Category - conscientious objection

  • March 1, 2016

    Tomorrow (2 March) marks the centenary of the passing of the Military Service Act which brought compulsory military service into British law and with it, for the first time, the right to conscientious objection.

  • January 25, 2016

    In the midst of World War I, as conscription came into force, Quakers worked with parliament to ensure men had the right to refuse to kill

  • January 4, 2016

    Quaker work is often hidden from the public gaze. As the year draws to a close, Quakers in Britain have "lifted the curtain" for a look at some 2015 initiaives which have quietly made a difference to areas of conflict, or sowed seeds of change in local communities.

  • March 17, 2015

    Last year saw a flood of new books on World War 1. When I saw a new one in a bookshop or library, I would pick it up and look up how much space it gave to the issue of opposition to the war.

  • December 11, 2014

    I recently preached at Kensington Unitarian Church, where I was pleased to receive a warm welcome and to engage in some good discussions. Here is the text of my sermon. I explored issues of faith, power and loyalty, looking particularly at Jesus' comments when asked if Jews should pay taxes to the Roman Emperor. I suggested this passage should be read not as a surrender to power but as a challenge to it.

  • May 16, 2014

    Yesterday saw the formal launch of the White Feather Diaries, a social media project exploring the lives of British pacifists during the first world war. The project's run by Quakers in Britain, who hired me as a writer and an editor for the project. I'm really pleased to be working on this project. Yesterday we announced the names of the five individuals whose writings will form the basis of the project, when it goes online in the summer.

  • April 17, 2014

    Geoffrey Durham and Ruth Cadbury are to launch a four-year Quaker project telling the suppressed stories of World War I.

  • April 17, 2014

    A four-year Quaker project to tell the suppressed stories of World War I will be launched on 15 May at 10.30am in Friends House, NW1 2BJ (opposite Euston Station).

  • November 6, 2013

    Quakers in Britain are to launch The White Feather Diaries, an online storytelling project to mark the centenary of World War I.

  • April 18, 2013

    A memorial to Quaker service will be opened at the National Arboretum at Alrewas near Lichfield on 20 April.