Latest News

Call for investigation into UK-made tear gas in Oman

FREE 10 June 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

'The images "must not be ignored"' | courtesy of @pmillerinfo on Twitter

Friends have been supporting a call from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) for an investigation into the use of UK-made tear gas in Oman. The push follows the publication of what CAAT describes as ‘damning’ images by journalist Phil Miller of Declassified, which show the use of tear gas canisters...

Read more

Quakers lobby against controversial bill

FREE 10 June 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has submitted evidence to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill Committee on a controversial bill that is now passing through parliament. Working with the group Unlock Democracy, Quakers called for part 3 (public order) and part 4 (unauthorised encampments) to be scrapped ‘at the very least’.

Read more

Rare manuscript of Quakers’ US exodus

10 June 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A rare manuscript has offered insight into the Welsh Quaker exodus into the US in the seventeenth century.

Read more

Clergy make stand against Exxon

10 June 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Two members of the Anglican clergy have glued themselves to furniture in the reception of Church House in London in protest at the Church of England continuing to invest in Exxon Mobil despite their extraction of fossil fuels. Sue Parffit from Bristol was arrested but Tim Hewes, a retired vicar...

Read more

Quakers send postcards for COP26

10 June 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Friends have been taking part in a ‘Make COP Count’ initiative, which involves sending Boris Johnson a postcard supporting the twenty-sixth United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

Read more

PPU accuses education secretary of ‘misrepresentation’

10 June 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Peace campaigners have accused education secretary Gavin Williamson of ‘bending the truth’ over cadet forces in schools. According to the Peace Pledge Union (PPU), which includes Quaker members, the cabinet member has misrepresented research from the University of Northampton, claiming that it justifies the UK government’s decision to spend...

Read more

Vigil for George Floyd

FREE 03 June 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Photo courtesy of Ros Martin (second left) |

A Bristol Quaker organised a vigil to mark the anniversary of the death of George Floyd last week. Friends were among those who gathered for the Lantern Vigil of Remembrance at College Green in Bristol on 25 May to hear speakers and poets, with time for reflection and sharing. One of...

Read more

Friends hear from Gaza

FREE 03 June 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers came together online last week to hear the voices of people affected by the bombing in Gaza and the West Bank. The webinar called ‘Hearing from Gaza and the West Bank’, hosted on 27 May by the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) team, included Azzam from Gaza,...

Read more

Honour for enslaved woman at Quaker house

03 June 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A historic house in the US is to honour an enslaved woman who saved the Quaker-built home from a fire set by the British during the American revolution. The woman, known as Dinah, was ‘inherited’ by Quaker William Logan from his wife Hannah Emlen and lived at Friend David Hickok...

Read more

Quaker universalists ponder ‘life, time and eternity’

03 June 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

‘Life, time and eternity’ was the theme for this year’s Quaker Universalist Group’s conference, with speakers including an anthropologist, a Christian retired vicar, a Muslim shaykh, a Zen Buddhist, a leading physicist and a lecturer in Hinduism.

Read more