Friends World Committee for Consultation - Europe & Middle East Section


Julia Ryberg's Cary Lecture

Julia Ryberg, Co-ordinator of EMES Ministry and Outreach Programme, gave the Cary Lecture at German Yearly Meeting in October 2011. The lecture was entitled Wahrhaftig leben:Ent-täuscht und erhellt werden (English translation Becoming authentic:Disillusionment and Enlightenment).

The lecture, springing from deep and often painful personal experience, encourages us to see the truth about ourselves and our communities, speak this truth to each other, and ultimately live in the truth that the Light reveals to us.

Click here for the German and the English text of the lecture.

The Richard Cary Lecture has been held annually during German Yearly Meeting since 1936 (with the exception of the years from 1940 to1947 when, due to the War, Quakers were not able to meet).

Born in 1886, Richard Cary was active in the AFSC relief service in Germany after WWI and again after 1930 as Secretary of the International Quaker Bureau in Berlin which sought to assist Jews. After an exhausting tour of lecturing in the U.S. in an effort to create much-needed connection and understanding across national borders, he returned to Berlin where he died in 1933. His ashes are interred in the cemetery of the Quaker House in Bad Pyrmont where the yearly meeting is traditionally held. Richard Cary had joined German Friends in membership. Baltimore Friends created a fund for the support of this Lecture named in his memory.

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