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Woodbrooke residential closed until 2021

18 June 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Woodbrooke has said that it will not offer residential learning at its Birmingham centre until 2021, at the earliest. In a statement issued on 8 June it said that it will only offer ‘online and locally-based learning for the rest of this year’.

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QCEA speaks to fifty-seven governments

18 June 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The director of Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) was asked to speak at an international conference about hate speech on the internet last month. Friend Andrew Lane addressed fifty-seven governments online and almost 300 participants about QCEA’s research into the issue. This included a 2018 report on ‘anti-migrant hate speech’;...

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Airton Meeting upgraded to Grade 2*

18 June 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Friends at Airton Meeting are celebrating the news that Historic England has upgraded their Meeting house to Grade 2* status to reflect it as a site of national importance.

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Quakers make a stand against racial injustice

11 June 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has joined other UK churches in affirming their commitment to challenging racial injustice, as protests following the death of George Floyd swept the world.

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Friend sparks protest for racial justice

11 June 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A Friend from St Neots Meeting sparked a rally for racial justice after a session on lockdown activism prompted her to take a stand.

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Penn Club houses NHS staff

FREE 11 June 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Key worker Sandhya Andrew saying goodbye to Charlotte Seymour Smith. | Courtesy of The Penn Club.

The Quaker Penn Club, the historic guest house based in Bloomsbury in London, has opened its doors to house frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis.

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Quaker GP videos

FREE 11 June 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A Wallingford Friend who is leading the Oxfordshire End of Life Care response to the Covid-19 pandemic has put together a series of videos for frail and at risk people during the crisis.

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Friends consider ‘hybrid Meetings’

11 June 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 2 comments | 2 comments

Quakers have been exploring how best to move forward with Meeting for Worship (MfW) in future months. The increased discernment follows the government’s announcement on 7 June that from 15 June places of worship could open for individual prayer in England. This does not include communal worship.

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Meeting for Sufferings: Exceptional circumstances

11 June 2020 | by Joseph Jones | 0 comments

Meeting for Sufferings this month was held via the videoconferencing platform Zoom. In her calling letter to this most unusual gathering, the clerk Margaret Bryan noted that ‘many of you will know more about Zoom than you ever imagined necessary’. Too true. But advance induction sessions had been set up...

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Meeting for Sufferings: Trustees report

11 June 2020 | by Joseph Jones | 0 comments

‘A lot has being going on’ noted Caroline Nursey, clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) trustees, since she last spoke to Sufferings representatives, in February. But trustees needed guidance as they looked forward, she said. First, though, BYM treasurer Linda Batten gave a financial review of 2019, which had ended much...

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