Resources

The World Quaker Day (WQD) theme in 2021 is Resilience and hope: Drawing strength from our Quaker faith.

Below is a list of resources including the 2021 WQD poster, question prompts to help explore the theme, worship opportunities, video resources, and activities for you to organize or events to join on the day.

World Quaker Day Poster: 

Questions to help you explore WQD’s 2021 Theme

This year, for World Quaker Day, we are focusing on the theme Resilience and hope: Drawing strength from our Quaker faith. Together, or alone, we invite you to explore this theme and share reflections with Friends around the world. By the end of World Quaker Day 2021, we hope to have gathered stories, pictures, and messages of how our Quaker faith offers strength to Friends across the branches.

We have a series of questions to help enable you, and your Meeting/Church to explore the World Quaker Day theme:

  • How do you understand resilience and hope? Is this different from your Quaker neighbour?
  • What elements of your Quaker faith enable you to have resilience and hope?
  • How does being part of an international Quaker community help provide you with strength?

Please share your reports from the day by emailing submit@worldquakerday.org. If you have a video to share, please send it to submit@worldquakerday.org via WeTransfer. If you prefer to use socials, you can tag us on social media using #WQD #WorldQuakerDay2021

We look forward to hearing your reflections, and learning what helps you have resilience and hope through your Quaker faith.

Worship Opportunities

1. Europe and Middle East Section are inviting Friends to an hour of (online silent unprogrammed worship)

  • 12.00 UTC / 13.00 BST /14.00 CEST /15.00 EEST. 
  • You can join the meeting by clicking here.
  • Alternatively you can log on to the zoom meeting with these details:
    Meeting ID: 827 1514 1527
    Passcode: 820903
  • Find out more on EMES’ website.

2. The Africa Section and Asia West Pacific Section(AWPS) are offering a join worship this year. It will be semi-programmed worship.

3. Section of the Americas are inviting Friends to join them for an hour on online worship organized by Young Adult Friends of the Traveling Ministry Corps.

Join SOA for online worship organized by the Young Adult Friends of the Traveling Ministry Corps! Join with Friends around the world in a koinonia time honoring World Quaker Day. 4PM Pacific | 5PM Mountain | 6PM Central | 7PM Eastern

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness Colossians 1:11 KJV.      Register for SOA’s World Quaker Day’s worship.

Video Resources

  • Watch (and share) the video invitation to World Quaker Day 2021 from our four FWCC Section Secretaries!
  • Watch one of our 10 Quaker Conversation Recordings:
    • In its role of providing connective tissue, FWCC is offered a series of Quaker Conversation sessions to any Friends who want to listen and learn and contribute to concerns important to Friends, particularly during this time of grief and reflection and transformation (during COVID-19).Each session was facilitated by the FWCC World Office, and done jointly with other Quaker partners as we share the work and uphold each other in Quaker work. You can find the whole list of recordings on the World Office’s website  or you can watch the series on our Youtube Channel
  • Watch a Video Series on the Various Quaker Worship Styles. Watch the full video series on the FWCC website.
    • In the short video series in 2020, Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of FWCC, was joined by Friends from the four FWCC sections (Europe and Middle East Section, Section of the Americas, Asia West Pacific Section, and the Africa Section) to talk about our different ways of worship within and across the four sections. Friends responded to the following questions in order to explore the varying worship styles across the branches:
      • Video 1: What kinds of worship might we expect from Friends within your FWCC section? And is there a predominant form of worship?
      • Video 2: How has the cultural context of Friends influenced Quaker worship in your FWCC section?
      • Video 3: What do you appreciate about our different ways of worship? And how has your experience expanded your sense of there being many ways to God among Quakers?

Other activity ideas: 

  • Organise an event in your meeting or church that shows how you connect with Friends in another part of the world, such as visits that have taken place, or consider developing a sister meeting relationship.
  • Find a new online worship for you to attend on October 3rd.
  • Explore the question prompts for the 2021 World Quaker Day theme and share your reflections with the World Office.
  • Talk to someone who isn’t a Quaker about Quakerism.
  • Invite a meeting member who has worshiped with Friends in different parts of the world to share his or her experiences.
  • Consider how to expand your meeting or church’s connections to the wider world family of Friends.
  • If it’s safe to do so, share a simple meal and contribute the savings to a local or national sustainability, peace and justice cause.
  • Invite a yearly meeting representative of FWCC to come and talk about the work of FWCC and the diverse family of Friends.
  • Make a video on the theme and send it to the FWCC World Office to be uploaded to the WORLD QUAKER DAY website.
  • Watch the share the video invitation to world Quaker Day with Friends.
  • Invite Friends from a meeting that practices a different form of worship and hold a discussion about the WQD theme and find out what you have in common.
  • If it’s safe to do so, hold a sing-along with hymns relating to the theme. 
  • Tell the WQD story to the local media. Issue a press release, offer to give interviews and invite some journalists along on the day.
  • Promote what you are doing on social media. Don’t forget to post on the WQD Facebook page as well.
  • If it’s safe to do so, host an afternoon tea party and invite members of the local community. It’s a great way to do some outreach.
  • Don’t forget to include children in your preparations for WQD. Think about how to engage them with the theme.
  • Create a list of meetings and churches around the world who would be interested in email pals or exchange of letters between meetings telling how their meeting or church operates and asking about the other meetings practices. 
  • Talk to someone about Quakerism who might not know much about the Religious Society of Friends.

FWCC Offering or Collection

Have a meal or other event to raise funds for FWCC. Have discussion queries on the tables with resources such as the FWCC map “Finding Quakers Around the World”: Point out where Friends are located and find some answers to questions like these:

  • Which country has the most Quakers? Which country has the fewest Quakers?
  • Which are the largest and smallest yearly meetings?
  • What kinds of worship do Friends have around the world?
  • Do you know what an Evangelical Friend believes? A Conservative Friend? A Convergent Friend? A Liberal Friend?
  • How are programmed and unprogrammed Friends alike and different?
  • Which form of worship worldwide has more members and attenders — programmed or unprogrammed?
  • What do Friends around the world have in common?

Here is a description of the work of FWCC to be shared with your meeting or church:

Answering God’s call to universal love, Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) brings Friends of varying traditions and cultural experiences together in worship, communications, and consultation, to express our common heritage and our Quaker message to the world (mission statement). Through various means, FWCC is connecting Friends, crossing cultures, and changing lives across our many differences and within our spiritual unity. FWCC provides a Quaker voice at the world level through its global ecumenical participation and its worldwide representation on the Quaker United Nations Committees in New York and Geneva. FWCC works both vertically serving Friends at the world level and horizontally, supporting Friends through the four Section offices. FWCC connects us as Friends in our work, in our worship, and in our lives.

Please give generously to support this important Quaker work. Many thanks!

Send your contribution to the World or your Section office, or donate online.

Thank you for participating in World Quaker Day!