Issue 02-09-2021

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For God’s sake: Neil Morgan’s thought for the week

FREE 2 Sep 2021 | by ‘I think the erasure of the word “God”, would be a signal that our humanity had atrophied.’

In Meeting for Worship recently, I was moved by the image of someone I know who washes his car nearly every day. I was tempted to say he did it ‘religiously’.

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Prison break: Mike Nellis on Friends and criminal justice

2 Sep 2021 | by Mike Nellis

‘It has been a long time since BYM said anything on penal matters that was remotely equal to the challenge.’ | Photo: by Hasan Almasi on Unsplash

Back in 1996 I undertook a year-long Joseph Rowntree Travelling Fellowship on ‘Revitalising penal reform in the Society of Friends’. I had been drawn to Quakers a decade or so earlier by their peace witness and their long involvement in penal reform. The latter was already an established interest of mine....

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The making of a minute: Jane Mace, part of the eldership team, reflects on Yearly Meeting Gathering

2 Sep 2021 | by Jane Mace

‘I just want to celebrate the extraordinary care given to the authorship.’ | Photo: by Sofia on Unsplash

This year’s Yearly Meeting (YM)was unlike any before it, yet it was completely grounded in all the old principles. As a Gathering, there was much more going on than in the standard YM programme – and while non-residential in one sense, Friends were very much residential, just in our...

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XR Quakers spotlight City of London

FREE 2 Sep 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy

Lock-on | Photo: courtesy Ian Bray

Quakers helped highlight the role of the UK’s financial sector in the climate crisis as part of the latest witness by Extinction Rebellion (XR).

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Beginning with oneself: Alastair McIntosh shares a lesson from Raimon Panikkar

FREE 2 Sep 2021 | by Raimon Panikkar

Photo: Raimon Panikkar in 2007 by Milena Carrara on Wikimedia Commons

COP26, will soon take place a mile away from Glasgow Meeting House. What might we and other faith groups have to offer? We are the bearers of centuries-old spiritual insights. If we are awake, might these speak to our times?

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Green in judgment? Oliver Penrose on investment over tax

2 Sep 2021 | by Oliver Penrose

‘To maintain living standards without fossil fuel, we need new energy sources.’ | Photo: by RawFilm on Unsplash

The 30 July issue of the Friend contained a report that Milton Keynes Council, encouraged by local Quakers, had voted in favour of a ‘Carbon Fee and Dividend’ proposal. In this scheme (also known as ‘Climate Income’), a tax is levied on the sale of fossil fuels, and the revenue of...

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Friends mark forty years since Greenham Peace Camp

FREE 2 Sep 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy

Quakers were among those marking the fortieth anniversary of the Greenham Women’s Peace Camp this week.

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Bristol Quakers work for peaceful schools

2 Sep 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy

Bristol Quakers are starting a new online course for promoting peace in schools following a renewed interest in the programme since the pandemic.

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins Copley Medal

2 Sep 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy

The Quaker astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell has become the second woman to win the Copley Medal for her work on the discovery of pulsars.

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Quakers send ‘messages from the heart’

2 Sep 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy

Friends have been submitting ‘messages from the heart’ to feature on a large Quaker banner going to the UN Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November.

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Honest to God: Abigail Maxwell on being an atheist Christian

2 Sep 2021 | by Abigail Maxwell

How can I claim to be Christian if I do not believe in God? As an Anglican I said every week, ‘I believe in God the Father Almighty’. Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christians all regularly say the same. I do not believe in an all-powerful creator, eternal and so in...

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Hope’s Work, by David Gee

2 Sep 2021 | by Frank Regan

David Gee, a long-time peace activist, wrote this book to ask if there can be a future in an age of crisis. Crisis seems to be a hallmark of our collective existence and recent history. The experience of it directs us to a turning-point. Which way to go? We have...

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Come to my house

2 Sep 2021 | by Dana Littlepage Smith

Some would number us in lost accounting piles: a wind toppled abacus of old Quakers. Our vestments of truth may be frayed to lace, the burlap of equality clotted with centuries of mistakes.

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Letters - 2 September 2021

2 Sep 2021 | by The Friend

‘The Life between Live’ Tony D’Souza in his article ‘Double Cross’ (20 August) gives us a beautiful example of exemplary Zen logic – if we follow these steps, then that will happen. But is it that simple? I have tried this for a ninety-four-year lifetime but without success, as there always...

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