conscience: taxes for peace not war

the statement from
conscience: taxes for peace not war works for a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.
We campaign for a progressive increase in the amount of UK tax spent on peacebuilding, and a corresponding decrease in the amount spent on war and preparation for war. We also campaign for the legal right of those with a conscientious objection to war to have the entire military part of their taxes spent on peacebuilding.
A link to the page where you can apply for a form for registering as a CO with regards to your taxes
41 members of staff from BYM representing their personal concerns and not that of Quakers in Britain as a whole, signed the letter which requested, ‘…that the part of our taxes that is currently used for military purposes be diverted to a special fund which is used only for non-military forms of security.’
In response to their letter the staff were told, ‘… as the law stands there are no provisions for taxpayers to withhold tax on grounds of conscience, or to decide which part of Government expenditure they would like their payments to be allocated to.’
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quaker jobs!

Local Development Workers (four posts) - Vibrancy in Meetings

Part-time – 26.25 hours per week (hours may be negotiable). Working pattern includes many weekends and some evenings
£20,022 per annum (£26,696 pro rata)
Fixed term - 3 years from 1 September 2016 (start date negotiable)
Closing date:
Thursday 9 June 2016 – 12 noon
3 and 4 July 2016 (overnight stay) in Birmingham

We're seeking enthusiastic, pragmatic, optimistic people to be local development workers for the Vibrancy in Meetings Pilot Programme. We need four individuals to be based in one of these four locations Devon/Cornwall/West Somerset; Wales & Southern Marches; Kent/Sussex/Surrey; North-West England. Your role will be to find ways of helping Quaker meetings get the support they need and want from Britain Yearly Meeting, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, other Quaker groups and each other.
You will be part of a dispersed team developing an exciting, new pilot programme to trial a different way of supporting Quaker meetings to thrive as communities with a vital Quaker ministry.
If you can say yes to these questions, we'd love you to apply:
  • Are you sympathetic to Quaker values and committed to the concept of developing more vibrant Quaker meetings?
  • Are you interested in encouraging Quaker meetings to be strong, connected, confident and sustainable?
  • Are you a good listener who is open to exciting ideas, but with the ability to test and develop them with rigour?
  • Are you organised and resourceful, able to research information, analyse and sift it, and apply it appropriately to a range of situations and personalities?
  • Do you enjoy working with people in groups, encouraging them to be creative and forward thinking, whilst recognising the realities of limited resources?
  • Can you work effectively with diversity and overcome barriers diplomatically, even when things get difficult?
  • For the Wales and Southern Marches post – are you able to communicate through the medium of Welsh, or are you interested in learning?
A link to online information including link to further information and application information

note: although it talks of prioritising public transport a driving license is listed as essential - a Quaker from Lancaster is challenging this, if I hear anymore about this issue I will update!


some May notices

Link to Books of the Month
Talking trident a workshop for Friends to have more productive conversions about Trident. Link to information
Tim Wallis of Quaker Peace & Social Witness has written a book and
is offering to run workshops and talks about Trident between now and
the expected vote in parliament later this autumn. The book,
The Truth About Trident is available from the Quaker Bookshop. If you buy one copy you can get a second copy half-price to give to your MP using the order form link below .
Tim Wallis, 020 7663 1067, timw@quaker.org.uk
Link to special offer for the book "The Truth about Trident" Half price!

Link to QPSW sustainability and new economy grants leaflet
These grants support Quaker-led or Quaker-supported projects
focused on building low-carbon, sustainable communities or a more
just type of economics. You can apply for £100–£2,000 to help you get
started with, or develop, a project between now and 3 October 2016.
Successful applicants will receive their grant money in January 2017.
Find out more at: www.quaker.org.uk/sustainabilitygrants
To apply, contact Ellie Roberts, 020 7664 1056, ellier@quaker.org.uk

Link to Love and Lost leaflet Talking about love, loss and death
Friends and meetings are encouraged to have conversations about dying and death. The leaflet may help with this. Friends who attended the recent Quaker Life Representative Council spent the whole weekend on this topic and found it a deeply spiritual occasion. Your area meeting representative may be able to help your meeting to begin the conversation.
Michael S Booth, 020 7663 1023, michaelsb@quaker.org.uk
August 2016, Friends House, London
‘Echo Chamber: Voices of conscience’ is a sound and photography exhibition marking 100 years of conscientious objection. It will be held in Friends House in August 2016. Artists Ruth Davey and Fiona Meadley invite relatives of World War I conscientious objectors (COs) to participate in the exhibition by taking photographs of themselves holding a portrait of their CO relative.
More details can be found at www.look-again.org/echo-chamber
For further details of how to get involved contact: Fiona Meadley, 01453 828268, fi ona@patiopeople.com or Ruth Davey, 01453 298803, ruth@look-again.org