Special Meeting for Worship for Business, Sunday 7th Oct

Friends,

This Sunday, following on from meeting for worship at 11am, there will be a special meeting for worship for business to discern the way forward for the use of our Meeting House and in the light of current financial difficulties.

At the meeting for worship for business held on 1st July, three working groups were set up and asked to report on commercial use of the building, fund raising opportunities and direct giving opportunities. There reports are attached below:

News and Notices September 30th

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NEWS

Sustainability and Spirituality Explorations part 3, Thursday 4th October 7.30pm

Three study sessions on consecutive Thursdays based on videos of last year’s Swarthmore lecture “Costing not less than everything: sustainability and spirituality in challenging times”

Walking In Sheffield; Sat 6th October

Friends,

Memorial walk for Dan Higbid along Rivelin Valley Nature Trail.

Come with me and Zelly the dog on one of Dan and Pauline’s favourite walks along his beloved Rivelin Valley. Dan was an active member of the Rivelin Valley Conservation group. Read about the group here: http://www.rivelinvalley.org.uk

Meet at 10am at the Malin Bridge tram terminus. Also buses 11 and 12. About 20 minutes from the city centre.

Distance 6 miles/9.5km. It is possible to leave the walk at Rivelin Valley post office (3 miles) or Crosspool (4 miles).

Route here: http://goo.gl/maps/6Lroi

Laying down Monday noon EwL meeting

As of today, 24 September 2012, we are laying down the Monday noon Experiment with Light meeting. The Sunday morning meeting, at 10 am upstairs before Meeting for Worship (which began on 27 November 2011), will continue. Everyone is most welcome.

News and Notices September 23rd

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NEWS

Sustainability and Spirituality Explorations part 2, 27th Sept 7.30pm

Three study sessions on consecutive Thursdays based on videos of last year’s Swarthmore lecture “Costing not less than everything: sustainability and spirituality in challenging times”

Sheffield and Balby Bulletin September 2012

Click here to read the September 21012 Sheffield and Balby Bulletin:
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Another review of The Effect, by Linda Hoy

Linda's new book on the links between science and spirituality, is launched on Thursday 11th October.

Book review – ‘The Effect – where science meets spirituality’
By Linda Hoy

Published September 2012 by O-Books, £9.99, pp 271.

Linda Hoy has tackled a vastly important subject with her characteristic panache and energy. Don’t be fooled by the jaunty style – this book will make you think again and again. Down-to-earth, irreverent, witty, self-deprecating, intimate, it is nevertheless far-ranging and hard-hitting. Linda Hoy spreads lashings of common sense through both science and spirituality, and she somehow brings the two together without too violent a collision – an antidote for anyone who takes either too solemnly. She shows us how she herself moved from arch-atheism to a spiritual way, but retained enough of her original scepticism to keep her away from credulity or excessive piety – Linda is not holier than thou. As an experienced author, her book is totally readable – you will keep turning the pages, partly so as to link it all up, but mainly to see what will happen next. Thoroughly recommended. My only, not criticism but ‘nit-pick,’ is that it has clearly been aimed at the American market, and thus some Americanisms have crept in – some phrasing which doesn’t sound Sheffield or English but trans-Atlantic.

Paul Hunt

Book launch - The Effect

Linda Hoy, author and member of our meeting, is launching her new book at the Meeting House on Thursday 11th October, as part of the Off the Shelf Festival.

What if?

review by Harvey Gillman, of The Effect, where science meets spirituality by Linda Hoy, published by O Books, 2012. 270 pages

Linda Hoy is a well-known children’s novelist – one of her books is a set text in schools – and a Friend. She is also an explorer who has presented us with a book I can only describe as warm-hearted, imaginative, a mine of information, eccentric and slightly outrageous. It is wonderful to read something by someone who is willing to re-examine her own prejudices in such a witty manner and with such style. It is an autobiography of sorts, a description of an educational process, a journey into belief and meaning, with angels, and Quakers, and marginalised scientists in attendance.

There is a whole industry of books on spirituality from every conceivable angle. A sub-section of this industry deals with the relationship between spirituality and science. The columns of the Friend echo this debate, though I sometimes feel the driving force of this is a determined escape from the religious strictures of the past, rather than a deep examination of more enlightened thinkers, theologians, and mystics of the present. Linda Hoy has managed to draw upon a vast amount of research and literature to examine a numbers of theories that might once have seemed heretical in scientific circles: near death experiences, the curved nature of time and space, telepathy and so forth, but which are now being taken more seriously beyond the community of New Age adepts and scientific eccentrics.

This book has made me realise how agnostic I am on many issues. I simply do not know whether reincarnation makes sense – and there are a number of different understandings of reincarnation anyway. I do not know what form questioning and judgement take at the time of death or just after. I cannot say whether the sensation of déjà vu is based on the fact that the future has already happened in one of the myriad universes possible, or are they multiverses? But Linda holds my hand as it were into a discovery of worlds beyond words. It is the tone of the book which I find so enchanting. Linda is a reluctant explorer. She begins with the question, what if?… and allows her creativity to lead her where it will. She is self-mocking, sassy, down to earth, and seems to dare herself to go further. Each chapter begins with a quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and through the Looking Glass, so we follow the White Rabbit down the whole, are perplexed with Alice about her size in relation to the world and the whereabouts of the key, and wonder how many seemingly impossible things we can believe before breakfast.

The title of the book, The Effect, comes from the writings of J.W. Dunne on time; the ‘effect’ she writes is his expression for finding a portal into DreamTime. So the whole matter of the book is a profoundly mystical one. How do we live deeply the present moment in such a way that we are in touch with that which is beyond time? (Linda is well aware of the sceptics even among Friends and imagines the reaction of some people to her writing, but her desire to explore further means that she will go on regardless.) In order to live at this level she feels the need to try to discern the relationship between time past, present, and future, the nature of space, and the relationship between waves and particles: quantum science suggests that everything is made from quivering waves of energy, waves which move and vibrate; these quivering waves pass through each other but then turn to particles when they’re being observed. If it is true that our observation makes a difference, then how much of our creativity alters our relationship with the world in which we live? Amazingly after all this speculation, analysis of experiments, reflection on physicists, astronomers, gazers of heavenly things, we are brought back to the simple question of why we are here and how we live among all these possibilities.

If you want an adventure into a land of wonder and are willing to put aside prejudices of every kind, I would recommend this book. Treat yourself.