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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, March 17, 2004
    To the spirit of QIC
    Another good overnight stay at the well-sited, very relaxed, extremely reasonably-priced Quaker International Centre (QIC) just down the road from Euston, tempered on leaving by the news that soon it is to close; the big hostel on Byng Place to become university accommodation.

    Like so much else: passing through Liverpool tonight, new student hostels seem to emerge at every turn. It's a sign of the times - the burgeoning further/higher education business, the demise of great spiritual centres.

    "Quakers respect the creative power of God in every human being and in the world around us. We work through quiet processes for a world where peaceful means bring about just settlements."

    I wonder if the university will think about keeping the spirit of QIC in place; if nothing else, I hope they fix the shower in the bathroom I flooded this morning...