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