Hilda Clark (1881-1955) was a doctor, an aid worker and a Quaker. Like many pacifists, when World War I broke out, she chose not to simply evade the war, but to use the gifts God had given her to help those caught up in it. As well as being instrumental in establishing the Friends’ War Victims Relief Committee, she herself traveled to France where she set up a maternity home for refugees, and was involved in much humanitarian aid and relief work.
Why are we telling you this? Because she gives her name to one of the seminar rooms we will be using at Friends’ House for the COURAGE conference. In fact, rather appropriately, it is where the seminars on being a church for a broken world will be held. Hilda’s faith in God gave her the courage to step up and do his will in challenging and often dangerous circumstances. What an inspiring role model.