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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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New faces at the Friend

13 January 2010 | by Friend web | 0 comments

The trustees of the Friend are pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Kirk-Smith of Lisburn Meeting, Ireland Yearly Meeting, as our new editor, to take over on the retirement of Judy Kirby in early summer. Ian is a committed Friend who has considerable experience in journalism and broadcasting and...

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Kenyan Quakers’ hospital recovery continues

FREE 06 January 2010 | by Jez Smith | 0 comments

The HIV and AIDS clinic at Kaimosi hospital in Kenya | Eden Grace/Friends United Meeting

Friends United Meeting is marking the fourth anniversary this month of reaching an agreement with East Africa Yearly Meeting for management of the hospital at Kaimosi in Kenya. Since taking over management of the hospital in 2006 FUM has concentrated on stabilising finance and management of the hospital, improving buildings and...

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Young Friends prepare for leadership

FREE 06 January 2010 | by Jez Smith | 0 comments

‘These young people can start from this point and ask “how can I make change?” George Fox had a vision, Jeremiah had it too’, explained Bainito Khayongo at the Africa triennial of the Young Quaker Christian Association in Western Province in Kenya last month.  The event was run on...

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Kenyan Friend urges support for gay Quakers in east Africa

06 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 1 comment | 1 comments

A Kenyan Quaker pastor excommunicated after coming out as gay has appealed for international support for gay Friends in east Africa. Noah Litu Kellum, thirty-one, says that he still believes that God is calling him to be a pastor.  His cause has received the backing of the Other Sheep...

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