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Jeremy Corbyn to give Salter Lecture at Hamilton House

FREE 25 April 2024 | by Rebecca Hardy | 3 comments | 3 comments

Following concerns from within Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) about inviting Jeremy Corbyn to speak at Friends House during Yearly Meeting, the Quaker Socialist Society (QSS) has decided to invite him to deliver this year’s Salter Lecture at an alternative venue.

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Quakers debate deep transformation for climate activism

25 April 2024 | by Rebecca Hardy | 1 comment | 1 comments

Four hundred people gathered earlier this month to discuss the vision and strategy needed to transform the climate action scene. Quaker Rupert Read, last year’s Salter Lecturer, and Liam Kavanagh, both co-directors of the Climate Majority Project, were interviewed by Jeremy Lent, author of The Patterning Instinct and The...

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Quakers offer schools peer meditation funds

25 April 2024 | by Rebecca Hardy | 1 comment | 1 comments

Secondary schools in England are being offered a funded opportunity to develop peer-led conflict resolution by Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM). Schools with a sixth form are invited to bid to host the project, which includes around £3,000 in funding for staff costs alongside training for staff and students in peer mediation....

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Homelessness rises for second year

25 April 2024 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The number of people experiencing homelessness rose last autumn for the second year running, Quaker Social Action (QSA) has said.

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Quaker Tapestry marks George Fox anniversary

FREE 25 April 2024 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

‘Sing and Rejoice: George Fox, the English Civil Wars and the Beginnings of Quakerism’ will coincide with the celebrations for Fox’s 400th anniversary. | Francesca Vine, curator of the Fox exhibition

Historical items on loan from Friends House and Swarthmoor Hall are part of a new exhibition at the Quaker Tapestry Museum. Other exhibits include reproductions from the state papers at The National Archives. ‘Sing and Rejoice: George Fox, the English Civil Wars and the Beginnings of Quakerism’ will coincide with...

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Zurich insurers rule out new oil and gas

FREE 18 April 2024 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Quakers welcomed an announcement from Zurich Insurance Group that it would not cover any new oil and gas extraction, or new metallurgical coal projects.

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Second 2024 storm named after Quaker

FREE 18 April 2024 | by Rebecca Hardy | 1 comment | 1 comments

‘Storm Kathleen’ was named after Irish Quaker scientist and pacifist Kathleen Lonsdale, a crystallographer who demonstrated the crystal structure of benzene. | Kathleen Lonsdale, UCL laboratory, 1948

The extreme weather that hit parts of the UK earlier this month was named after a Quaker female scientist.

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Scottish Friends consider single charity

18 April 2024 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

One hundred and eight Friends in Scotland gathered this month to take forward proposals to form a single Quaker organisation for the country. This would replace the current arrangement of six separate trustee bodies. The proposal mirrors similar changes being undertaken in Wales and the Marches, London, and Yorkshire, as...

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Wakefield Friends win City of Sanctuary award

18 April 2024 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Wakefield Meeting House has been awarded a ‘Faith Stream of Sanctuary’ award in recognition of its City of Sanctuary work.

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AFSC expands aid work in Gaza

18 April 2024 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The US Quaker organisation American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is expanding its aid programme in Gaza.

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