Issue 11-03-2011

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Understanding discernment

10 Mar 2011 | by Martin Ward

We can go into a room with a dozen assorted Friends, or several hundred, and come out with the will of God written on a piece of paper. Put that bluntly, our claim may seem preposterous. But in more cautious language, with caveats, it is a claim that lies at...

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Yearly Meeting Gathering

FREE 10 Mar 2011 | by Laurie Michaelis

On 30 July, around 1,500 Friends and their families will make their pilgrimage to Canterbury for Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG). We will stay for a week on the campus of the University of Kent at Canterbury, on a hillside overlooking the city. All are welcome – members, attenders, and non-Quaker family members and...

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A Gathering of all ages

10 Mar 2011 | by Simon Best

Children and young people are part of our Quaker community. Their presence and their contributions enrich our life together as a spiritual community. Given this, the programmes for children and young people will be a central and vibrant part of Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG). These programmes follow the YMG theme...

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Doing something different

10 Mar 2011 | by Ursula Fuller

Dover Castle is one of the possible outings. | Photo: Jim Higham, University of Kent.

Whether you prefer quiet contemplation or vigorous action, there will be something interesting for you at Canterbury. Do something different day (prosaically known as Wednesday in the outside world) will give us an opportunity for just that. Some Quakers will even get a chance to walk in the footsteps of...

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10 Mar 2011 | by Liz Anderton

Thinking about going to YMG in Canterbury? Excited? Daunted? Should I go? We all have these questions.

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Threat to soup runs

FREE 10 Mar 2011 | by Symon Hill

'Working together for a safer London?’ | Photo: Squirk/flickr CC

This was the case in the Irish famine and in Germany in the twentieth century – but today in London, this simple act of charity has provoked a heated debate.

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Letters - 11 March 2011

10 Mar 2011 | by Friendweb

Supporting both sides? To say that I feel a little embattled and weary as a concerned advocate in support of initiatives that could lead to peace, justice and reconciliation between the state of Israel and the Palestinian people is perhaps an understatement. Our Advices & queries, among many useful questions...

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Alive in each other

10 Mar 2011 | by Harvey Gillman

I have been reading the Friend since I joined the Society at Leigh-on-Sea some thirty-six years ago. I think it was there that I was surprised when one of the older members told me that the first thing she read in the Friend was the ‘hatch, match, and despatch’ column....

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Concern for health care

FREE 10 Mar 2011 | by Jeanne Warren

David Cameron is striking at the very heart of the public service ethos, starting with the Health and Social Care Bill.

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Eye - 11 March 2011

10 Mar 2011 | by Eye

Any blankets? Conscientious objectors can end up in the most extraordinary situations in wartime, our Friend Mary Penny reminds Eye. While doing a ‘spring clean’ of papers, which included some from the end of the second world war, Mary found a fascinating article, with hand-written words at the bottom: September 1944....

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Straw bales for San Diego

10 Mar 2011 | by Symon Hill

The Californian city of San Diego is to host the world’s first Quaker Meeting House made of straw bales. More than eighty volunteers have been involved over a period of four years in the process of building the San Diego Friends Center, which will open with a weekend of...

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Legal challenge to cuts

10 Mar 2011 | by Symon Hill

Conflict over cuts to housing benefit is set to move to the courts.  The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has launched legal action against the government.

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International Women’s Day

10 Mar 2011 | by Symon Hill

Quakers were among those marking International Women’s Day on Tuesday. 

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