Issue 18-03-2011

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What is a just war?

17 Mar 2011 | by Leslie Stevenson

There have been two broad traditions about war within Christianity. Pacifism was dominant in the first three centuries, but the theory of a ‘just war’, developed by Augustine and refined by others, has since been the majority Christian view.

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European Energy Security?

FREE 17 Mar 2011 | by Simon Bond

A burning Middle Eastern oil well. | Photo: Bombardier/flickr CC.

The links between energy security, conflict and climate change were lively subjects of discussion among Friends in York recently at a Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) conference.

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Reclaiming humanism

17 Mar 2011 | by Janet Toye

Sculptures at Vigelands park in Oslo. | Photo: Mads Boedker/flickr CC

The term ‘humanism’ has several meanings, including both a historical movement associated with the Renaissance, and a secular movement based on reason and ethics that rejects religious beliefs.

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Arms anyone?

17 Mar 2011 | by Ken Veitch

A ‘rebel’ fighter opposed to the Gaddafi regime during fighting near the town of Bin-Jawad, eastern Libya, Tuesday, 8 March 2011. | Photo: AP Photo/Hussein Malla/flickr CC.

Successive British governments, including our present one, have happily traded weapons – euphemistically described as ‘defence equipment’ – to almost anyone who will buy them. We are in the world’s top five countries in the value of the weapons we sell overseas.

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Census queries answered

FREE 17 Mar 2011 | by Anthony Woolhouse

In the Friend (25 February) the letters from Dai Jenkins and Gerard Bane stated that the award of a large contract to Lockheed Martin to run the census might lead, under the terms of the Patriot Act, to the US government potentially demanding access to personal census data on the UK...

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Japanese earthquake and Friends

17 Mar 2011 | by Symon Hill

Japanese Friends have met to discern God’s guidance on how they can best respond to the suffering caused by last week’s earthquake and tsunami. They have also thanked Quakers in Britain for messages of support and love.

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American conscientious objector wins appeal

FREE 17 Mar 2011 | by Symon Hill

A conscientious objector in the US has won his appeal for discharge from the navy despite anti-Quaker insults used by an officer investigating his claim.

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Under 18 recruitment setback

17 Mar 2011 | by Symon Hill

Quakers have expressed disappointment with a committee of MPs who have recommended keeping the minimum age of military recruitment at sixteen. The UK is the only country in Europe to routinely recruit people aged under eighteen into the armed forces.

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Cardiff compromise

17 Mar 2011 | by Symon Hill

Friends in Cardiff have supported a compromise in a controversy over the use of their Meeting house.

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Reaching for God

17 Mar 2011 | by Richard Bauman

For a moment, imagine yourself as a trapeze artist. You grasp the trapeze bar, kick off from the platform, and swing out into space. You manoeuvre into position, hanging from the bar by your knees. You swing back and forth, gaining momentum as you go higher and higher. Then, at...

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Disabled church –  disabled society

17 Mar 2011 | by Mandy Lawrence

John Gillibrand is an Anglican priest and father of Adam, a teenager on the autistic spectrum. Disabled church, disabled society is an ambitious book in which he discusses the implications of autism for state, society and church. I found his work moving, thoughtful and thought-provoking. The personal becomes not only...

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Letters - 18 March 2011

17 Mar 2011 | by Friendweb

Recognition Recently at work someone three rungs up the management tree praised a project I completed both privately to me and publicly to colleagues. This is not usual practice where I have worked for sixteen years. I felt touched and encouraged by this and told him so. I have recently...

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Eye - 18 March 2011

17 Mar 2011 | by Eye

Buried at Bunhill One of the most important four acres in Britain, associated with Quakerism and the dissenting tradition, has been given a stamp of approval by the establishment. The cemetery at Bunhill Fields in London has been declared a grade one listed park by the government. Founded in the 166...

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