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New director at Woodbrooke

25 May 2010 | by The Friend | 0 comments

Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham | Woodbrooke

Friends visiting the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham will find a new director in place from the autumn. The Centre has announced the appointment of Sandra Berry to succeed Jennifer Barraclough, who is due to retire in November.

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Dying, death and dignity

FREE 25 May 2010 | by Daphne Stedman | 1 comment | 1 comments

When diagnosed with cancer, Claire Rayner spoke of the ‘tyranny of positive thinking’ – the expectation that when facing life-threatening illness we will refuse to consider the possibility of death until the very last moment. The ‘Quaker Concern on Death and Dying’ network, by contrast, encourages exploration of difficult questions arising...

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Government faces questions over Trident policy

18 May 2010 | by Symon Hil | 0 comments

Days after taking power, the coalition government is under pressure over its policy on the Trident nuclear weapons system.

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Purple protest perplexes politicians

18 May 2010 | by Symon Hill | 1 comment | 1 comments

Politicians and journalists have been taken by surprise as campaigns for electoral reform have leapt into the mainstream.

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Child detention set to end

18 May 2010 | by Friend web | 0 comments

The new government has promised to end the detention of children in immigration centres. The announcement follows a number of campaigns backed by Quakers and other faith groups.  Friends have welcomed the news, but urged ministers to set out when and how the policy will be put into practice.

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QPSW pilots support for new local Quaker initiatives

18 May 2010 | by Friend web | 0 comments

Local Meetings that run outreach, campaigning or social action projects are now able to bid for practical assistance from Friends’ House.

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Patriotism or profit?

12 May 2010 | by Symon Hill | 1 comment | 1 comments

The chairman of the arms company BAE Systems has refused to rule out arms sales to countries that threaten the UK.  In a heated annual general meeting (AGM) in the Queen Elizabeth Centre in London, chairman Dick Olver insisted that he was ‘passionate’ about British industry. He defended himself...

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Failure is not an option

FREE 12 May 2010 | by Joe Thwaites | 0 comments

In session | UN Photo/Mark Garten

The dispute between Iran and the United States reignited last week in New York at the opening of a United Nations conference to review progress on disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the opportunity to deflect attention from its nuclear programme and attack the United...

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An injustice system

12 May 2010 | by Bob Booth | 0 comments

| Robin Dude/flickr CC:BY

It was the epitome of a good Quaker event. There was an openness and a listening and learning from others who are usually separated by the society around us. It was a chance to start the radical changes so desperately needed in our sadly ineffective justice system.  The occasion...

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What change?

FREE 05 May 2010 | by The Friend | 1 comment | 1 comments

At the time of writing the election campaign is in full swing.  Gordon Brown is reflecting on television debates and microphones. David Cameron is endeavouring to cover every corner of Britain in days. Nick Clegg is an unlikely visitor to the snooker world championship in Sheffield.  Even Tony...

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