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Called to account?

03 February 2010 | by Symon Hill | 1 comment | 1 comments

I have never seen Tony Blair looking so nervous. He appeared flustered and scared as I sat in the media room at the Iraq Inquiry, watching his interrogation on screens placed on the walls for the assembled journalists.  The former prime minister had snuck in by a side door...

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Campaigning to control ‘super’market powers

03 February 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Friends are among the campaigners pressing politicians for action to rein in the power of supermarkets, with the aim of preventing global wage reductions and the destruction of small businesses.  They are urging the government to appoint a supermarket ombudsman who could respond to allegations of abuse. Business secretary...

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Army approach to London schools recruitment queried

27 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

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Fresh concerns have been raised about military recruitment in schools, following evidence that poorer students are most likely to experience visits from the army. The news has fuelled worries about young people joining the armed forces because of limited employment opportunities.  Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and...

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Government makes religious same-sex union pledge

FREE 27 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

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The government will consider measures to give legal recognition to religious same-sex partnership ceremonies, following campaigning by Quakers and other groups.  The commitment marks a significant shift from the government’s previous position. Until this week, they had maintained that no change was needed to the law on same-sex...

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Activists call for end to Haitian debt

27 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

Campaigners across the world are calling for the total cancellation of all Haiti’s debts following the earthquake that has killed up to 200,000 people in the country.  Christian Aid has launched a petition to the chancellor of the exchequer, Alistair Darling, urging him to push for full debt cancellation....

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Brighton Friends to host Quaker tapestry in roadshow

27 January 2010 | by Friend web | 0 comments

Brighton Friends are gearing up for a major project, as the Quaker Tapestry holds its first roadshow visit to a Quaker Meeting house.  The tapestry, which is housed in Kendal, usually visits a cathedral when it goes on tour each February, allowing it to be seen by over 10,000 visitors....

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Christian groups aim to tackle poverty and homelessness

27 January 2010 | by Friend web | 0 comments

Insisting that ‘there is enough for all’, three Christian organisations have challenged prevailing economic ideas by encouraging people to share, exchange and re-use, in order to combat the hardships of the economic downturn.  The call comes ahead of Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, due to begin on Saturday 30 January....

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Meeting for Sufferings: extra coverage

20 January 2010 | by Jez Smith | 0 comments

Love given and love received Two Friends, Stevie Krayer and Paul Casey, shared some experience of spiritual nurture at Meeting for Sufferings ‘Poetry is one of my most important sources of spiritual nurture’, said Stevie Krayer as she presented her personal experience of spiritual nurture. Stevie read out Emily Dickinson...

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Researchers claim army ‘targets’ recruitment at poorer school pupils

FREE 20 January 2010 | by Symon Hill | 0 comments

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Fresh concerns have been raised about military recruitment in schools following new research into London schools visited by the army.  Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that schools with the poorest students were considerably more likely to receive military visits than others. Fifty-one per...

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The importance of equality

20 January 2010 | by Jez Smith | 0 comments

Do you agree with Quaker Life central committee that equality is better dealt with from hearts and minds as a spiritual matter, rather than simply as a compliance matter, asked Richard Summers, general secretary of Quaker Life, as he introduced the subject of equality. Richard explained that Quakers were generally...

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