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Witness against the arms trade

by Sam Walton We didn’t think we’d get in. The UKTI DSO Symposium is the biggest event of the year for Britain’s exporters of “defence & security” gear – so you’d think they’d have better security. We wandered into the hotel past the police and made our way towards the entrance to the Symposium. Not…

For me it is about creating heaven here

 “For us it is about creating heaven here… not about an insurance policy to make it better in the next life”, says Marigold Bentley, speaking about being a Quaker on 4thought.tv. Being a Quaker “give me access to be surrounded by radical thinkers and radical activists.” Many years ago Marigold Bentley went to work in…

North South, South North

By Sophie Bowman Two months ago I went to North Korea. Well, as much as is physically possible for a foreign person in South Korea. I went and visited the demilitarised zone and Panmunjom, crossing into North Korea within the confines of one of the blue meeting rooms that straddles the border in the Joint…

Living with the barrier

By Hannah Brock Greetings from Bethlehem! I write from a flat which stands about 100m away from the checkpoint through which everyone wishing to travel to Bethlehem from Jerusalem must pass. This house will be my home for the next three months as I serve with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI),…

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Meeting for welcome

by A Friend On a sunny Sunday in November some of our friends and family came to a Quaker meeting for the first time. They came to a half hour meeting for welcome, arranged in response to the births of our two daughters. Having grown up attending an Anglican Church it seemed neglectful not to…

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The God Dilemma

by Stephen Cox An elder gives ministry, saying that in their opinion, a Quaker cannot be an atheist. A recent enquirer says in notices that they are an atheist and are they welcome? Established attenders suggest not using the words God or prayer in an outreach leaflet, because they will be misunderstood. What is my…