Issue 07-01-2022

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Thought for the Week: Jennifer Kavanagh re-reads Thomas Kelly

FREE 6 Jan 2022 | by Jennifer Kavanagh

I have been re-reading the American Quaker, Thomas Kelly. Not the much-loved A Testament of Devotion but the less familiar The Eternal Promise, a series of essays written between 1936 and 1940. Writing in a world on the edge and in the early days of war, Kelly knew well what it is...

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Country pursuits: Helen Minnis wants a rethink on how we refer to other nations

6 Jan 2022 | by Helen Minnis

‘True human development means a recognition that we are animals, and that we have no more right to planetary resources than any other species.’ | Photo: by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash

One Saturday last month, a group of Glasgow Quakers gathered in the pouring sleety rain to do some gardening in Gilshochill. Gilshochill (pronounced Gilshie-Hill) is known as a ‘materially deprived’ part of Glasgow, and this group meets once a month to tend a beautiful garden, orchard and labyrinth that has...

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A year of climate campaigning: What Rob Paton learned

6 Jan 2022 | by Rob Paton

‘The alternative is to look for common ground.’ | Photo: by Li-An Lim on Unsplash

I had been a ‘greenie’ for years, but not heard about Carbon Fee & Dividend (also known as Climate Income) until a Friend told me about it a couple of years ago. I visited the website of Citizens Climate Lobby UK – and wow! So simple. An arrangement that would turbo-charge...

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Making a scene: Tedd George tells of his father’s quest to build Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre

6 Jan 2022 | by Tedd George

‘My father’s creative work with the Quakers gets to the heart of what he believed.’ | Photo: David Brayshaw and Colin George watch the Crucible Theatre rise out of the ground, Sheffield, July 1970

On 9 November 2021, Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. On the same day, my sister and I published Stirring Up Sheffield: An insider’s account of the battle to build the Crucible Theatre. The book is based on the manuscript written by our late father, Colin George, who was...

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Lover of Souls, by Journeyman Theatre

6 Jan 2022 | by Fred Ashmore

'A one-woman dramatisation of key moments in the life of Elizabeth Hooton, early Quaker and mentor to George Fox.' | Photo: Lynn Morris as Elizabeth Hooton

Don’t Journeymen Theatre come up with surprises for us all? Perhaps their best known play on a Quaker theme is Red Flag over Bermondsey, but there’s so much more in their body of work. Friends and guests flocked to Kingston Quaker Centre last month to watch a performance...

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Conference calls: Richard Seebohm reports from Faith in Europe

6 Jan 2022 | by Richard Seebohm

'The EU was and is a peace project, and as such can be a pace-setter for nations outside the EU.' | Photo: by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

The European Union is running a Conference on the Future of Europe, to finish in spring 2022. Contributions are invited from anyone who has a case to make, not only from within the EU.

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Quakers lobby for anti-nuclear ban

FREE 6 Jan 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy

2021 got off to a positive start when the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was ratified.

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Quakers rally for COP26

FREE 6 Jan 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy

2021 was dominated by the twenty-sixth UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), with witness and discernment leading up to the gathering. Friends started preparing early with pilgrimages, relays, banner-making and art, including the Loving Earth project and the Pilgrimage for COP26, organised by Jonathan Baxter, who attends Glasgow Meeting.

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New Yorkshire centre opens

6 Jan 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy

Last year saw the first national Quaker centre open outside London for decades. The Quakers in Britain Yorkshire Centre opened in September as Friends continued the shift towards more local working.

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Lobbying, protest and witness

6 Jan 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy

Friends continued their witness last year with more taking part in Extinction Rebellion (XR) action, as well as Insulate Britain and youth climate strikes. In a year where the fundamental principle of protest came under threat with the imminent policing bill, Quakers took to the street to act out their...

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Greenham remembered

6 Jan 2022 | by Rebecca Hardy

The Quaker contribution to the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp was remembered in 2021 as peace campaigners celebrated its fortieth anniversary

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Letters - 7 January 2022

6 Jan 2022 | by The Friend

Vaccine discrimination I applaud our Society’s commitment to stand against discrimination of all kinds but what about discrimination against the unvaccinated? It’s a hugely divisive subject and Quakers will be as divided on it as any other group. What I’m asking is an ethical question. NHS doctors...

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