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15 April 2016
Registrations are flooding in for Yearly Meeting 2016 as around one thousand Quakers head to London next month for four days of work and worship.
Yearly Meeting runs from 27 to 30 May in Friends House (opposite Euston Station) and focuses on “Living out our faith in the world. Are we ready to meet the challenge?" Listening to stories of experience, recognising and responding to the promptings of the Spirit and wisely using gifts to work with others to tackle the causes of injustice and inequality.
5 April 2016
More than three hundred young Quakers have contributed to a book summing up how they see Quakerism. Called Living our beliefs, it is available from the Quaker Centre Bookshop and as an ebook at www.yqspace.org.uk/living-our-beliefs. Playlists, video clips and line drawings accompany inspirational quotations and short passages.
23 March 2016
Walk through the arch into the main courtyard at Swarthmoor Hall and pause for a moment to enjoy its peace and tranquillity. In the spring and early summer historic Swarthmoor Hall is a space to take time out, to reflect and enjoy the hall at its best, set in a purple crocus meadow, with drifts of golden daffodils, spring bulbs and heathers.
Three hundred years ago Swarthmoor Hall was known as the cradle of Quakerism. Today it runs a year-long programme of workshops, retreats, pilgrimages and courses.
2 March 2016
One hundred years ago today conscription and conscientious objection became law. In the midst of World War I, Quaker MPs worked in parliament to ensure the recognition of the right to refuse to kill.
This was the first time in history that legal objection to military service for an individual had been granted.
24 February 2016
Quaker activist Sam Sender of Ealing Quaker Meeting said he had been following his conscience when he protested against the expansion of Heathrow Airport.
He was given a six weeks sentence, suspended for 12 months, plus 120 hours' community service, at Willesden Magistrates Court on Wednesday 24 February. He is one of thirteen activists found guilty of aggravated trespass and entering a security restricted area at Heathrow airport during an action carried out by members of the independent grassroots pressure group, Plane Stupid.