WFWP Scotland/UK sent us these two reports about their recent coffee mornings in May and June, by Keiko Fraser-Harris:
"Monthly Coffee Morning, May 2014
This month’s Coffee Morning was held on the 27th. We invited Ms. Rosamond Robertson, who participated in the “Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine”for 3 months in late 2011. She came to the“Bridge of Peace ceremony”in 2013 as the main speaker. She was happy to come to the Coffee Morning to talk about her life experiences. Rosamond was brought up in Jamaica in a minister’s family. She grew up freely with people of different skin colour as a part of her family. When her family moved back to Britain, they brought a Jamaican lady with them. When she was 18, she went to America to teach at a special school for black people who couldn’t go to a normal school because of their cotton picking work. She experienced racial segregation and prejudice against black people there.
When her family visited Egypt, she experienced the good heart of the Palestinian people and felt their genuine care and love - this was what awakened her interest in the Middle East and her awareness of the suffering there. Rosamond has 4 children and mentioned that we have to think with what values we raise our children: do we want them to have a great education to have promising career and become prosperous or do we want them to become people who love and respect others? After the talk, she initiated a discussion by asking each of us what we miss from our own country and how we deal with the differences. We were 12 people altogether."
"Monthly Coffee Morning, June 2014
This month’s Coffee Morning was held on the 24th. We invited a young lady, Ms. Nur Sakina Kadar, to give a talk about her project. She is from Malaysia originally and studied at Manchester University. She is interested in culture, religion and people. So when she decided to take a gap year, instead of going abroad as many British students do, she did volunteer work for 7 months inside Britain. She was the youngest volunteer. Now she is working as the communications manager of the Edinburgh Interfaith Association. Her project is to make a short film which is called, “Youth and Identity”. She chose three teenage girls- one Sikh, one Jewish and one Muslim – and is filming their life and opinions. This film will be ready by the end of July. She says that she learned about film making and how to deal with people through this project. We were 14 people and it was the biggest number since we started the Coffee morning this year. After Sakina’s talk, we enjoyed casual conversation over tea, coffee and snacks."