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London Quakers sleep outside for homelessness

FREE 05 December 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A team of five London Quakers are to swap their duvets for sleeping bags this weekend to sleep on the streets in order to raise awareness of global homelessness. With a target of £4,200 through the Virgin Money Giving website, the team of five Friends will brave the cold of Londonâ€...

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BYM sets out demands for politicians in election season

FREE 05 December 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has drawn up a list of key issues that it believes politicians should focus on for their general election pledges. The key demands, drawn up by the Quaker Peace & Social Witness team, include: climate justice; criminal justice; migration; peace and disarmament; and civil discourse. The...

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Better websites for all Quaker Meetings

05 December 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Quaker Meetings Network (QMN) initiative set up to provide help in creating websites has announced that the first swathe of Meeting sites will go live this month.

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Friends hold Interfaith Death Cafe

05 December 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Leicester Meeting held a ‘Death Cafe’ as part of Inter Faith Week last month. Anne Fishenden, from Leicester Meeting, told the Friend that the café, now in its third year, was ‘a very successful way to get a deep conversation going with a variety of participants through the Interfaith network’....

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Youth strikers push for Tory climate debate

05 December 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Friends were among a crowd of protesters who gathered outside the Conservative Party headquarters last month demanding that the party should have a climate debate to push the environmental crisis firmly into the general election spotlight.

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Mairi Campbell-Jack moves to Green Party

05 December 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Friends have paid tribute to Mairi Campbell-Jack, the former parliamentary engagement officer for Quakers in Scotland, who has moved to the Scottish Green Party at Holyrood.

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Quaker in same-sex marriage blocked as CTE president

FREE 28 November 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Hannah Brock Womack. | Courtesy of Hannah Brock Womack.

Quakers have expressed their deep sadness and anger that a Friend has had her appointment as a Churches Together in England (CTE) president blocked because she is in a same-sex marriage.

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Tom Shakespeare to give 2020 Swarthmore Lecture on ‘hope’

FREE 28 November 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Woodbrooke has announced that the 2020 Swarthmore Lecture will be given by Tom Shakespeare. A member of Norfolk and Waveney Area Meeting, Tom Shakespeare is a sociologist, broadcaster, campaigner for disability rights and writer on disability, genetics and bio-ethics. According to Woodbrooke, his lecture will address hope: ‘How do we face...

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Friends gather for Inter Faith Week

28 November 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Preston Quakers held an open event, ‘People who inspire my Quaker faith’, to mark this year’s Inter Faith Week. Three Preston Quakers spoke, including Janet Thomas, who took inspiration from the way Elizabeth Fry’s Quaker principles led to a lifetime of work helping poor and imprisoned women.

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BYM condemns ‘irresponsible US announcement on Israeli settlements’

28 November 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

BYM has restated its view that Israel settlements on occupied Palestine land are a ‘serious obstacle to peace’ following the US government’s recent announcement that they are not necessarily illegal.

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