It has been a comparatively quiet year in Malta with the
big tides of political disruption yet to be felt on the islands. Few
migrants have been stranded here on their way to the mainland while
those of us with UK passports are waiting to see what will happen.
effort in 2016 was spent planning an exhibition of the Quaker Tapestry
in Valletta ( cultural capital of Europe in 2018 ) but after the costs
of the project became clear we had to reluctantly shelve the idea. We
were likewise frustrated when our efforts to unite church groups to some
kind of public prayer meeting while the Commonwealth heads of
Government met in Malt prior to the Paris climate summit failed.
Stonewalling by the Catholics and extreme security measures made it
impossible to get noticed by the gathered world press. I hope however,
that our group holding of the Climate Conference 'in the light' helped
with the positive outcome!
In November we enjoyed a visit from a
group ( a hush?) of Quakers from Sheffield who pleasantly swelled our
numbers for Meeting. At a subsequent meal they mentioned how at home
they had been made to feel and I would urge other travelling Friends to
make the effort to contact and visit local groups. It means so much and
is always a rewarding experience!
And so we face 2017 with some trepidation but with the certainty that the light will shine through, no doubt in some unexpected places.
Piers Headley January 2014
has been a mixed two years for our fledgling group here in Malta with
attendances at meeting varying wildly amid many welcome visits from Friends
from around the world.
started life in 2011, initial contacts being facilitated by EMES (European and Middle East Section of the Friends World Committee
for Consultation) and held our first meeting in November. It was decided to
meet on the first Sunday of the month in the Church hall of the Church of the
Holy Trinity in Sliema and we have done so ever since!
that first meeting we were much helped by the kindness of Linda Hoy of
Sheffield Meeting, who brought booklets, copies of ‘Advice and Queries’ and
lots of encouragement. We
attended as a group a performance of the play ‘Jesus had two Daddies’ given by
an American FriendPeterson Toscano, which turned
out to be a witty and challenging analysis of biblical stories and used the
occasion for a bit of outreach with leaflets about the meeting.
Linda Hoy gave an inspiring reading from her book ‘The Effect’ to which some
members of the Anglican congregation also came.
The second year here has seen changes with initial attenders leaving and
new people joining. I, as clerk, had a moment of soul searching at one point, as it seemed
as though I might be left on my own in the meeting. I was helped by Ann and
Colin Millar from Aberdeen Meeting, who told me a tale of a Scottish meeting
house where a lady attended on her own for quite some time before the meeting
came back to life. I decided to ‘soldier on’ and seven people attended the next
meeting, almost a record for our small group!
heartening are the meet up with Annie Pye and Valerie Morgan, both of whom are
members of the society.
Mchugh, a theology student visiting Malta and Timothy Katiba Chepkwesi from
Kenya YM, who introduced us to other forms of Quakerism before leaving us for
Oslo to continue his studies, also joined us for several meetings. Both
contributed greatly to the spirit of the meeting. Please
note our new e-mail address! In