Issue 07-05-2021

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A peace of the action: Bernie Kennedy’s thought for the week

FREE 6 May 2021 | by Bernie Kennedy

A Friend at our Meeting recently ministered about the word ‘meek’. It was contained in a quotation, part of a reading we had heard: ‘The humble, meek, merciful, just, pious and devout souls are everywhere of one religion; and when death has taken off the mask they will know one...

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Prisons within prisons: Juliet Lyons makes the case for whole-institution vaccination

6 May 2021 | by Juliet Lyons

‘Prisoners are three times more likley to die from the virus than the general population.’ | Photo: by Charles Chen on Unsplash

As we begin to recover from Covid-19, it’s important to give thought to those of us who must remain locked down. Throughout the pandemic, people have spoken of loss of liberty, loss of loved ones, loss of choice, and loss of movement. ‘It’s like being in prison’ some...

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Naming names: Kristin Swenson looks at Biblical titles for God.

6 May 2021 | by Kristin Swenson

Photo by Sarah Noltner on Unsplash

‘Gosh’, we’re taught to say, instead of ‘God’. Or ‘Golly’ or ‘Jeez’. The impulse comes from prohibitions against blaspheming the name of God, ‘taking the name of the LORD in vain’, or otherwise misusing it. In the ancient world out of which the biblical texts came, people would invoke...

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Brought to heal: Elaine Miles on Luke

6 May 2021 | by Elaine Miles

Luke of Antioch, 15th Century, artist unknown

It is easy to think that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John clubbed together to tell us about the life and death of Jesus, and that it does not really matter which one you quote. But in fact they were very different characters, whose lives covered different stretches of history. They...

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Met Office remembers Quaker weather scientist

FREE 6 May 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy

Photo: Lewis Fry Richardson (NOAA at Wikimedia Commons)

The Met Office has marked the work of the Quaker scientist Lewis Fry Richardson, who, 100 years ago, began numerically forecasting the weather.

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The Struggle for a Human Future: 5G, augmented reality and the internet of things, by Jeremy Naydler

6 May 2021 | by Jenny Dines

‘We are losing touch with our spiritual roots.’ | Photo: Detail of book cover of The Struggle for a Human Future: 5G, augmented reality and the internet of things, by Jeremy Naydler

One of the many consequences of the pandemic has been that we have become increasingly dependent on technology to connect with one another. I have found my smartphone and Zoom essential. But I have also been aware that this increasing interaction with technology may also impact on our lives in...

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Bristol Friends act on ‘Kill the Bill’ divisions

FREE 6 May 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy

Bristol Quakers plan to offer workshops in nonviolent activism to help reduce tensions between protesters and the police. Bristol Area Meeting set out its intention in an open letter sent to all Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner candidates.

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Quakers help improve new law

6 May 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy

Quakers and other campaigners have secured a key change to the Overseas Operations Bill.

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Friends study new declaration on anti-Semitism

6 May 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy

The Quaker-recognised group Friends with Jewish Connections has been studying the Jerusalem Declaration on Anti-Semitism (JDA).

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Newbury Friend speaks on Greenham links

6 May 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy

A Newbury Quaker and former clerk has spoken more about life within the Meeting during the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp.

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The Spymaster of Baghdad, by Margaret Coker

6 May 2021 | by Reg Naulty

The spymaster of Baghdad is Abu Ali al-Basri, who was the head of counter-terrorism for the national intelligence agency in Iraq. His unit, the Falcons, had a spectacular record of success against Islamic State during the prime ministership of Nouri al-Maliki. Over the course of sixteen months, it stopped thirty...

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The minute was good enough

6 May 2021 | by Dana Littlepage Smith

Yet what of that time can be explained? Are we engaged or are we looking away? Can we expunge her eyes as she looked back from the boat shipping her to Barbados without husband, friend or child? Sweet Parthenia did you have faith in us, the unborn, friends to go...

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Letters - 7 May 2021

6 May 2021 | by The Friend

William Penn According to your report (16 April) on Meeting for Sufferings, trustees decided that the William Penn room would be changed on the grounds that Penn had enslaved people in his household. The report does not say if the trustees consulted historians first.  Penn was a close associate of...

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