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Becoming Friends: a guide on your Quaker journey

20 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

A course promoting new and flexible approaches to exploring Quakerism has attracted a high take-up rate within days of becoming available.  ‘Becoming Friends: Living and learning with Quakers’ allows newcomers to choose different issues and styles of learning, engaging with the material either alone or in groups. Within three...

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News sought on Haitian Friends

FREE 20 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Friends around the world have been giving financial and practical support to aid efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, while awaiting news of the 2,000 Quakers in the country.  The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) released $50,000 shortly after the event occurred, to be used mainly for...

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Civil liberties in the spotlight as Muslim group banned

FREE 20 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Civil liberties campaigners have expressed fears for religious freedom, following the government’s decision to ban Islam4UK, a small extremist group. They suggest it is the latest example of the use of anti-terrorism legislation to suppress opinions rather than violence.  Announcing the ban, home secretary Alan Johnson said...

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Friendly poet takes leading prize

FREE 20 January 2010 | by Judy Kirby | 0 comments

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Philip Gross, the 2010 TS Eliot poetry prizewinner is a Quaker from Penarth Glamorgan. This year Philip will be running a course at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham with his wife Zelie exploring the place of water in art – the TS Eliot prize was awarded him for his anthology...

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Evangelical Quakers await news of Haitian Friends

FREE 15 January 2010 | by Judy Kirby | 0 comments

Evangelical Friends Church in Canton, Ohio, is anxiously waiting for restored links to Haiti to learn the fate of more than 2,000 members of its seven churches of the quake-stricken country.  One brief satellite connection informed the church that its missionary William Betrand and his wife Marie were safe and...

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Snow no impediment to plucky Friends

FREE 13 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Darth Vader at Woking Meeting | Irene Ridgeon

Quakers down the centuries have faced arrest, imprisonment and even execution in their attempts to worship freely. But for British Friends in 2010, the biggest barrier to Meeting for Worship has so far been the weather.  Nonetheless, Friends have shown resilience, with a number of Meetings in the areas most...

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Religious civil partnership proposal put forward

13 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Religious groups including Quakers could be allowed to carry out civil partnerships for same-sex couples, if an attempt to change the law is successful.  The proposal appears in an amendment to the Equality Bill currently going through Parliament.  No religious element has been allowed in civil partnership ceremonies...

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Trade union wants better protection for God’s workers

FREE 13 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

The treatment of staff in religious organisations is under the spotlight, following an anti-bullying campaign launched by a trade union representing thousands of ministers and priests. In addition, Church Action on Poverty (CAP) says that many faith groups are still failing to pay a living wage.  Unite, Britain’s...

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Weapons company joins 10:10 coalition to reduce emissions

13 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

An arms company faced derision and criticism after presenting itself as ethical by signing up to the 10:10 climate change campaign last year. MBDA Systems have pledged to cut their carbon emissions by ten per cent during 2010.  The 10:10 pledge has been signed by a wide range of organisations, including businesses,...

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Surprise, surprise – sceptical columnist attracted to Quakers

13 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Guardian columnist Jessica Reed has surprised her readers by expressing a strong attraction to Quakerism – despite having been a longstanding atheist. It seems that the Quaker Quest course in Friends House had a profound effect on her.  Writing on the newspaper’s website last week, she described how her...

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