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Quaker building survives US fires

24 September 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 1 comment | 1 comments

‘The fire came within a few hundred yards of our buildings.' | Fire damage at Ben Lomond Quaker Center.

The grounds of a Quaker Meeting house in California sustained significant damage to water lines after firefighters battled one of the wildfires sweeping parts of the US.

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BYM backs coalition to halt cycle of crime

24 September 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) is supporting a coalition including police and crime commissioners that is committed to preventing young people being pulled into a cycle of crime and crisis. Led by Revolving Doors Agency, the coalition says a smarter criminal justice system would intervene earlier to prevent ‘a revolving door...

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International Day of Peace is marked

24 September 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Over ten Quaker groups joined around 170 organisations in signing an International Day of Peace statement calling for the international community to ‘mainstream peace in the response to Covid-19’.

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Oxford Friend is Quaker chaplain

24 September 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 1 comment | 1 comments

An Oxford Friend has become what is thought to be the first Quaker chaplain of a University of Oxford college.

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Friends House staff consultation ends

FREE 17 September 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) has said that it is ‘not likely to announce any decisions imminently’ following staff surveys to consider ‘a wide range of cost-cutting measures’.

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UK risks surge in homelessness, says MP

FREE 17 September 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

The politician Thangam Debonnaire MP, who has spoken previously about the influence of her Quaker roots, has warned that without proper safeguards in place, the UK faces a deepening homeless crisis with renters facing eviction just as the economic fall-out of Covid-19 bites.

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Holidays for Syrian refugees

17 September 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

Friends from Minehead Meeting organised holidays for five Syrian refugee families this summer despite the pandemic. The Quaker-founded Minehead and District Refugee Support Group, led by members of Minehead Meeting, continued fundraising during lockdown for its programme of seaside days and mini-breaks through postal donations, virtual tea parties and a...

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Friends and MP raise tourism as concern

17 September 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

A North Wales Build Back Better (BBB) group set up by a Friend from Porthmadog Meeting has agreed with its local MP that tourism in the area is a particular concern.

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Friends send creative inspirations

17 September 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 0 comments

‘Flow’ | courtesy of Peter V.

Quakers have been sending art for a creative project launched by the Book of Discipline Revision Committee (BDRC) to illustrate what faith and practice means to them.

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US Quaker school disbands union

17 September 2020 | by Rebecca Hardy | 3 comments | 3 comments

More than 1,000 parents and alumni have signed a petition urging a Quaker school in the US not to disband a staff union, amid claims that it is betraying its Quaker values. The row broke out after Brooklyn Friends, a private Quaker school in Brooklyn, sent out an email on 14 August...

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