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Philip Gross in ‘Outposted’ map project

22 July 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Quaker poet Philip Gross has contributed to a map project exploring the mysterious sense of place.

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Push to withdraw arms-linked pensions

FREE 15 July 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

'BAE Systems, based at Samlesbury, is one of "two principle industrial partners" providing F-35 warplanes which are being used in bombing Gaza.' | Protest at Samlesbury

Lancaster City councillors are calling on the Lancashire County Pension Fund to withdraw £8 million of investments made in companies that ork in areas of Palestine illegally occupied by the Israeli government. The move follows demonstrations last month when hundreds of protestors – including Quakers – descended on BAE Systems in Lancashire criticising...

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Local authorities failing bereaved

FREE 15 July 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A major report by Quaker Social Action (QSA) into public health funerals reveals that bereaved people are being pushed into unmanageable debt due to councils abdicating their legal duty and responsibilities.

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Scottish Quakers welcome new MSPs

15 July 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Friends across Scotland have been sending postcards to their newly elected MSPs highlighting their hopes for the future as Quakers.

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Alastair McIntosh on climate threat

15 July 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Quaker writer and activist Alastair McIntosh highlighted the urgency of the climate threat at an annual talk last month. The Quaker academic spoke at the annual Adderbury Gathering of Banbury & Evesham Area Meeting, held online for the second year in a row, rather than its usual setting at...

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Friends congratulate Methodists on same-sex marriage

FREE 08 July 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers have said that they are ‘overjoyed’ that the Methodist Church in Great Britain has decided to allow same-sex marriages. The church voted overwhelmingly to change the definition of marriage at the Methodist Conference last week by 254 to 46.

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Quaker teaching resource in Armed Forces Week

08 July 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) team launched a new teaching guide last month, on the reality of military recruitment, to coincide with Armed Forces Week. The lesson was produced in collaboration with Potent Whisper, a London-based rapper and spoken word artist, and Child Rights International Network (CRIN). The...

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Huddersfield Friends join XR

FREE 08 July 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Photo courtesy of Clare Walters |

Five Friends from Huddersfield Meeting joined a local Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest in the town last month. Clare Walters from the Meeting told the Friend that the three-day vigil from 24 June was open to all ‘who grieve lives and habitats lost’ through human impact.

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Quaker podcasts for Festival of Chichester

08 July 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Speaking to the Chichester Observer, Quaker Jenny Cole said that the podcasts replace a walk around Chichester which has featured in previous years of the festival. ‘They are mainly about famous Quakers who have visited Chichester, from George Fox to Ian Serraillier (author of The Silver Sword), including Barton Hack...

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Public misled over Russia clash, says PPU

08 July 2021 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Peace Pledge Union (PPU) has called on the BBC to publish Ministry of Defence (MoD) documents that were found at a Kent bus stop last month. The pacifist group, which includes many Quaker members, claimed that the fifty pages of classified information ‘make clear that ministers anticipated a clash...

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