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QPSW Spring Conference

11 April 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

More than a hundred Quakers gathered for the Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) Spring Conference in Alfreton, Derbyshire last month.

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‘This Evil Thing’ to mark CO release centenary

11 April 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The playwright Michael Mears, of Wandsworth Meeting, is staging his play This Evil Thing to mark the centenary of the first release of conscientious objectors (COs) from prison.

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Quakers to welcome worldwide Friends to Yearly Meeting

11 April 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Quaker World Relations Committee (QWRC) has invited Quakers from other parts of the world family to Britain Yearly Meeting 2019. Lee Taylor told the Friend that this year it has invited Arne Springorum, from Prague Recognised Meeting, and Ludwig van Quirog, from Philippines Yearly Meeting. She said: ‘They are both...

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Meeting for Sufferings: Diversity and inclusion discussed

11 April 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers were asked if they were ‘up for the challenge’ of addressing the issues of inclusion and diversity at Meeting for Sufferings on 6 April. Speaking about her work as inclusion and diversity coordinator for Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM), Edwina Peart spoke about her diversity and inclusion survey and a national...

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Meeting for Sufferings: Court and prison register

11 April 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Friends considered changing the name of the Court and Prison Register after a particular case was brought to their attention. But several voices expressed unease at changing the name after such a long history.

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Meeting for Sufferings: Vibrancy in Meetings project reviewed

11 April 2019 | by Joseph Jones | 0 comments

In the afternoon session representatives looked at potential next steps for the Vibrancy in Meetings programme. Along with a summary project review from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Charities Evaluation Services, Friends were given a report on future options being considered by Woodbrooke and Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM)...

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Friends welcome cross-party call to stop arming Saudi

FREE 04 April 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers have welcomed the news that five opposition parties have called for the British government to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The letter signed by leaders of the Labour Party, Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party says the policy has contributed to a catastrophic...

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Quaker author shortlisted for prestigious award

04 April 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Sally Nicholls. | Courtesy of United Agents.

The Quaker author Sally Nicholls has been nominated for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Carnegie Medal for her Young Adult (YA) novel about three suffragettes.

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Alastair McIntosh considers the future of Christianity

04 April 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Pendle Hill Friends were among an audience of around seventy who came to hear Quaker ecologist and writer Alastair McIntosh ask the question: ‘Does Christianity still matter, and if so why?’

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Quakers organise for arms fair protest

04 April 2019 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Friends gathered at a meeting of the Quaker group Roots of Resistance to plan action against the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair in September.

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