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Sydney Wardens Wanted

Quaker Meeting Houses are different

Devonshire Street Meeting House in Surry Hills, Sydney.
This lovely woodcut was created by Michael Carter, a well loved long-term member of Devonshire Street Meeting.

Quaker Meeting Houses do not have steeples or crosses on top, they tend to be modest dwellings and inside the meeting room there is a circle of chairs surrounding a low table with flowers and a few inspirational books.

There is no pulpit and no vestry, as within a Quaker Meeting there is none who is above another — all are called to minister to one another and anyone who is moved to speak, of any gender and any age, is free to speak into the silence and to be listened to, with a silent time of reflection before anyone else speaks.

Worship in most Meeting Houses is on Sunday morning. Anyone can visit a Quaker Meeting to share in the peace and the silence.

Devonshire Street seeking new wardens

Friends at Devonshire Street are seeking two Wardens for a 12-month period from the beginning of November 2016.

The Wardens' role is a voluntary one, and the Meeting supplies a semi-furnished 2-bedroom loft flat with services, including unlimited internet usage and Wi-Fi. There is also a separate wardens’ office.

The Wardens are responsible for the general care and oversight of the Meeting House (Friends House) and the running of the guest accommodation and hall hire. There is ample opportunity for developing relationships with Friends, community and social justice groups and overnight guests. Quaker Service Australia (QSA) is based at Friends House.

The position would best suit active retirees or people in part-time employment, as some presence is required during the day to welcome guests and hall users. The Wardens are well supported by the Devonshire Street Local Meeting (DSLM) House Committee.

The Wardens need not be Members or Attenders, but are expected to be in sympathy with Quakers, and to understand Quaker testimonies and processes. Applicants should be Australian or New Zealand citizens or residents.

Wardens have served the DSLM since 1975 and, following extensive renovations to Friends House in 1999, improved accommodation has been available for both the Wardens and travelling Friends (and friends and family of Friends).

The Surry Hills area has changed considerably over the years and is now a thriving, eclectic mix of largely rejuvenated private housing, public housing, offices, cafes, restaurants, shops, clothing outlets, colleges, galleries, the award-winning Surry Hills Library, the Belvoir Theatre and, yes, still a number of ‘public houses’. There are two parks close by (one with a swimming pool) as well as a cycle track installed by the Council of the City of Sydney. Friends House is just 5 minutes walk from Central Station.
Come and spend a year in Sydney and enjoy what inner-city living has to offer! Further information is available from Jenny Madeline or Mary Pollard. Email: wardensearch[at]quakers.org.au Applications close on 31 July 2016 and should be sent to the above email address or posted to:
  • House Committee
  • Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • 119 Devonshire Street
  • Surry Hills NSW 2010
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