Monthly Archives: April 2014

Economic inequality in Britain

Recent national Quaker statement on economic inequality and benefit cuts.   It starts “Quakers in Britain commit ourselves to action to redress the growing inequality of wealth and income in our country” and concludes “As we long for a society of … Continue reading

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A different kind of courage

Feature in The Guardian Family section about 3 World War 1 conscientious objectors and how their descendants are marking the centenary of the start of the “war to end all wars”. Includes interviews with the descendants of Quaker doctor John Rickman and … Continue reading

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A Christian nation?

It’s a funny thing, standing up and saying Britain is a Christian nation.  (Even if you immediately qualify it by saying atheists are moral and other religions are valid too.) It smacks of dog whistle politics, a statement made because … Continue reading

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What makes a good booksale?

There are some practical things, it not raining helps.  Our crack team of volunteers was better than ever and, working with the amazing Ollie and others from Amnesty, got the meeting house cleared and the room set up for Sunday … Continue reading

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Quaker teens fun and drones

The excellent London Link Group brings Quaker teens from all over London together for weekend residential or day events.   The size of most Quaker meetings means a significant teen cohort can’t happen, but by working London wide, Link Group makes … Continue reading

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“This Light that Pushes Me”

In the week that marks the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, on Wednesday 9 April Quakers in Britain launch an extraordinary book and exhibition of photographs: “This Light that Pushes Me”.  African peacebuilders relate their journey from violence to … Continue reading

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Sour note from Manchester

Sometimes you hear something you find hard to believe.  A Christian preacher was detained for nineteen hours without food or medication following allegations he had harassed two gay teens. Going by reports I have seen, the teens approached him, asked … Continue reading

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