Message from the Pastoral Care and Eldership Team (PaCET) for Sunday Meeting 14th April 2024

Dear Friends, As many of you know, Rodney Brunt died recently. For those of us who had the privilege of knowing Rodney, we were immediately struck by his warmth and Message from the Pastoral Care and Eldership Team (PaCET) for Sunday Meeting 14th April 2024

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, Rodney Brunt died recently. For those of us who had the privilege of knowing Rodney, we were immediately struck by his warmth and kindness. He was there at the door of our Meeting House as the welcoming elder the first time I attended. His greeting not only put me at ease but he also shared with me the George Fox dictum about walking cheerfully over the world. It was a small gesture, but one that left an impression on me and helped shape my journey within the Society.

His encouragement didn’t stop there. He saw potential in others and sought to nurture it. He gently nudged me towards a Woodbrooke course for newcomers to the Society, a decision that enriched my understanding and deepened my connection to the Quaker community. His guidance and support were instrumental in helping me find my place within our spiritual family.

But beyond his wisdom and guidance, it was Rodney’s sense of humour that endeared him to me. He introduced himself as a retired lotus-eater! His self-deprecating wit could lighten even the heaviest of moments, reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously and to find joy in the simplest of things.

At his recent memorial service, a Friend also spoke of his kindness, a quality that resonated deeply with those who were present. His capacity for compassion and empathy touched the lives of many.

Alan Thompson

on behalf of the Pastoral Care and Eldership Team (David Hitchin, Chris Lawson, Tim Pitt-Payne, Caroline Pybus, Theresa Samms and Nancy Wall)