Looking backward

Looking backward

Quakers have a rich, fascinating and prophetic past – but on the whole we are not very actively involved with our future. We are the heirs and custodians of an enormous heritage of Quaker literature, buildings, spiritual struggle and historic witness, but we are investing less and less in the needs and interests of the next generation or even in the generation around us.

Bullies

Bullies

Quakers are somewhat diverse, but we don’t really handle diversity very well. It makes us nervous the moment we encounter Quaker who really don’t think the way we do. Quakers talk a lot about unity, but the record shows that we have a sorry history of division over the last 200 years.

Will the real Quakers please stand up?

Will the real Quakers please stand up?

Quakers are somewhat diverse, but we don’t really handle diversity very well. It makes us nervous the moment we encounter Quaker who really don’t think the way we do. Quakers talk a lot about unity, but the record shows that we have a sorry history of division over the last 200 years.

Refugees and Quaker relief

Refugees and Quaker relief

Quakers have been led by their testimonies to help victims during times of crisis. This has included victims of war such as those whose homes were destroyed, victims of persecution such as those living under violent regimes, and people fleeing economic devastation, disease and famine.

Op-ed: Friends’ Central can’t keep hiding behind Quaker language

Op-ed: Friends’ Central can’t keep hiding behind Quaker language

As a living product of a Friends’ school community, I understand there are many moments when such an institution needs to prioritize its business needs over its spiritual community. Nevertheless a line needs to be drawn — a Quaker institution should not hide its business priorities behind Quaker spiritual language. Moreover if the business needs are imperative, they should not be obscured. Quakers can tell the difference between a testimony and a distortion. It’s time to reinstate the suspended teachers and apologize.

Op-ed: Friends’ Central can’t keep hiding behind Quaker language

Op-ed: Friends’ Central can’t keep hiding behind Quaker language

As a living product of a Friends’ school community, I understand there are many moments when such an institution needs to prioritize its business needs over its spiritual community. Nevertheless a line needs to be drawn — a Quaker institution should not hide its business priorities behind Quaker spiritual language. Moreover if the business needs are imperative, they should not be obscured. Quakers can tell the difference between a testimony and a distortion. It’s time to reinstate the suspended teachers and apologize.

UK Quakers call for ban on fracking

UK Quakers call for ban on fracking

While Quakers around the country will find ways of protesting, on Saturday, 6 May 2017, many will climb Pendle Hill in Lancashire to protest against the effects of fracking, both locally and around the world. Quakers are known for worshipping in stillness and they will gather in a meeting for worship for witness. Pendle Hill is at the centre of an area licensed for fracking. This is also a significant place for Quakers. In 1652, George Fox climbed the hill and had a vision of creating a great movement of people.

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Statement to the Quaker Palestine Israel Network on Friends Central speaker cancellation

Statement to the Quaker Palestine Israel Network on Friends Central speaker cancellation

Friends Schools were founded by Quakers as a path to equality, ending injustice and furthering knowledge about the world. Quakers have a long history in support of justice in Palestine/Israel  dating back to the establishment of the Ramallah Friends School in 1869. Quaker decision making is done through a discernment process rooted in values such as peace, integrity, community, and equality. We do not see those values reflected in Friends Central’s decision to disinvite Dr. Atshan.