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Copenhagen cop-out?

09 December 2009 | by Laurie Michaelis | 0 comments

Over a hundred world leaders converge on Copenhagen next week for the high level segment of the UN climate talks. They hope to conclude two years’ negotiations on greenhouse gas emission cuts for the rich world, limits on emission growth for the poor, and mechanisms for financial and technological co-operation....

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Seeing ourselves as others see us

FREE 02 December 2009 | by Philip Barron | 1 comment | 1 comments

Geoffrey Durham (left) with David Smith before the presentation. | Photo: Trish Carn.

The Good News: people have heard of the Quakers. The Bad News: a lot of them think we are fundamentalists. These were two of the conclusions drawn from a wide market research survey backed by Quaker Quest that may change how Friends tackle outreach in future.  The research was...

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Activists challenge Friends House Hospitality bookings

02 December 2009 | by Joe Mugford | 1 comment | 1 comments

Anti-extremism campaigners have expressed concern about bookings at Friends House. The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) had invited a leading Hungarian far right MEP and ally of the British National Party, Krisztina Morvai, to speak at their conference later this month. This invitation was subsequently withdrawn following the withdrawal of Labour...

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Quakers keep close eye on finances

02 December 2009 | by Friend web | 0 comments

As the shockwaves of the dramatic cuts made by American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – which recently cut its staffing by a half, reduced wages and cancelled programmes around the world – continue to reverberate (6 November), Britain Yearly Meeting is working hard to ensure that such a situation is not repeated here....

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Cumbrian Quakers recovering from floods

02 December 2009 | by Friend web | 0 comments

Keswick Meeting House during the flood. | Photo: Dorothy Crowther.

Friends in west Cumbria are continuing to get back to normality following the flooding of the past two weeks. Keswick Meeting House was badly flooded but has been cleared of debris and is being disinfected and dried out with dehumidifiers.

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Quaker Business Conference 2009 – Looking at Success

02 December 2009 | by Sean Glasgow | 1 comment | 1 comments

What is success these days for Quakers in the business world? Over forty-five Friendly business people (seventy-five per cent in membership, twenty-five per cent in sympathy, with a further twenty-five people prevented) met on an evening and throughout the following day, for Quaker Business Conference 2009 to work this year’s...

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Quaker online discussion group relaunched

02 December 2009 | by Peter Sender | 1 comment | 1 comments

Friends have been using a new version of the Quaker discussion forum at to share thoughts about Quaker worship and beliefs, Quaker work and running Quaker Meetings in Britain. This was launched with new ‘Advices and boundaries’ following concerns about how discussions on previous forums were...

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Quakers on the public’s radars

FREE 25 November 2009 | by Joe Mugford | 0 comments

Eighty per cent of interviewees claimed ‘some knowledge’ of Quakers, but of these fifty-nine per cent had some factual inaccuracies | Image: Ivana Ropkova/Shutterstock

Eighty per cent of the British population have heard of Quakers. This statistic was one of many that came about following a professional market research survey of 1,000 individuals in England, Scotland and Wales, commissioned by Quaker Quest Network. The research was ordered to find out about understanding of and attitudes...

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Keswick Friends begin clean up operation

FREE 23 November 2009 | by Joe Mugford | 1 comment | 1 comments

Damage inside Keswick Meeting House after the flood had subsided | Dorothy Crowther

Quakers in Keswick, Cumbria are already going about the repairs to their Meeting house, which last Thursday night was flooded for the second time in five years. Michael Evans (clerk of Keswick Quaker Meeting) told the Friend on Monday that they were pleasantly surprised at how quickly they had been...

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Keswick Quakers hit by flooding

FREE 20 November 2009 | by Jez Smith | 2 comments | 2 comments

Keswick Meeting House has been flooded for the second time in five years | Dorothy Crowther

Quakers in north Cumbria were fearing the worst on Friday as their Keswick Meeting house remained flooded. Clerk of Keswick Quakers Michael Evans told The Friend that the Meeting house last flooded in 2005 and since then £6,000 had been spent on flood defences such as barriers.

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