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Election success for Quakers

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:56
Two Quaker candidates have been successful at the recent European elections Two Quaker candidates have been successful at the recent European elections. Stroud Meeting’s Molly Scott Cato has become the first Green Party MEP for the South West, while Judith Kirton-Darling, who is a member of Belgium and Luxembourg Yearly Meeting and attends Hexham Meeting, was elected Labour MEP for the North East.

Meeting Houses Heritage Project launched

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:54
New heritage project launched An exciting new heritage project was launched on 3 May at Hartington Grove Meeting House in Cambridge. Friends from Area Meetings across East Anglia heard about the The Quaker Meeting Houses Heritage Project, for which English Heritage is providing generous non-Lottery funding. The new project will provide Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) with an updated record of Meeting houses, a snapshot of how they are used, their potential for change and sustainability, and provide information that will assist with making grant and planning applications.

Sidcot students re-enact trial

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:52
Sidcot School students re-enact the court martial of a prominent Quaker conscientious objector History has been brought to life by students at Sidcot School in a dramatic re-enactment of the court martial of a prominent Quaker conscientious objector in world war one. At a special assembly, held to commemorate International Conscientious Objectors Day on 15 May, students were involved in the re-enactment of the court martial of Corder Catchpool.

Brighthelm URC follows Quaker lead

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:50
Brighton United Reformed church congregation disinvests from fossil fuels A Brighton United Reformed church congregation has become the first in the UK to disinvest from fossil fuels. The decision by Brighthelm United Reformed Church ties in with one of the congregation’s core values, sustainability, according to its minister, Alex Mabbs.

New China Convoy exhibition

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:48
New China Convoy exhibition on display in Shaanxi Province A new exhibition in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China tells the story of the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) China Convoy.

Thought for the Week: Friendship

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:46
'Friendship' by George Gott Friendship is a harmony. You relate to me and I relate to you. It is a mediation.

Wrestling with Romans

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:44
Christopher Bagley reports on a recent course at Woodbrooke It wasn’t advertised as having any special interest for gay Quakers; but the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre course this May on ‘Romans’ looked interesting and challenging. The tutor, Timothy Peat Ashworth, has written a challenging and well-reviewed book, Paul’s Necessary Sin: The Experience of Liberation and participants were looking forward to an exposition by Tim of his thesis on the relevance of Paul’s gospel for Quakers today.

Conflict prevention in Burundi

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:42
Carolyn Hayman writes about peace initiatives in Burundi The Quaker Church in Bujumbura, capital of Burundi, has a dazzling gospel choir in sharply dressed lime and green, and a congregation of around 200. There are the same number of Quakers in Burundi, a country a tenth the size of the UK, as in the UK, and they have ambitious plans to plant Quaker communities across the country. But coming from the silent tradition, I wondered what it was that makes the Burundi Quakers different from any other church in Burundi. Two things, I was told, link us closely together: the absence of sacraments and a commitment to building peace.

Letters - 30 May 2014

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:40
From European elections to doctrine European elections I have no doubt that many Friends are as shocked as I am after the results of the European elections. Having friends (and Friends) in several European countries, I am particularly depressed at the success of neo-fascist parties across the continent. Twenty years ago, I was involved in a project at the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) in Brussels, entitled ‘Between Hope and Disaster’, when we produced a document outlining the rise of fascism as we then saw it. Things have moved on since then, and the ease of electronic communication has enabled the far-right to organise more efficiently. It is time for Friends to take a public stand against these developments and for British Friends to unite with Friends in other European countries to work out strategies to put a halt to this tide of hatred and cynicism which is threatening to engulf us. I would be more than happy to help to coordinate our response. Barbara Forbes BYM investments Thank you, Ken R Smith for your letter (23 May). It is good to have some of the truth about Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) investments and the great complexity of the ‘market’ laid before us. I hope that BYM will look into its holdings again and try to reduce or get rid of all questionable investments. I realise that this may be difficult and will take time but for our money to be involved in the manufacture of weapons is not OK. Sarah Lasenby

Series - Conscription and conscience: Part three

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:38
In David Boulton’s final article on conscientious objectors in the first world war, he describes how they were ‘faithful onto death’ On the morning of 15 June 1916 Howard Marten, thirty-one, bank clerk from Pinner, Middlesex, and a member of Harrow Quaker Meeting, was escorted to the parade ground at Henriville camp, Boulogne. Court-martialled a few days earlier and convicted of refusing to accept military service, he was about to hear his sentence, witnessed by several hundred troops lined up for the ceremonial occasion. The chairman of the court martial delivered the verdict: to suffer death by firing squad. There was silence for several seconds before he continued: ‘confirmed by the commander-in-chief’. Another silence, then: ‘commuted to ten years penal servitude.’

Commemorating our shared memory

The Friend - Thu, 2014-05-29 02:36
An important exhibition on the work of the FAU has opened in China A new exhibition has opened in the city of Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China, to commemorate the humanitarian work of the Friends Ambulance Unit’s (FAU) China Convoy between 1941 and 1951. It is the first time that this story of Quaker-led humanitarian service provided to the people of China has been presented to the Chinese public. The exhibition opened on 18 April, at Xi’an Eighth Route Army Museum, to coincide with the International Day for Monuments and Sites. This year its theme is the ‘Heritage of Commemoration’. Entitled The Commemoration of our Shared Memory, it has been arranged in seven sections, each describing a different aspect of the history of the FAU’s involvement in China.
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