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CAAT: Climate crisis should be ‘first duty’

19 March 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A report by Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has said that the UK government spends more than twice on the military than it does on climate change and the crisis should be its ‘first duty’.

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Manchester Friends consider assisted dying

19 March 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Central Manchester Quakers held a workshop inspired by Meeting for Sufferings’ appeal for Meetings to examine the subject of assisted dying. Twenty Friends came to the event on 21 February facilitated by Quaker Valerie Clark and heard a talk from a man dubbed ‘Peter’ who had accompanied his wife to Dignitas...

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Visit to Congo

19 March 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Meeting local communities. | Courtesy of Catherine Putz.

Three trustees of Quaker Congo Partnership (QCP) UK travelled to visit its partner church, the Community of the Evangelical Friends’ Churches in Congo (CEEACO) in the Democratc Republic of Congo. Catherine Putz, Alick Munro and Paul Simon spent ten days from 3-13 February meeting with local people from the church.

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Quakers call for a ‘Climate Budget’

FREE 12 March 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has called for a ‘Climate Budget’, ahead of this week’s government Budget. Six key actions are needed, it said, to redirect public spending towards ‘a just transition’ to ‘ensure climate damage is factored into investment decisions’.

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Friends rally for COP

12 March 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

West Scotland Quakers have formed a group in preparation for the COP26 summit in Glasgow. Glasgow Friends said the two-week gathering in November will be ‘a huge opportunity for Quakers in Scotland to support and share witness with people from all over the world who are directly affected by the...

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Edinburgh Quakers host lunch for refugees

12 March 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Central Edinburgh Quakers took part in an event to welcome refugees last month. Fifteen Quakers volunteered at a lunch at the Meeting house for thirty-two adult and children refugees from Syria, Sudan and Ghana.

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Failure to back CO rights, says report

12 March 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The Peace Pledge Union has backed a report criticising European institutions for failing to implement the right to conscientious objection and highlighting the discriminations faced by war resistors.

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Mental health retreat

FREE 12 March 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Created during the retreat. | Courtesy of Alison Mitchell.

Twenty Friends from across the UK gathered at Selly Oak Meeting House in Birmingham last month for a special day for Quaker mental health workers.

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‘Don’t shake hands’

12 March 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has advised Meetings not to shake hands as the coronavirus continues to spread.

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Teach crisis in school, activists tell MPs

FREE 05 March 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has joined education charities, unions and environmental NGOs in signing up to ‘Teach the Future’, a youth-led campaign to put the climate crisis at the heart of the education system. As fifty youth climate strikers took the message to MPs on 26 February at a parliamentary campaign...

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