quakers

  • September 18, 2014

    On UN International Day of Peace, 21 September, Quakers will say that building peace is about tough choices and will challenge the stereotype of peace as the soft option.

  • July 22, 2014

    “Make your mind up”. “You're sitting on the fence”. The culture tends to rebuke us for uncertainty. We are supposed to know where we stand, particularly on important moral issues. But to admit that one is still on a journey and that the destination is as yet over the horizon can be difficult.

  • July 17, 2014

    Quakers in the Hampshire area are planning a Meeting for Worship at Farnborough International, which hosts an arms fair alongside “family-friendly” air displays.

  • June 29, 2014

    The rainstorm of almost tropical ferocity which swept across West Suffolk yesterday afternoon (28 June) was dying down as we assembled for a silent Peace Vigil to mark Armed Forces Day. But the distant thundery grumbles seemed – at the risk of being mocked for the use of Pathetic Fallacy – to be a reminder of the persistence and ubiquity of strife.

  • June 23, 2014

    The Yearly Meeting Gathering of Quakers in Britain which takes place in Bath from 2 to 9 August this year, is oversubscribed and is "regretfully having to turn away Friends."

  • 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 22, 2014

    The long religious and secular weekend is over. The Bank Holiday draws to an end and the liturgical celebrations of Easter reached their climax the day before yesterday. As Quakers do not keep these 'times and seasons', I find myself caught in a challenging no-woman's land at Easter and Christmas.

  • 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).

  • April 14, 2014

    New figures reveal the UK has the world's sixth highest military budget, despite the government's emphasis on cutting public spending to reduce the deficit.