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FREE 18 August 2009 | by Hugo Finley | 0 comments

Hugo Finley's garden | Hugo Finley 2009

Every week we provide you with news, features, personal stories, arts, humour and friendship. With the Friend you can keep up to date with contemporary Quaker thought and action.

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Together we can! Restorative justice gains regional momentum

14 August 2009 | by Marian Liebmann | 0 comments

Restorative justice is gaining grassroots support from many local authorities, regardless of the total lack of interest from national government, a conference has heard.  At the Restorative Justice Consortium’s summer conference, focusing this time on ‘Becoming a Restorative County/Local Authority’, participants were told: ‘Together we can make...

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Framework for action ‘is a shape with spaces for things to happen in’

14 August 2009 | by Oliver Robertson | 0 comments

Friends at Yearly Meeting Gathering were called to let their lives bear witness to the priorities of British Quakers.  The report of Meeting for Sufferings, the Quaker representative committee that created the framework for action that will guide British Quakers over the next six years, outlined how that body...

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Israel/Palestine: ‘All of us together, without hatred, without fear’

14 August 2009 | by Clare Bat Dimyon | 0 comments

Young Moldovan LGBT create a vigil for LGBT in Israel in Chisinau, the capital city. | Iulia Marcinschi

Clare Bat Dimyon responds to the shooting of young people in Tel Aviv who were coming to terms with their sexuality My elation and joy at hearing that Britain Yearly Meeting had decided to adopt the same processes for the reporting of same-sex partnerships died less than twenty-four hours later...

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q-eye: Eye on the media

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

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Same-sex marriages in Canada since 2005

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Same-sex marriage in Canada was legalised as a result of court cases in which provincial or territorial justices ruled existing bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Full legalisation occurred on 20 July 2005, although same-sex couples had been obtaining marriage licences before then. Provinces and territories, which have jurisdiction over marriage issues, had...

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A view of Yearly Meeting Gathering

FREE 07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

This has been an extraordinary Yearly Meeting. Not just because it has combined Junior Yearly Meeting, Summer Gathering and Yearly Meeting into a single event, not just because of the subject matter or the numbers participating. Above all, it has been a supreme vindication of our business method well used,...

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What have we done?

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

The Friends in the Yearly Meeting sessions on committed relationships this year were engaged in doing theology. Quaker theology is a process as well as an outcome. What we do is to start with our experience, reflect on where within it we find the Spirit of God leading us, test...

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Commitment to change

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

From a talk by Colin Billett, to a creative listening session, to a Meeting for Worship for Business to the full Britain Yearly Meeting session, committed relationships have been a theme that have recurred throughout Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) this year. They have, of course, been an issue that was...

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Some views from outside

07 August 2009 | by Friend | 0 comments

Understandably, the decision by British Quakers to allow same-sex marriages won praise from groups and individuals campaigning for gay rights. Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner and Green Party candidate in Oxford, told the Friend that ‘the Quakers’ decision to open up marriage to same-sex couples, on exactly the same basis...

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