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Words and images in Glasgow

27 July 2017 | by Nuala Watt

A photograph from the exhibition. Cécile Nyiramana, clerk of Rwanda Yearly Meeting. | © Nigel Downes 2013.

As part of Refugee Week 2017 Glasgow Meeting played host to two challenging plays. Journeymen Theatre performed a double bill: Feeding the Darkness, on state-sanctioned torture, and The Bundle, which tells the story of a woman negotiating the UK asylum system. Simultaneously, we welcomed This Light that Pushes Me, a photographic...

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Images of Christ: Tablets of the law, tablets of the word

20 July 2017 | by Rowena Loverance

One of the eight 'Tablets of the Word' at Coventry Cathedral. | Herry Lawford / flickr CC.

Words set in stone have a long history in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. The first version of the Ten Commandments was believed to have been inscribed by the finger of God (Exodus 31:18). Funerary inscriptions from the Roman catacombs are among the earliest visual forms of Christian witness. They are characterised by...

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Moment’s benediction

20 July 2017 | by Trish Munn

'A moment of awe / a small benediction...' | John Morris / flickr CC.

A moment takes place between seeing and knowing we’ve seen. A moment of awe, a small benediction as when I met a fox in the lane, and we paused and looked at the otherness of other.

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Holiday or trespass

13 July 2017 | by Barbara Tonge

'We pay our pot of gold / To reach the sun...' | Big Cypress NPS / flickr CC.

We pay our pot of gold To reach the sun But not the rainbow’s end There is no rain.

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Christian beginnings

13 July 2017 | by Noël Staples

Geza Vermes, who died aged eighty-eight in 2013, was probably the greatest Jesus scholar of his time. The last book published in his lifetime, Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicea, AD 30-325, summarises his view of the historical Jesus the Jew, preaching to Jews, not gentiles as scholars such as E...

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At the Quaker burial ground, Long Sutton

06 July 2017 | by Roger Iredale

Long Sutton Meeting House. | Ken Grainger via Wikimedia Commons.

Beyond the window in the grassy burial ground the long-departed face the stars from which they came. Each modest headstone, laid out in total symmetry and modelled perfectly to fit some ancient template, proclaims the uniformity of all below. There are no crosses, angels or exotic slabs. The wording tells...

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Making connections

06 July 2017 | by Rowena Loverance

'Off Adventuring by dragon.' | Jill Green.

‘Before we stopped flying.’ It is a very simple image, like a child’s drawing, of two people perched on the back of a dragon, flying across the night sky; in the background is the famous ‘blue planet’ image of the Earth, just touching a circle of gold. The accompanying...

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Inside foodbank Britain

29 June 2017 | by Noël Staples | 1 comment

Why do people use foodbanks? In 2013 doctor Kayleigh Garthwaite began a five-year postgraduate project researching health inequalities in Stockton-on-Tees, about forty miles south of Newcastle and one of the most deprived areas in the UK. Her book, Hunger Pains: Life inside foodbank Britain, is based on this experience.

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What does love require of us?

22 June 2017 | by Pat Yates

'It is fascinating to see how the elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth correspond with the way Advices & queries unfolds.' | Glendon Rolston / flickr CC.

David Brown’s new booklet What does love require of us? Quaker promptings towards love in action, another in the excellent series produced by the Kindlers, is a gem.

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from ‘Written on Light’

22 June 2017 | by Philip Gross

Such a delicate cusp this evening: the sky, the sea           and the barely discernible hinge between them. No, I don’t believe in Judgement but yes, we will be held           ...

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