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Moments from a Meeting

13 April 2010 | by Roger Ellis

Light | Jez Smith

‘The Friends themselves are the colour and the movement’

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No-nonsense guide to religion

FREE 08 April 2010 | by Robin Bennett


The No-Nonsense Guide to Religion by Symon Hill. New Internationalist. ISBN: 978 190 65232 99. £7.99. This No-Nonsense Guide series is new to the reviewer and judging by their first list, it is welcome, slipping into a pocket, readable and contemporary. This Guide to Religion also does what is says on the tin, though the...

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The Way of the Cross

08 April 2010 | by Rowena Loverance | 1 comment

Perfidy by Andrew Rafferty | Andrew Rafferty

In his The Quest of the Historical Jesus, Albert Schweitzer famously wrote: ‘He comes to us as One unknown’. The unknowability of Jesus is one of the great mysteries of Christianity. During the week leading up to Easter, as we follow the details of his life and death, do we...

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A rising star

FREE 31 March 2010 | by Rowena Loverance

Tom Harper was brought up as a Quaker in north London: his father Rod was clerk of North West London Area Meeting, he went to Quaker summer schools and Junior Yearly Meeting and still occasionally attends Meeting for Worship. He had anticipated my question about the extent to which Quaker...

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The Scouting book for boys

31 March 2010 | by Rowena Loverance

Thomas Turgoose with Steven Mackintosh in The Scouting Book For Boys |

Can most Friends remember their ‘coming-of-age’ summer, I wonder? I certainly can, and, like the two young people in The Scouting Book for Boys, mine also involved a caravan park. And waving fields of golden corn. Plus absent parents, of course; that’s pretty much an essential ingredient. I don...

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Passions and mysteries

31 March 2010 | by Janet Scott

Prologue: I am the Word | Passion Play Oberammergau 2010

This year the village of Oberammergau in Bavaria will put on its Passion play for the forty-first season. In 1633 central Europe was gripped by the Thirty Years War (1618-1848), poverty and the plague, which had killed thousands – eighty in the tiny village of Oberammergau itself. After months of suffering the...

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In comes the citizen approach

24 March 2010 | by Christopher Vincenzi


Beyond the Profits System: Possibilities for a Post-Capitalist Era by Harry Shutt. Zed Books. ISBN 978-184813-417-1. £12.99.  How are we to get through the current global financial and economic crisis? Harry Shutt, who saw the storm clouds approaching several years ago, offers some radical solutions to the problems...

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It’s the economy, clever

24 March 2010 | by Judy Kirby


The end of money and the future of civilization by Thomas H Greco Jr. Floris Books. ISBN 978-086315-733-2. £12.99.  Prosperity without growth by Tim Jackson. Earthscan. ISBN 978-1-84407-894-3. £12.99.  Back in the 1970s, an academic called Theodore Roszak roused some of us with fighting talk...

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Honouring death through dance

17 March 2010 | by Linda Murgatroyd

| Photo: Oliver Lamford.

Soul Play is a gentle and intimate dance-theatre duet that explores the moments following a young man’s death. Kate Flatt devised it in response to her own grief upon the death of family members. A secondment at a local hospice as part of a Rayne Choreographic fellowship encouraged this...

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Lent talks on BBC Radio 4

10 March 2010 | by Judy Kirby

Novelist Will Self could be labelled an angry old man. But he has charisma and can certainly put over an argument. The ingenious suggestion he makes in the first BBC Radio 4 Lent talks (24 February) is that we are worshipping art rather than God these days. The churches are empty; the...

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