‘There was a great movement to help Friends extricate themselves from being internally focused.’

Conference call: a century on from a seminal gathering, Gretchen Castle wants a repeat

This image shows one of the seventy-seven Quaker Tapestry embroideries made by 4,000 people from fifteen countries. Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal, UK. | Photo: © Quaker Tapestry. www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk

In 1916, during the first world war, an invitation went out to Friends throughout the world, across Quaker branches. It asked Friends to come together in London to engage in a thorough consideration of Friends’ testimony against war. It was a bold move, and Friends responded.

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