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Glimpses of Eden

18 October 2018 | by Rosalind Smith

'We come with our eyes more open and ready to be amazed and exhilarated by sights such as the murmurations of starlings...' | reway2007 / flickr CC.

Jonathan Tulloch will be known to many, not only for his novels, which have been serialised on BBC Radio 4, but also for the series of gentle, thought-provoking passages he writes regularly in the ‘Nature Notebook’ in The Times and, probably more amongst Catholics, in The Tablet. Glimpses of Eden: Field...

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A study of tribunals

11 October 2018 | by Anthony Wilson

Britain was the first country to include the right to claim conscientious objection as a reason for exemption from military service. The Military Service Act of 1916 brought in conscription for the first time in Britain, to make up for the heavy losses of military lives in the first eighteen months...

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Sing John Ball

04 October 2018 | by Peter Boyce

I suggest that the phrase ‘Quakers believe everyone is equal’ needs the concluding words: ‘before God.’ It then stands as a fundamental Quaker belief. The problem in adding Jesus as a fundamental, I feel, is that we are straying into avoidable dogma, as some believe and some don’t. The...

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Staging a Meeting

27 September 2018 | by Rowena Loverance

Left: Charlotte Jones. Right: The stage set for 'The Meeting'. | Helen Maybanks.

How does your average audience member respond when they enter a theatre and find a Quaker Meeting in progress on the stage? They chat to their neighbour and fiddle with their phone, presumably. But no, apparently not. Rather, they fall silent and uphold the Meeting. And maybe, even, this reflective...

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My Old Execrable

27 September 2018 | by Gillian Allnutt

And the earth gave way unexpectedly like a newly arthritic knee and left me

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Poacher’s pilgrimage

27 September 2018 | by Ian Kirk-Smith

Rodel, south Harris, the start of the pilgrimage. | Alastair McIntosh.

Alastair McIntosh, a Scottish Quaker, writer, broadcaster and activist, records, in Poacher’s Pilgrimage, a twelve-day trek from the bottom of the Isle of Harris to the top of Lewis in the Hebrides.

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Camel scorpions

13 September 2018 | by Martin Schweiger

'The version of Christianity brought south along the Nile Valley into Africa by the eunuch must be one of the earliest versions of the faith.' | Shaun Osborne / flickr CC.

Albert Delma’s new work, Camel Scorpions, is a weighty book of almost 600 pages, which rapidly becomes really entertaining, readable and informative. The main character is a country vicar, Martin Kimpton, from Herefordshire, who has developing doubts about the historical authenticity of Jesus. He focuses his attention on the period...

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Life in uncertainty

13 September 2018 | by Bob Morley

'See here – a new born child / Created by love into the world.' | GioRetti / flickr CC.

See here – a new born child Created by love into the world. Brought from timeless eternity Into uncertainty. The illusion of time and space Now fuels the human race, Needing an identity in every place, Creating uncertainty.

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The email and the picture / The picture and the email

06 September 2018 | by Mick Bow

'Then The Beloved showed me a picture of / – A beautiful, breathing, flexing Pearl...' | Elinor Smallman.

The email and the picture Aaaargghhhh! They’ve done it again! What a ridiculous email! Don’t they think about others?!! Why doesn’t someone speak to them?!!!

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First confession

06 September 2018 | by Reg Naulty

Chris Patten, perhaps best known as the last British governor of Hong Kong, was also an MP for thirteen years and held ministerial posts under Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Later, he was a commissioner in the EU, chairman of the BBC Trust and chancellor of Oxford University....

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