Covering Yearly Meeting for the Friend can require different levels of attention. On the one hand we want to offer a clear, factual report of what happens. But a faithful account wouldn’t be possible without some feeling for what Light was being shone on the matters at hand.
There was too much going on at Yearly Meeting 2019 to get to everything. But, with the help of some Friends – and with apologies for what we missed – the Friend managed to get to a range of special interest meetings, lectures and parallel sessions.
I had some difficulty with the Swarthmore Lecture this year. One part of this was quite wholesome: the lecture was telling us that if we were going to respond creatively and effectively to the climate threat, we would have to dig deep into ourselves, perhaps deeper than most of us...
If you went down to Friends House last week, you were in for a big surprise… from two furry Friends in ‘plain dress’. They explored Yearly Meeting and shared their journey on Twitter, via #QuakerBears, wearing tiny outfits in the fashion of early Friends, who strove, to quote William Penn,...
The partly Quaker-led Art the Arms Fair collective has launched the first of its ‘Instagram residencies’ of artists taking part in the art protest against the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair in September.
Quaker bodies are among 108 organisations that have signed a declaration called: ‘Save the European Peace Project.’
The Quaker-founded Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has outlined how the government can ‘call time on the injustice of in-work poverty’ following recent proposals to tackle the problem.
Quakers gathered at Mount Street Meeting House in Manchester last week to discuss the benefits of Land Value Tax (LVT). Speakers on 1 June came from the Coalition for Economic Justice, Labour Land Campaign and the School of Economic Science.
Friends at Yearly Meeting were keen to mark the centenary of the groundbreaking photograph of the total solar eclipse by Quaker Arthur Eddington which confirmed Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity (see ‘After six weeks carrying heavy photographic plates, the expedition reached Príncipe.’ 19 April).
European and Middle East Young Friends (EMEYF) has released its epistle from the 2019 Spring Gathering that took place in Peski, Russia last month.
Privilege In the rich and moving ministry at Britain Yearly Meeting were many insights into the privileges we have – or do not have – and about the way in which we should respond to them, more particularly in the context of the climate crisis. There was one privilege which was not...