This week, to mark national Quaker Week, Bootham School’s RE teaching department will be transformed into a “Reflective space” complete with indoor yurt, housing a calming bubble tube as a focus for meditation.
Bootham’s Head of RE, Tracy Copestake, explained
Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the Quaker teachings which challenge us to ‘Be patterns, be examples, in all countries, to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one.’ In school our outlook is beyond the limits of national boundaries – in the yurt we’ll have a world map where prayers and thoughts can be posted for people in areas of crisis or conflict; we’ll make cut-outs of our footprint to stick on the wall describing the steps we have made this year and the things we hope to achieve in the months to come.
The week also sees the start of a series of public lecture Peace Talks at the School, opening with Professor Paul Rogers from Bradford University’s Peace Studies department, on the threats to Peace since 9/11. The series includes Professor Kate Pickett, co-author of the bestselling book ‘The Spirit Level’, who will be speaking on ‘Why Global Inequality Matters’.