Global Campaign on Military Spending - action by end April 19th!

For the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, QPSW has created an online ‘People’s Ballot’ LINK inviting people to choose how they would spend £38 billion which the UK currently spends on the military annually. Before Monday 20 April, Friends can add their vote online at http://demilitarize.org.uk/gdams-survey-2015/ (takes 1 minute). The final results will be published here.


more Quaker notices for April....

Interfaith Peacebuilding
26 September 2015 – Day Conference at Friends House, London
Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations (Qf&p 9.13) with Quaker Peace & Social Witness invites area Quaker meeting (AQM) appointees to attend this day conference on Interfaith Peacebuilding. The focus will be particularly on work with Jewish and Muslim communities in Britain.
What are the challenges? How can Quakers respond?

Even if not able to go there might be things of interest - Christian and Interfaith relationships happen locally and globally!

DOWNLOAD: Interfaith Peacebuilding flyer (PDF, 103KB)

Webpage for Quaker Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations (QCCIR) general information plus booking and payment details for the day conference

Quaker Equality Week follow up
Quaker Equality Week happened in March. Over 80 local meetings got involved. There were at least 35 vigils, 5 letter writing sessions and 8 events. Other meetings also displayed posters at their meeting houses, or made economic equality displays in their local area.

If you want to stay involved with action around economic inequality:

Sign up to receive Earth & Economy e-updates www.quaker.org.uk/earth-and-economy

Also see report from Food Banks are not Enough in current edition of Hedyn [South Wales Area Meeting April Newsletter 2015] from David Harries of Bridgend Meeting [there are copies at meeting if you haven't had one yet]


Positive steps towards full inclusivity

Quaker Disability Equality Group asks local and area meetings to consider “how can we make the meeting a community in which each person is accepted and nurtured” (Advices & queries 18). Quaker Life is pleased to acknowledge the important work that the Quaker Disability Equality Group is doing to encourage that Quaker meetings and activities are fully accessible.


Quaker Disability Equality Group (QDEG) is a listed informal group of British Yearly Meeting - A LINK TO WEBSITE

relating to political engagement

Climate Lobby
A QPSW day of action on climate change, including lobby of MPs
Wednesday 17 June 2015 12.00 - 17.30 Palace of Westminster

‘As members of this beautiful human family, we seek meaningful commitments from our leaders and ourselves, to address climate change for our shared future, the Earth and all species, and the generations to come.’

From Facing the Challenge of Climate Change, a shared statement by Quaker groups, January 2015, signed by Quakers in Britain.


Friends may be interested to know that we are holding national hustings at Friends House in London on Tuesday 31 March (international affairs), Thursday 9 DOWNLOADS: Principles for a just housing policy 2015 booklet (PDF, 177KB), Housing our spiritual concern 2015 booklet April (community and sustainability), and Tuesday 21 April (economy and social justice). If you happen to be in London then, we’d love to see you there. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

It is hoped there will be similar national hustings in Scotland and Wales and many Friends are holding constituency hustings.


Housing booklets reissued
Might be of particular interest after the talk by Shelter Cymru  in Caridigan.

Inequality in housing in Britain is widening and housing options are narrowing. There is a strong sense of the need for radical change in the housing situation in Britain today. Principles for a just housing policy offers a way of describing what that change might look like. Housing: our spiritual concern offers a way of exploring how we might contribute to that change. To help Friends prepare for both the general election and Yearly Meeting 2015, these two booklets have been reissued by Quaker Housing Trust, Yearly Meeting’s own housing charity. A6 printed copies of both booklets are freely available from: Paula Harvey, paulah@quaker.org.uk
To download the leaflets: Principles for a just housing policy 2015 booklet (PDF, 177KB), Housing our spiritual concern 2015 booklet (1.56MB)



Yearly Meeting 1 - 4 May 2015

Even if you can’t be there in person, a shared spiritual preparation creates the foundations upon which Yearly Meeting in session can build.

Yearly Meeting 2015 is the first of a new three-year arc on the theme ‘living out our faith in the world’. One of the focuses this year is housing as a particular example of a tested concern in the areas of inequality and injustice. Challenged by the structural injustice we see all around us, can we draw inspiration from the work of Friends a century ago, recorded in Quaker faith & practice 23.16? How might we express now our spiritual insights that give rise to our testimony, impelling us to action in the world?

Questions for consideration in your meeting on the theme of living our faith in the world:

How can we open ourselves fully to the pain of the world without despairing or turning away? Might allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to each other transform pain into compassion and kindle a passion to heal?

How can meetings be places where individuals are both supported and challenged as they wrestle with the complex issues that face us?

How are we committed to our Quaker values? How can we witness for a better social order? How can the testimonies of individuals bring more peace and economic justice?

What can we do to help bring about justice and equality in the society in which we live?

Suggested reading
All suggested reading is available at www.quaker.org.uk/ym.
Quaker faith & practice 20.17, 20.18, 23.04, 23.06, 23.12, 23.16, 23.17, 23.18, 23.21.
Swarthmore Lecture 2014: Open for transformation: Being Quaker by Ben Pink Dandelion.
Jan Arriens’ prepared ministry, Yearly Meeting Gathering 2014.
Britain Yearly Meeting Statement on economic inequality in Britain, May 2014.
A LINK TO THE FULL TEXT [you can save as a PDF or print easily]
SEE:  www.quaker.org.uk/ym for wide range of information and further links