A podcast from Quakers in Britain featuring people talking about ideas, faith and activism. A Quaker Take explores a range of issues in Britain and internationally.

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A Quaker Take

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    On climate activism

    It's part 2 of A Quaker Take on climate change and we've got interviews with Elinor from Extinction Rebellion Jews, Quakers involved in the school strikes, as well as excerpts of a recording of a talk with Greta Thunberg, Anna Taylor and Caroline Lucas on the new climate movement. With thanks to The Guardian for the new climate movement recording!

    Extinction Rebellion Jews

    Find XR Jews on Facebook.

    The Climate Justice Seder was run by Yael Tischler, the second woman outside North America to be ordained as a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess). She is also part of Yelala, which creates inspiring earth-based feminist Jewish rituals and practices in the UK.

    Greta Thunberg and Anna Taylor

    UK student climate network

    The new climate movement talk was held in partnership with the UK Student Climate Network, Greenpeace UK, Amnesty UK, Campaign against Climate Change, Friends of the Earth, the Guardian Live, 350.org, NUS, Policy Connect, 10:10 Climate Action, Parents4Future, Quakers in Britain, WWF and the APPG on Climate Change. Watch the full talk on the Guardian website.

    Quaker links

    How to work with local government (PDF)

    Find @EarthEconQuaker on Twitter

    Swarthmore lecture by Eden Grace

    Check out the playlist of other climate and economic episodes.

    On climate change

    What's the Quaker part in the wider climate movement? Why are faith groups so involved in taking action to tackle climate breakdown?

    In part 1 we talk to Susanna Mattingly from Friends Worlds Committee for Consultation (the international Quaker body) about what that looks like in different parts of the world.

    We also talk to Olivia Hanks about the Quakers in Britain take on the climate crisis. To join the mass lobby of parliament on 26 June email Philip Wood philipw@quaker.org.uk www.quaker.org.uk/sustainability. Find them on Twitter @EarthEconQuaker or as Quaker faith in action on Facebook.

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    Subscribe to listen to part 2 'A Quaker Take on climate activism' where we talk to a founder of Extinction Rebellion Jews, hear from young Quakers involved in climate strikes, and some fresh takes on climate justice from lots of different activists.

    Or check out the playlist of other climate and economic episodes.

    On immigration

    What's the Quaker position on immigration and why? What are Quakers doing to tackle some of the injustices in the current system?

    Asking some of the most common questions, we discuss the Quaker position on immigration with Tatiana Garavito, Jessica Metheringham and Bridget Walker. We talk about why it's not just about refugees and asylum seekers, and how we can all work together to tackle the injustices in the UK's current immigration system.

    Further info on Quaker work: www.quaker.org.uk/sanctuary and www.qarn.org.uk/homepage/

    More information about immigration detention: http://detentionforum.org.uk/

    Owning power and privilege (PDF)

    On Christmas

    Do Quakers celebrate Christmas? This episode we hear about different Quaker takes on the festive season, discuss why Quakers don't traditionally celebrate Christmas (and how they sometimes do now), and explore ways to approach difficult conversations with family and friends.

    BLOG
    Times and seasons: A Quaker reflection on Christmas www.quaker.org.uk/blog/times-and-seasons-a-quaker-reflection-on-christmas

    VIDEO
    5 ways to disrupt racism: youtu.be/Lcd4VXHTR3Y

    TOOLKITS FOR ACTION
    Having difficult conversations (PDF)

    Owning power and privilege (PDF)

    On parenting

    In this episode Jon and Elizabeth talk to two Quaker parents, one non-Quaker parent and two people raised by Quakers to find out what the common experiences are.

    Quaker Parenting Facebook group

    Resources for Quaker parents

    Find events for children and young people

    On allyship

    What does it mean to be an ally? What does it mean to practise allyship?

    In this episode we discuss allyship and solidarity with Tatiana Garavito, Sanctuary Everywhere Programme Manager. We also discuss the history of Quaker abolitionist thought with historian Marcus Rediker.

    Power and privilege toolkit (PDF)

    Healing Justice podcast

    The Fearless Benjamin Lay by Marcus Rediker

    Answering that of God in everyone: A national gathering on diversity and inclusion, 18–20 Jan 2019, Birmingham

    On God

    Five Quakers discuss their take on God, spirituality and Quaker faith.

    ARTICLES
    The Quakers are right, we don't need God – Simon Jenkins.
    And some letters in response.

    Telling our stories: exploring the Quaker way – Alistair Fuller.

    BOOK
    God, words and us: Quakers in conversation about religious difference
    Quaker faith & practice (online version)

    PODCAST
    The Sacred Podcast
    CBC Tapestry interview with Paul Parker – discussing faith and the revision of Quaker faith & practice

    On peace education

    Discussing peace education and nuclear weapons we join peace poet, Antony Owen, CND peace educator Owen Everett, and Quaker staff Ellis Brooks and Sahdya Darr to reflect on the role of peace education in encouraging critical thinking.

    Find out more

    Antony Owen: antonyowenpoetry.wordpress.com

    CND peace education
    England: cnduk.org/education
    Scotland: www.peaceeducationscotland.org
    Wales: walesforpeace.org or www.cymdeithasycymod.org.uk

    Action you can take
    Peace education resources: www.quaker.org.uk/teachpeace
    ICAN Parliamentary Pledge: http://uk.icanw.org/projects/appeal/

    What we're reading
    Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy Briefs: centreforfeministforeignpolicy.org
    Barracoon: http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk/Barracoon-The-Story-...
    Millennium: http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk
    Trans Britain: http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk/Trans-Britain-our-jo...
    Quaker Centre Bookshop events: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/quaker-centre-books...

    PS. We haven't got rid of Quaker faith & practice either, we've just decided to revise it www.quaker.org.uk/blog/revision-of-the-book-of-discipline-what-happens-now

    About 'A Quaker Take'

    Britain Yearly Meeting works on Quaker concerns nationally and internationally and on many issues there is a specific Quaker take. But on others there are lots of different thoughts and views. Here is our chance to explore those different viewpoints. We'll be hearing about lots of different issues that Quakers care about, trying to give space to hear from new people as well – and not just Quakers.

    If you have a comment or question about the show, please feel free to tweet using the hashtag #AQuakerTake and we'll be able to respond. Or get in touch using the details below.

    Music by Adam Janota Bzowski.

    Artwork by Sam Ailey.

    Suggest a topic

    Got ideas for an episode of A Quaker Take? Or a book recommendation? We'd love to hear from you! Get in touch with Elizabeth on elizabethp@quaker.org.uk or share your thoughts with us on Twitter @BritishQuakers.

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    Related blog

    Hearing the call of the climate crisis

    23 May 2019 by Olivia Hanks

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    Elizabeth Payne
    Communications Officer
    020 7663 1158
    elizabethp@quaker.org.uk