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Warm welcome to new US-Russia arms cuts deal

08 April 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Friends and other campaigners have given a warm welcome to a deal between the US and Russian governments that will see major cuts in nuclear arsenals. But there have been warnings that the UK government is failing to show the same level of commitment.  US president Barack Obama and...

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Who’ll be at your Meeting on 9 May?

FREE 08 April 2010 | by our news desk | 0 comments

The independent scrutiny of membership of the Religious Society of Friends is about to enter its final stage with a new questionnaire for Meetings.

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The elder Quaker tree gets watered

08 April 2010 | by our news desk | 0 comments

The importance of eldership was the theme at the Europe and Middle East Section of Friends World Committee for Consultation annual meeting last weekend.

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The time bomb in our shopping baskets

08 April 2010 | by Philip Barron | 0 comments

Orangutans whose habitat is being destroyed | Sumatran Orangutan Society

The tangled web of influences that make it so hard to protect the global environment is nowhere better exemplified than in the controversy over palm oil. Found in about one in ten supermarket products, from soaps and detergents to cosmetics and foods, this oil is now so widely used that...

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Quakers call on justice minister to end immigrant child detention

08 April 2010 | by Janet Toye | 0 comments

A Quaker protest at the immigration detention of children was one of the last to be received by the Ministry of Justice before the general election campaigns got underway this week.

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Equality would improve London health

08 April 2010 | by our news desk | 0 comments

Rates of obesity, mental ill-health and teenage pregnancy would plummet in London if the income gap between rich and poor were reduced, according to a report produced last week.  While the researchers take London as their focus, many will conclude that similar consequences can be predicted elsewhere.

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Meeting for Sufferings news in brief

31 March 2010 | by Jez Smith | 0 comments

Friends House visits Group visits to Friends House are to be welcomed, said Jonathan Fox, clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting trustees. Staff are putting together a draft programme for visitors so that they can see what happens there.

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Investment property development

31 March 2010 | by Jez Smith | 0 comments

The twenty-five year lease of Courtauld House to Hubron University has come under question as the lessee has indicated that they may be unable to afford the rent, reported Ron Barden, clerk of Quaker finance and property central committee.

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Equality bill progress

31 March 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Quakers have given a warm welcome to the passing of the Equality Bill in the House of Lords, although fears remain that the timing of the general election may impair its passage through the Commons. The Bill includes a provision to allow religious elements in same-sex civil partnerships, for which...

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Cautious and hopeful financial report and accounts

31 March 2010 | by Jez Smith | 0 comments

The outcome of the 2009 financial situation is good, Ron Barden, clerk of Quaker finance and property central committee, reported to Meeting for Sufferings of the accounts that had just been approved and signed by trustees. Ron explained that ‘good’ was in the context of the economic situation in which we...

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