Issue 02-06-2017

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Thought for the Week: Slow but sure

FREE 1 Jun 2017 | by Judy Clinton

A young man started working at our local post office. He was tall, thin, shy and serious. He was very, very slow in attending to customers. He painstakingly and meticulously attached stamps straight and in an equidistant position relative to the corners of envelopes. Money was carefully and slowly put...

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What can I say?

1 Jun 2017 | by Kate Green

'My destination is unknown, but I’m trying to follow each step given me, in trust.' | Photo: Evelyn Mostrom via ‘Many Wonderful Artists’ / flickr CC.

I have been exploring how to ‘speak out’ as a Quaker since the Fair Penny petition was endorsed by Wanstead Local Meeting and North East Thames Area Meeting in 2013. This involved signing a petition, online or on paper, to tell the government: ‘I would pay an extra penny per pound...

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Reflections on the ‘Red Book’: Listening with both ears

1 Jun 2017 | by Alison Leonard

When in a knotty discussion about the meaning of life, I sometimes say that I have two little characters sitting on my shoulders and muttering into my ears: one is a believer, the other is a sceptic. These two characters have been very active of late, muttering to me from...

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My day after the Manchester bomb

1 Jun 2017 | by Liz Green

I get the message on my phone at 11:30pm on Monday night. I am texting my brother about taking Mum to an unexpected doctor’s appointment the next day. Our Mum is ninety-six. Is there any point in the referral? Why are we going? Mum is nearing the end of...

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Friends share sorrow and show solidarity with Manchester

FREE 1 Jun 2017 | by Harry Albright

Friends outside Friends House stand in solidarity with all affected by the Manchester Arena attack. | Photo: Anne van Staveren.

Friends around the UK and beyond have expressed sorrow and solidarity with the people of Manchester following the attack at the Manchester Arena on 22 May.

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The Coptic tradition

1 Jun 2017 | by Bessie White

A few years ago I visited the St George Coptic Cathedral in Stevenage as part of an interfaith coach outing. On that occasion the curtains in front of the sanctuary were closed and, although the icons on the screen were beautiful, the space felt nothing out of the ordinary.

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Two housing projects to celebrate

FREE 1 Jun 2017 | by Harry Albright

The Quaker Housing Trust (QHT) is celebrating two projects in Tamworth, Staffordshire, and Tunbridge Wells in Kent. In 2014 QHT made a capital costs grant of £12,000, with a further grant of £17,226 in 2016, so local non-profit organisation Home-Start could refurbish an ex-bed and breakfast property in Tamworth.

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Quakers in Wales hold general election forum

1 Jun 2017 | by The Friend Newsdesk

Quakers from Bala, Porthmadog and Pwllheli combined to hold a general election forum in Porthmadog Community Centre on 16 May.

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Draft treaty welcomed

1 Jun 2017 | by Harry Albright

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has welcomed a UN draft treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

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Elizabeth Fry commemoration

1 Jun 2017 | by Harry Albright

Two of the fifty Quaker prison chaplains who continue the legacy of Elizabeth Fry today were present at a reception last week to mark 200 years since she began her vital work in Newgate Prison among women facing death and deportation.

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Gudda future

1 Jun 2017 | by Piers Maddox

gudda [from the ancient word ghedh: to unite] 1 impulse to make the world better, to stand for values of humanity and justice; 2 becoming gudda: a process of self-transformation; 3 gudda inside: authentic inner goodness kernel. See also: wannabe gudda, misguided gudda, pseudo-gudda, badda

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Social care: a better way?

1 Jun 2017 | by Jonathan Griffith

I have quite severe cerebral palsy but I am determined and creative. Around the Christmas before last I was overdoing the struggle to get out of the bath and gradually lost the use of my right arm – which is essential to my independence – having trapped the nerves in my neck....

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Eye - 02 June 2017

1 Jun 2017 | by Eye

Seeking Friends and earth ‘Be bold! Never be afraid to admit your mistakes! That’s how we learn!’ So wrote Jill Allum, of Beccles Meeting, in a recent missive to Eye. In ‘A terrier for tales’ (Eye, 5 May) Jill told Friends about her search for information on John Scales, a...

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Letters - 02 June 2017

1 Jun 2017 | by The Friend

Perpetuating division David Boulton (28 April) comments that it will ‘surely come as a surprise to the thousands of Friends who marched to Aldermaston or who demonstrated against the Iraq invasion’ to learn of Peter Boyce’s argument (21 April) that ‘demonstrations, however well-intentioned… represent the politics of hate… [leading] to increased...

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