Issue 14-10-2016

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Thought for the Week: The present

FREE 13 Oct 2016 | by Trish Carn

All presents don’t arrive wrapped in pretty paper tied up with ribbon. Some come stealthily in the night. This is the way my most frequently received presents arrive. I awake and find the gift of a new day, sometimes wrapped in the pink and orangey hues of dawn. At...

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A new direction

13 Oct 2016 | by Oliver Robertson

QCEA General Assembly. | Photo: Andrew Lane/QCEA.

‘So, now we’re out of Europe there’s no point to QCEA any more, is there?’ It might seem a fair question. The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) was set up in 1979 following UK (and Irish and Danish) entry to what was then the European Economic Community and...

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Simplicity: Location and lifestyle

13 Oct 2016 | by Anne de Gruchy

What is a ‘simple life’ and how and where can we lead one? An unexpectedly rich seam from the interviews I conducted for my research came from asking how people’s cultural background and upbringing affected their approach to simplicity. In the BBC Radio 4 series Great Lives, Ann Limb suggested...

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Animals feted in Friends House

FREE 13 Oct 2016 | by Tara Craig

The display in Friends House. | Photo: Ann Johnson.

Friends House was the setting for an anniversary celebration on World Animal Day, 4 October.

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Inverness children honour Edith Cavell

13 Oct 2016 | by The Friend Newsdesk

The wreath being laid. | Photo: Sila Collins-Walden.

Children from Inverness Meeting laid a wreath of red and white poppies at the Edith Cavell Memorial in Inverness on Sunday 2 October.

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New appointment at QCEA

13 Oct 2016 | by Tara Craig

Olivia Caeymaex. | Photo: Courtesy of QCEA.

The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) has appointed a new ‘peace programme lead’.

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Eco Church award won by Friends

FREE 13 Oct 2016 | by Tara Craig

Bradford on Avon Meeting has had its environmental efforts acknowledged by the new Eco Church scheme.

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Israeli CO speaks of hope and dialogue

13 Oct 2016 | by Tara Craig

Huddersfield Friends recently organised two events featuring Sahar Vardi, an Israeli conscientious objector (CO) and peace activist.

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A Friendly look at the news

13 Oct 2016 | by Tara Craig

Gerald Conyngham of Exeter Meeting was a guest on BBC Radio Devon’s Maggy Whitehouse show on Sunday 2 October during Quaker Week.

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Friend launches petition

13 Oct 2016 | by The Friend Newsdesk

A Friend has launched an online petition to remove the ban on people in prison being allowed to vote in national and local elections.

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Break up the banks?

13 Oct 2016 | by Eleri Pengelly

The need for a radical revolution in banking was the subject of a stimulating event organised by London Quakers on 1 October, ‘Break up the banks?’, which attracted more than 100 people to Friends House.

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Facing up

13 Oct 2016 | by Linda Murray Hale

A weekend talking about death and dying may not sound a very appealing prospect and my husband, Steve, took some persuading to join me at the recent Bamford Quaker Community’s ‘When my time is up…’ workshop!

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Membership

13 Oct 2016 | by Richard Hankins

I am one of those awkward people who have attended for many years (twelve so far) with no intention of applying for membership to the Religious Society of Friends. In a recent article (9 September) Craig Barnett wrote: ‘Membership provides an opportunity for newcomers to make a deliberate act of commitment...

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Earthly limits

13 Oct 2016 | by David O’Donoghue

Dear Lord, thank You For the light of day For three birds flying across the sky For grey and white clouds

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Eye - 14 October 2016

13 Oct 2016 | by Eye

Putting wheels in motion A Quaker prison chaplain donned his shorts and set his wheels in motion to help raise over £10,000 for The House of Genesis. The project provides accommodation and practical support to homeless men, especially homeless ex-offenders, in Norwich. On 25 August Mark Bredin, who is a member of...

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Letters - 14 October 2016

13 Oct 2016 | by The Friend

The dead weight I would like to know how people like the anonymous author of ‘The dead weight’ (7 October) could find a way to wriggle out from under ‘the dead weight of bureaucracy around our necks’. How can the Friends at Sufferings (7 October), who felt that membership of Sufferings was ...

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