December 2022

Dear QUG supporter

Monthly meeting for worship and sharing

Our next online meeting for worship and sharing is by Zoom on Wednesday December 21st.

It starts at 7 p.m. The Zoom will open at 6.45 p.m.

It will be introduced by Tony Philpott who will talk on Yuletide.

We will send out reminders two or three days beforehand to everyone who has registered.

If you do not have the joining instructions and would like them please send an email to

Our next meeting for worship and sharing after this will be on Wednesday January 18th 2023.

We are very keen to have a range of people to introduce these meetings, to speak for between ten and twenty minutes about your spiritual journey. If you would like to do this please email

Our annual conference in 2023 – Friday May 12th to Sunday May 14th at Woodbrooke and online

Universalist Creativity – how creativity expresses and enhances spirituality across the world.

Arrangements are progressing well for our conference next May. We have added another speaker who will also lead practical sessions. We will send out full details to you in January; they will also be on our website and in our February journal Universalist.

We will include an application form, prices and how to pay. You will be able to come to Woodbrooke or join us online.

Our speakers are as follows:

Helen Otter

Helen Otter is an artist who has exhibited in East Anglia, Gloucestershire and London, working both independently and in collaboration with other artists. With a Masters degree in Fine Art she has worked in a variety of media including paint, pencil, textiles, found objects, sound and video, producing installations and objects that reference site and context.

Philip Gross

Philip Gross is a poet who has also written novels, libretti and radio scripts, for adults and young people. Working frequently with visual artists, dancers and musicians, he sees collaboration as the spirit at the heart of all creative life, and maybe too of spirituality. He lives in South Wales and draws on a heritage from Estonia and Cornwall.

Jaana Erkkilä and Roger Hill

Finnish art – Jaana

Jaana Erkkilä-Hill is the Vice-Rector for Research at the University of the Arts, Helsinki, and a Professor in Fine Art at the University of Lapland. She is active as an artist and her work is held in several public and private collections. She has attended Quaker meetings since her childhood and is a member of Finland Yearly Meeting. She lives in Finland and in the UK.

Daoist Art – Roger

Roger’s interest in Daoism grew alongside his study of Traditional Chinese Medicine: the philosophy and the practice are inextricably linked. He was fortunate to be able to develop this learning with the distinguished Sinologist Father Claude Larre SJ. Until his retirement Roger was Co-Director of the Centre for Complementary Health Studies at the University of Exeter.

Charles Monkhouse

Charles Monkhouse is an artist working in rural and public spaces to create permanent sculptures and temporary light works, often with the support of local communities and landscape stakeholders. His interest in colour stems from his work on LED installations, a career lecturing in colleges and universities, and a life of gallery visits and overseas travel.

David Brown

David Brown is a member of Bournemouth Coastal Area Meeting and is the co-clerk and administrator of the Kindlers, and author of the Kindler book, ‘What does Love require of Us?’  He has a degree in psychology, and diplomas in counselling and spiritual coaching.  He has used shamanic techniques in both Kindler workshops and spiritual coaching.  

Universalist – February 2023 and October 2023

The February Universalist is in draft form and will help us prepare for our conference in May.

We are looking for more articles for the October 2023 Universalist, so if you have a universalist topic you would like to write about please do so. We also welcome reviews of books, films, podcasts, etc. Articles should be sent to

Quaker Truth and Integrity Group

We are delighted that the Quaker Truth and Integrity Group (QTIG) has become a Quaker Recognised Body and is actively working to emphasise how essential this testimony is in a properly functioning society. One of the aims of QUG is to seek the truth worldwide in all the various religions and world views. This is challenging, but rewarding, and an essential part of achieving our other testimonies of peace, simplicity, equality and sustainability.

Do visit the QTIG website at

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