Issue 20-01-2023

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Spoilt for choice? Dana Smith’s Thought for the week

FREE 19 Jan 2023 | by Dana Smith

During lockdown, when human background noise quieted, the birds seemed more present. As I watched them tear through the sky, I pondered the mystery that calls starlings to pirouette in perfect murmurations. Like Quakers, they seem pretty non-hierarchical, rotating the role of directional change. The gatherings allow them to evade...

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Intensive care: Barrie Mahoney from the chemotherapy treatment room

19 Jan 2023 | by Barrie Mahoney

‘It was then that I heard the words that we all dread hearing.’ | Photo: by Marcelo Leal on Unsplash

Maybe it’s time to put your affairs in order?’ is a form of words with which many patients with a terminal diagnosis are familiar. It is intended to give the broadest possible indication to the patient that they have limited time left. I have witnessed these words being said...

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Fighting talk: Tony D’Souza has a personal take on the war in Ukraine

19 Jan 2023 | by Tony D’Souza

‘Ukrainians are highly motivated because they know what they are fighting for.’ | Photo: by FLY:D on Unsplash

Wars, like football matches, are often lost rather than won. But how do you lose a war? As it turns out, there are a number of ways.

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Sound effects: Amanda Moore’s signal to noise ratio

19 Jan 2023 | by Amanda Moore

‘Could we – should we – be making more noise?’ | Photo: by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash

When I first came to Quakers, and tried to imagine what ‘the promptings and leadings of the spirit’ might be like, I wondered whether I should be listening for a deep, bellowing voice. Before long, though, I discovered that there are other ways of communicating. Now, as I try to...

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Call for debate into ‘military space race’

FREE 19 Jan 2023 | by Rebecca Hardy

Protest at Newquay Spaceport | Photo: courtesy Drone Wars UK

Quakers are supporting calls for wider public discussion into military expansion into space.

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Home to the harbour lights

19 Jan 2023 | by Rosie Adamson-Clark

'Like 2 blinking eyes, Guiding vessels to safety, Never dimming, On in all weathers...' | Photo: by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Across the ink dark oily sludge, It could not be called water, Surely not, Muck that flowed slow As treacle from the dented Tin in our kitchen cupboard,

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Call to ‘defend democracy and human rights’

FREE 19 Jan 2023 | by Rebecca Hardy

There is a pressing need to defend our human rights this year, Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has said, as more anti-democratic measures are in the pipeline. Writing on the Quakers in Britain website, Grace Da Costa says that significant legislation brought to parliament this year includes the Bill of Rights...

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Friend’s 500-mile walk for rainforest

19 Jan 2023 | by Rebecca Hardy

A Manchester Friend is walking 500 miles in the next twelve months to raise funds for a lawsuit to protect Malaysian people from environmental exploitation.

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‘Ubuntu’ agenda for 2024 World Plenary

19 Jan 2023 | by Rebecca Hardy

Tim Gee, general secretary of Friends Worldwide Committee for Consultation (FWCC), introduced ‘Ubuntu’, the 2024 World Plenary theme, to London Quakers earlier this month.

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QCEA study tour a ‘major success’

19 Jan 2023 | by Rebecca Hardy

Quaker Concern for European Affairs (QCEA) has said that its latest study tour ‘proved to be a major success with more than twenty participants from all over the world’.

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Quaker Shaped Christianity: How the Jesus story and the Quaker way fit together, by Mark Russ

19 Jan 2023 | by Jonathan Wooding

All Quaker-shaped human beings should read Mark Russ’s book, please. Its title is intended to appeal, it seems, to Christians who are not Quakers and want to know why Quakerism has to be a thing at all. But it also serves to remind Christianity-phobic Friends that the ‘forgetting of...

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Eye - 20 January 2023

19 Jan 2023 | by Elinor Smallman

Time to play It made Eye’s day when the first paper creation crafted from these pages appeared in the mailbag last week! Joanna Parker told Eye: ‘The proportions of the paper house in the 23 & 30 December issue of the Friend reminded me of the Meeting house at North Walsham,...

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Letters - 20 January 2023

19 Jan 2023 | by The Friend

Refugees from Ukraine Each county in Wales was asked to find somewhere for refugees from Ukraine early in 2022 when the Russian occupation stepped up, and we were fortunate in Bangor that a university hall of residence could be made available. An existing refugee support group on Ynys Môn / Anglesey,...

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