Monthly Archives: July 2013

British Quakers annual report – on video

British Quakers have produced a video about their work.  It is here and well worth a look I expect this to produce the usual odd ’George Fox spent three days riding on horseback to cross North England, Quakers shouldn’t be using … Continue reading

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Namer of the clouds

Fascinating Radio 4 programme about the poetic influence of the famous metereologist Luke Howard, who is buried in our burial ground.  It describes how his ground-breaking ’Essay on the Modification of Clouds’ became the subject of poems by Goethe and  Shelley … Continue reading

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Archbishop versus the banks

Justin Welby’s intervention in the issues around credit has been thoughtful and interesting.  Many people say that payday loan companies with their sky high interest rates should be banned -the Archbishop is seeking to provide safe, affordable alternatives through credit … Continue reading

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Reflections on a wedding

Recently I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the first same-sex wedding in our Area Meeting.  It was a very moving occasion for all concerned, which brought tears to the eyes of many present.  As well as as being … Continue reading

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Half a deterrant?

Compromise is often a good idea.  However, the idea we should have half as many Trident submarines is likely to please noone. The fundamental problem with Trident is, when can you morally use it?  It is hard to see the … Continue reading

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Lords back same sex marriage

The House of Lords has voted for same sex marriage; a series of votes saw the majority of Conservative, Labour, LibDem and Crossbench peers support it.  A number of improvements to the bill included a commitment to examine humanist weddings … Continue reading

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Peace and Justice Pilgrimage update

An update about the Peace and Justice Pilgrimage, which  is currently walking from Iona to London to highlight UK Government plans to spend £100bn on Trident nuclear submarines while slashing vital public services   Beginning on Iona at Pentecost (Sunday May … Continue reading

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Three parent IVF

The government is to consult on allowing a controversial particular new IVF treatment for inherited disease.   Some rare life threatening diseases are carried by mitochondria, little bodies outside the nucleus of the cell, who only have DNA inherited from the mother.  … Continue reading

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