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Quakers’ war effort remembered

“Everyone had a role to play and my grandparents did their bit,” says Christine Ball, speaking of her grandparents’ role working for the Friends War Victims’ Relief Committee during the first world war. “Grandpa may not have wanted to fight but he gave something back,” she added. The story of Christine’s grandparents’ work is told in a…

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Quaker perspectives on economics

A Quaker conference to consider new approaches to economic systems takes place on Saturday 24/09/2011 at Friends House in London. Organised by Northern Friends Peace Board, Quaker Peace & Social Witness and Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, the press release for the event states:  “Quakers say that we live in a world where people and society…

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Finding a home for Quakers

“Quakers would ideally be suited to a home where any children are over the age of 14 and could possibly live with a female dog.” Great advice from an article in the Darlington and Stockton Times earlier this month. It turns out, though, that this advice is to help find a home for a black…

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‘Ninja nun’ is daughter of Quaker

The ‘ninja nun’ who sat next to the world-famous William and Kate at their marriage in Westminster Abbey last week has been revealed to be the daughter of a Quaker… by the Daily Mail. Annaliese Brogden, 52, rose to brief worldwide fame after appearing at the royal marriage on 29/04/2011 wearing trainers (as well as her…

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Simple Gifts

Thomas Swain of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is due to appear on the BBC Radio 4 programme Soul Music on Tuesday 8th day of 3rd month at 1:30pm. It will be repeated on Saturday 12th day of 3rd month. It will be available for 7 days afterwards on BBC iplayer. Thomas was interviewed for the programme in 9th…

Quakers speak out on same-sex marriage

Helen Drewery, general secretary of Quaker Peace & Social Witness, was quoted on Channel 4 news as part of a segment about whether Britain is ready for same-sex marriage. Here is the excerpt: C4: Civil partnerships will soon be allowed in consenting places of worship and consideration will be given by the government as to…

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Geoffrey Durham interview

“Then I found myself staring at this Quaker poster in a traffic jam every day for three weeks: ‘Peace is a process to be engaged in, not a state to be reached’. It started to bore into my head, but i was very, very disinclined to talk to anyone who would want to convert me.…

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Naked Quakers exposed

An article by Justin Meggitt in the January 2011 edition of the Fortean Times examines the actions Quakers took in their early apocalyptic ministry. The article includes a ‘side panel’ on James Nayler.

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Yad Vashem recognises Quaker efforts

The Israeli Holocaust museum Yad Vashem has announced that it will recognise the efforts of  British Quakers who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust, it has been reported in the Jewish Chronicle. The decision came after eight years of campaigning by Jewish refugee Peter Kurer. After many years of research Peter Kurer had submitted…