Issue 27-01-2023

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Milky way: Dana Smith’s Thought for the week

FREE 26 Jan 2023 | by Dana Smith

It was Sunday and the rain rained and the sun shone. Light spangled where rain and sun mingled as we bustled into Meeting for Worship. When it came time for tea and biscuits, Jane paused by the fridge and asked, ‘Did anyone get the milk?’

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Poetry in motion again: the final leg of James Priestman’s itinerant witness

26 Jan 2023 | by James Priestman

‘Tommy has lived out a simpler life than most people I know, and is also one of the most content people that I have ever met.’ | Photo: James Priestman in Brigflatts

Last year, I resolved to spend four weeks hitchhiking around the United Kingdom as a way of talking to people about the Quaker testimonies. In June I spent a week hitchhiking to Quaker sites of interest in Leicestershire and Lancashire (1 July, 2022). In August I spent two weeks hitchhiking and engaging...

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Invitation for George Fox woodland commemoration

FREE 26 Jan 2023 | by Rebecca Hardy

The design for the ‘Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer’

Quakers have been invited to contribute a commemoration of George Fox to a ‘Wall of Answered Prayer’.

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Human kind: Martyn Kelly answers a cinematic question

26 Jan 2023 | by Martyn Kelly

‘We all have the capacity to influence others.’ | Photo: Brendan Gleeson (left) and Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

There is a scene in The Banshees of Inisherin (the Golden Globe winner, tipped for Oscar success), where one character, played by Brendan Gleeson, asks another: ‘Do you know who we remember for how nice they was in the seventeenth century?’

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In the bleak midwinter? Pete Ramshaw has an alternative Christmas Day

26 Jan 2023 | by Pete Ramshaw

‘I sat at the back. I was hoping for some revelation or great insight, but I was just cold. I sat a while longer. Then I heard voices...’ | Photo: Farfield Meeting House

Christmas is a celebration for most: a time for Christians to mark Christ’s birth, and a time to spend lots of money and overindulge for maybe too many.

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Getting real: Abigail Maxwell takes care of her self

26 Jan 2023 | by Abigail Maxwell

‘I begin to see the false self for what it is.’ | Photo: by Christine Zenino (Wikimedia Commons)

Have you a light within, which shines from you, and speaks and acts through you? Does something else get in the way?

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Funding ‘energy champions’

FREE 26 Jan 2023 | by Rebecca Hardy

Central England Quakers (CEQ) are supporting a joint fuel poverty project to create a network of ‘energy champions’.

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Suspended sentence for Just Stop Oil Quaker

26 Jan 2023 | by Rebecca Hardy

A Quaker received a six-month suspended sentence last month after climbing onto a gantry on the M25 as part of a Just Stop Oil (JSO) protest.

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Quaker lockdown community marks 1,001 days

26 Jan 2023 | by Rebecca Hardy

A Quaker community that was created to help Friends in lockdown marked its 1,001st online worship this month.

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Auction of Quaker abolitionist archives

26 Jan 2023 | by Rebecca Hardy

An archive of handwritten letters and printed material compiled by a leading Quaker abolitionist is going to auction next month.

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Eye - 27 January 2023

26 Jan 2023 | by Elinor Smallman

Getting to know you (and us) Eye wants to provide a space to enable Friends to find fellowship with each other, and give each other glimpses into the rich tapestry of our community. Could part of this be posing light-hearted questions for you, our trusty readers, to send in answers?...

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On the quiet

26 Jan 2023 | by Bob Ward

No, not the stasis   of the railway waiting room,   people held between arrival   and hopes for a departure,   each coddling their isolation   by nosing deeply in a paper   or fingering restlessly   the keypad on their phone,   wondering why the train runs late ...

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Letters - 27 January 2023

26 Jan 2023 | by The Friend

Our commitment There’s been a spate of Israel/Palestine letters recently. It may be helpful to set out the position of Britain Yearly Meeting, which is nuanced, and carefully so.  First and foremost, all our actions in the region are intended to build a just, enduring peace. Britain...

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