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FREE 09 June 2010 | by The Friend newsdesk | 0 comments

Peace tax  Over sixty people gathered in Norway earlier this month to explore conscientious objection to war-related taxes. At least eight Yearly Meetings were represented at a Meeting for Worship.  The conference was opened by the Quaker ecophilosopher Per Ingvar Haukeland speaking on ‘New Earth, New Peace: Listening...

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FREE 09 June 2010 | by The Friend newsdesk | 0 comments

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Quaker House Belfast Meting for Worship  A special Meeting for Worship to lay down and celebrate the work of Quaker House, Belfast, was held at Frederick Street Meeting House on Saturday 5 June. People associated with the project came from all over Britain and Ireland to worship and to share...

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Nuclear conference reaches agreement

FREE 09 June 2010 | by Joe Thwaites | 0 comments

Libran N. Cabactulan, ambassador of the Philippines (centre), president of the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, chairs the closing session. | UN Photo/J C McIllwaine

A month-long United Nations conference to review progress on disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons ended with agreement to move forward in a number of areas.  A breakthrough came when states agreed to convene a conference in 2012 aimed at achieving a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction,...

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Sex and the Spirit

09 June 2010 | by Roger Clarke and Helen Fraser | 1 comment | 1 comments

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We arrived for ‘Sex and the Spirit’ weekend at Woodbrooke apprehensively. Would we be obliged to share aspects of our lives that we would rather remain private? Were we about to be sold a particular message with which we might not agree? Would the event be grounded in Quaker testimonies,...

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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 | 0 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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Anger as lone politician blocks anti-poverty bill

24 March 2010 | by Friend web | 0 comments

Campaigners have expressed anger after a key anti-poverty bill was blocked by an isolated Conservative MP.  The Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Bill would have restricted ‘vulture funds’ – companies that buy up the debts of poor countries and then sue for massive profits.  Despite passing all stages in the...

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Christians call for 75-1 pay limit

24 March 2010 | by Friend web | 0 comments

The excessive pay differences between company bosses and their staff have been criticised by the Church Investors Group, a network of Christian investment bodies. But the group has stopped short of calling on investors to ditch their shares.  The average payment made to the chief executive officer of a...

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