Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
Friends may recall Tomasz Kowalski, a Friend from Torun Poland who visited England during 4th and 5th month months of this year. He wished to make contact with Friends here, and approached New Foundation Fellowship. Eventually we met at Bromley Local Meeting in South East London. Following Meeting, Tomasz spoke to us about his work among ex-prisoners in Poland. Later he joined our Gathering in Ripley and spoke of it as a wonderful experience.
Tomasz returned to Poland with the aim of providing a means for those interested in Quaker Christianity to meet, develop their understanding and commitment, and follow the Quaker Way as it is understood within the New Foundation Community. We have recently heard from him again and it seems that despite having to overcome difficulties, he has established a small, but hopefully growing, Meeting within his home town. They meet every 3rd day at 6.p.m. I am sure that we would wish to uphold them, and remember them in our prayers.
Tomasz has prepared a pamphlet setting out the basic history of, and facts about, Quakerism. There seems to be little or no other Quaker literature in Polish available in Poland. I am told that an Australian writer has translated some of the works of George Fox into that language. Any information that Friends can provide regarding Polish Quaker writings would be appreciated.
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Malcolm, this is very interesting. I have been wondering what had come of the meeting with Tomasz Kowalski. At one point, Allistair and I discussed putting up some basic message in other languages on this site. Would Tomasz' pamphlet be appropriate for such a purpose?
I think this is a very good idea. I have a copy of the pamphlet, but it would have to be proof-read. Also, we would need specific permission before publishing extracts.
Tomasz will be coming to England in September, and will be meeting up with Alistair and with me. That may be a good time to discuss the matter with him. This may be a spur to reaching out to other language zones.
I feel that we must uphold this group in Poland. There seems to have been a great deal of struggle involved in establishing it and keeping it together.
I will keep you posted.
Thanks Malcolm. Do you read or speak Polish? I don't.