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Disquiet over Friends House renewables supplier

17 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

The controversial firm has been the subject of sustained campaigning over its plans to build a new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth in Kent, with many Friends involved in protests against the development. The Friend understands that a number of staff working at Friends House are upset by the move...

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Marriage and gender

10 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Here’s my view: the key difference between marriage today and in Biblical times is that we can now demonstrate that ‘female’ and ‘male’ are not fixed binary categories.

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Debate opened, not dogma pronounced

10 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

If Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG) was discussing climate change, nuclear weapons or the ecumenical movement, the pages of the Friend would be full of articles, setting out people’s hopes, fears and leadings. It would be seen as part of coming to YMG with heart and mind prepared. Do any...

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Waging nonviolence website launched

10 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Waging nonviolence highlights news stories and people’s personal reports of marches, sit-ins, strikes and other ways of responding to perceived injustice without resorting to violence. In little over a month of operation, it has received reports of actions in seventy-six countries, including conflict zones like the Democratic Republic of...

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UK prisons must be guided by ‘penal moderation’

10 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

In its final report, published at the end of a two-year investigation in the UK and abroad, the Commission on English Prisons Today recommended that prison policy be guided by a new underlying principle of ‘penal moderation’. This would place ‘the humanity of victims and prisoners at centre stage’ and...

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Beyond defence: towards conflict prevention

10 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Although the report, by influential think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), stops short of calling for the UK to abandon its Trident nuclear weapons, it calls on the government to consider – in the context of a full ‘strategic review of security’ – whether the UK needs to maintain...

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Taking courage in challenging times

10 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

‘Is the Society in rude health?’, asked Gillian Ashmore, when she spent the afternoon with General Meeting for Scotland last month. Her natural inclination is to give optimistic answers to this big question, but she confessed that finding hard evidence to support her optimism is not always easy.

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Friends continue to highlight G20 policing concerns

10 July 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee argued that overall the policing of the protests was ‘remarkably successful’ and warned that incidents of violence ‘have the potential to seriously damage the public’s faith in the police’. It also expressed concerns that ‘untrained and inexperienced officers’ were deployed on the...

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‘Recognising our personal gifts’

03 July 2009 | by Sarah Coote | 0 comments

Swiss Friends gathering for their Yearly Meeting at Aeschi in the late spring focused on the theme ‘Recognising our personal gifts’. It was an opportunity to explore skills and talents, as organisation of the programme was handed on to a younger generation. Instead of the common practice of inviting guest...

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Meeting at the fourth plinth

03 July 2009 | by Friend web | 0 comments

An unusual Meeting for Worship will take place later this month – alongside Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth.  Peter Davies of Bridgend Meeting has been selected as one of 2,400 volunteers taking part in sculptor Anthony Gormley’s ‘One & Other’ project, in which each person spends an hour on top...

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