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QSA reaches target

09 January 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quaker Social Action (QSA) was celebrating last month when it reached its £10,000 target for the Big Give Christmas Challenge. The money will go to its Down to Earth programme, which provides practical support for people struggling with funeral costs.

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CND highlights fifty-seven per cent who don’t embrace nuclear weapons

09 January 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has said that the general election result shouldn’t necessarily be interpreted as reflecting ‘a growing enthusiasm’ for nuclear weapons.

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Quaker activism rocks the country

FREE 02 January 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quaker James Deane, from Central Meeting in Bristol, was one of the twelve partially naked XR protesters who stormed the House of Commons public gallery. | Evelina Utterdahl.

2019 was a year in which Quaker activism rocked the country. Hundreds of Friends took part in the mass protest against the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair in September, shutting down the road for around nine hours and raising awareness of the world’s largest arms fair in...

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Friends push for child smacking ban

02 January 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers helped changed the law last year when Scotland became the first country in the UK to make it a criminal offence for parents to smack their children. The move came after Quakers in Scotland campaigned for the ban. In March, General Meeting for Scotland made a submission to the...

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Quaker in same-sex marriage denied CTE presidency

02 January 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Hannah Brock Womack. | Courtesy of Hannah Brock Womack.

The news that Quaker Hannah Brock Womack had been blocked from her appointment as a Churches Together in England (CTE) president because she was in a same-sex marriage sent ripples through the press.

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Quakers head to Glastonbury

02 January 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers undertook some musical outreach in 2019 when, for what is thought to be the first time ever, it had an official presence at Glastonbury Festival. Writing in the Friend, Joseph Fuller, from Cheltenham Meeting, who was part of the team of four who ran a stand in the Green Futures...

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‘Stansted Fifteen’ receives suspended sentences

02 January 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 1 comment | 1 comments

The Stansted Fifteen. | Lyndsay Burtonshaw.

The year started with the high-profile news that the ‘Stansted Fifteen’ group of protesters, which included Friend Lyndsay Burtonshaw, were appealing their terror-offence-related conviction received at the end of 2018. The members of the End Deportations group were found guilty of blocking the take-off of a deportation flight in March 2017 at...

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Historic England recognises beauty of Meeting houses

02 January 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The beauty of Quaker buildings was officially recognised when seventeen Meeting houses were granted listed status or had their listed status upgraded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England.

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Quakers pave way for climate emergency declarations

02 January 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

As 2018 drew to a close with the ominous warnings of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report tolling in people’s ears – that the human race had just twelve years to limit the most devastating impacts of global warming – a steady wave of councils kicked the year off by...

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Quakers join call for politicians to promote ‘social cohesion’

FREE 19 December 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers are among a group of faith, belief and community organisations who have signed a statement calling on politicians to heal societal divides. The statement from The Faith and Belief Forum calls on politicians ‘to put social cohesion at the heart of their policies’ and says: ‘Challenging the growing polarisation...

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