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Quakers gather online for Swarthmore Lecture 2020

FREE 06 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Swarthmore Lecture 2020 by Tom Shakespeare on YouTube | courtesy of Woodbrooke

Almost 2,000 Friends gathered online to hear the 2020 Swarthmore Lecture by social scientist, writer and broadcaster Tom Shakespeare last weekend. In Openings to the Infinite Ocean: A Friendly Offering of Hope, Tom Shakespeare considered hope in an era of pandemic, climate emergency and rightwing populism, quoting poet Grace Paley’s words: ...

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Manchester Quakers commit to BLM review

FREE 06 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

‘We have heard how, for many, racism is “normal”, a darkness and absence of light within us, a mindset that is of advantage to some.' | courtesy of Central Manchester Quakers.

Central Manchester Friends have pledged to develop an anti-racism programme in response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

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UK universities with arms trade links

06 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

British universities are increasingly beholden to financial arrangements with arms firms due to Brexit and government cuts, an author who specialises in the arms trade has asserted.

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Friends rally for ‘stigmatised’ drivers

06 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

International Friends came together for a Quaker-led initiative to support communities and truck drivers crossing parts of Africa.

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‘Tax Justice Sunday’ worship

06 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A Woodbrooke tutor, Val Jenner, led a Quaker all-age Meeting for Worship themed around tax justice to mark Tax Justice Sunday. The member of Selly Oak Meeting said the Zoom session on 14 June drew on material about tax avoidance provided by Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ) and child-friendly activities...

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Revision Committee gets creative

06 August 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Book of Discipline Revision Committee has launched a creative project Open to New Light based on Quaker artistic contributions in order to inform their work.

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Quakers mark Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days

FREE 30 July 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Atomic bomb mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. | Wikimedia Commons.

As millions get ready to mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombs that left tens of thousands dead in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Quakers joined Christian CND’s call for a global ban on nuclear weapons.

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Friends of Color’s message to Quakers

FREE 30 July 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Friends of Color group has released an epistle calling on Quakers to heed its ‘Call to Action’ on the racial pandemic. ‘To our Friends in the wider Quaker world, we the Friends of Color, can’t breathe,’ said the Outgoing Epistle of the 2020 Virtual Pre-Gathering of Friends of Color...

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Brighton Friend forms music fundraiser

30 July 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

'The trio are now continuing their doorstep performances to raise money for the Help Musicians UK’s Coronavirus Fund.' | courtesy of Sally Beamish.

A Quaker composer and patron of The Leaveners has started a fundraising music group after performing on her doorstep throughout the ‘Clap for our Carers’ appeals. The money raised via a Just Giving donations page will go towards helping musicians who are struggling due to the restrictions of the Covid-19...

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Future local, not global, says XR book

30 July 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Extinction Rebellion (XR) needs to ‘break out of the XR bubble’ and enable entire communities ‘to demand change’, says a new XR digital handbook that Quakers have been sharing.

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