Quaker conference to tackle economic justice

By staff writers
September 22, 2011

Quakers in Britain says that people and society are being geared to supporting economic systems, rather than the other way round.

As part of the challenge to build fairer economic systems they are holding a conference to look for new approaches. 'Economic Justice and Sustainable Global Society', will take place on Saturday 24 September, at Friends House in central London.

“Economic structures, sustainability and peace are intertwined,” says Quaker spokesperson Helen Drewery. “We need to find new systems because the global economic system, posited on continued expansion and growth, is often unjust, violent and destructive.”

She continued: “Eighteenth century Quaker John Woolman summed up the challenge for us when he said: 'May we look upon our treasures, the furniture of our houses, and our garments, and try whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these our possessions'.” (Quaker Faith and Practice 23.16).

The conference, 'Economic Justice and Sustainable Global Society' is open to all, fee £20, and runs from 10am to 5pm. Friends House is opposite London's Euston Station.

The day is jointly organised by three groups: Quaker Peace and Social Witness, Northern Friends Peace Board and Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham.

Speakers at the event include Hilary Wainwright (research director of the New Politics Programme at the Transnational Institute and editor of Red Pepper), Jonathan Dale (social activist, Swarthmore lecturer 1996, and retired community worker), Deborah Doane (director, World Development Movement) and David Hall (director, Public Services International Research Unit, University of Greenwich).


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