Quakers consider human rights, earth and economics

By agency reporter
21 May 2012

Around a thousand Quakers will be London 25-28 May for their Yearly Meeting to discern the way forward for Quakers in Britain. This Yearly Meeting, at Friends House in London, will include discussion on economic justice and what it means to be a Quaker.

Sessions on Earth and Economics will follow up the major commitment Quakers made last year to become a low-carbon, sustainable community. Young people will present their responses and impressions of the kind of future Quaker actions might secure.

The young people will contribute to the final epistle or message from the gathering. Activities will challenge them to think how they live as Quakers in the world. They include 44 under 12 year olds. The Young People’s Programme, for 31 aged 12 to 15, will stay at Felden Lodge in Hemel Hampstead; and 75 will be at Lee Valley Youth Hostel for Junior Yearly Meeting for 15 to 18 year olds. Sixteen young people were part of the planning process.

As well as Yearly Meeting business and a marketplace of Quaker activities, there are lectures:

Friday 25 May 4pm Quaker Socialist Society, Salter Lecture will be given by Danny Dorling, Professor of Human Geography, on social inequality in the UK and its causes.

Saturday 26 May 7.30pm Swarthmore Lecture 2012, Snakes and Ladders, will be given by Quaker human rights lawyer, Rachel Brett, of Quaker United Nations Office. She will speak on Quaker work on human rights at the United Nations, work which has brought real change for many, including conscientious objectors and women in prison and to outlaw the use of child soldiers.

The Swarthmore Lectureship, established in 1907, is under the care of Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre trustees. The lectureship provides for both the publication of a book and for the delivery of a public lecture.

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