2. From l-r: Quaker volunteers Les and Marion Derbyshire, Woodbrooke’s Director Sandra Berry and Head Chef, Eddie Hislop

Celebrations mark Woodbrooke’s role among Quakers

As the 110th anniversary of  Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre was marked this week with a special batch of Tottenham cake, Quakers from around the world have praised its role in inspiring generations of Friends to explore their faith. Woodbrooke was founded in 1903 in the former home of George Cadbury and is based in Selly Oak,…

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Quakers to end investment in fossil fuels

Quakers in Britain announced yesterday that they will remove their investments from companies engaged in extracting fossil fuels, less than a week after representatives of Quakers in Britain (at their ‘Meeting for Sufferings’) announced that such investment is incompatible with Quakers’ commitment to become a low-carbon community. The decision to disinvest was taken on 8/10/2013…

Quaker cake with its distinctive pink top. Photo: diadoco/CC

TV fame for Quaker cake

A Quaker cake is set for TV fame today as it appears in the BBC television programme, The Great British Bake Off. Tottenham Cake was invented by a Quaker baker, Henry Chalkley. A regular sponge cake, the Quaker Tottenham Cake’s stand-out feature is its lurid pink icing. The icing traditionally features mulberries from the burial…

A scene from the garden at Maison Quaker, Geneva.

Quaker-backed UN process in media storm

A positive Quaker initiative at the United Nations that was started almost 15 years ago came into sharp focus this week as a media storm descended on Raquel Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing. Encouraging governments to issue ongoing ‘Standing Invitations’ to the UN has been a long-standing project of the Quaker UN Office…

A child in a refugee camp in Lebanon, near the Syrian border. Photo: CAFOD/CC

Quakers seek Syrian peace through nonviolence

Quakers in Britain are urging governments to reject violence and find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria by adopting nonviolent tools for conflict resolution. Helen Drewery, general secretary of Quaker Peace & Social Witness, said today that “Quakers see war as wrong because we value every human being so highly that killing them…

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Murdered youth was peace ambassador

A young man who was murdered in a knife attack in east London was a youth peace ambassador involved with St Ethelburga’s, a peace and reconciliation centre in London, according to the Guardian newspaper. Ajmol Alom, aged 16, was killed in east London on Monday evening. Detective chief inspector Andy Chalmers said Ajmol did not…

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Quaker mentions, 2013, part 2

Putting aside all the media coverage Quakers have received over same-sex marriage, the recent revelation about the nation’s favourite churches and every article that can’t help mentioning which banks were formed by Quakers, Quakers continue to pull in media coverage nationally and locally and often in passing. For example, there was a long feature in…