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Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

International negotiations take place in 2017 on a treaty that would ban all nuclear weapons.

Inspiring speakers, important challenges

NFPB members met in early October and late November, in Penrith and York respectively. Common themes linked the two meetings, with a number of people joining us to speak and to explore current issues and challenges. Facing a continued drift towards increased militarism and military spending, alongside a political environment that is become more polarised and fearful, in the UK and beyond, Friends have been in a sombre but determined mood.

NFPB meeting in York, 26/11

Northern Friends Peace Board members will soon be gathering at Friargate Meeting House in York on Saturday 26th November for their final meeting of the year. In the morning, Edinburgh Friend Janet Fenton will be speaking about the proposed nuclear weapons ban treaty, that was put in motion by the UN recently. Janet has been in New York working on this this autumn. Michael Elstub, of Settle Meeting, will be talking about the work of Veterans for Peace.

Quaker Approaches to Peace

This is Quaker week, and the following is the text of a new leaflet from us. It can be downloaded as a PDF from the link at the bottom and is available from our office – contact details on our home page

Peace, media and change

Darlington Meeting House was the venue for Northern Friends Peace Board’s conference on ‘Changing the Narrative for Peace – Critical role of the media’ on 24th September. Organised by the Board’s ‘Sustainable Security’ project group, the event was attended by around 40 participants, speakers and committee members. Local Quakers supported throughout the day with a warm welcome and hospitality.

Changing the narrative for peace - critical role of the media

Media conference graphic

Conference – Darlington 24th September

If the only tool you have is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail‘ – a quotation sometimes used when the possibility of going to war is in the air. It alludes to a wider issue of how we view security and how news sources and other other media outlets frame the discussion.

EU Referendum

Statement from Northern Friends Peace Board, meeting on 18th June at Central Edinburgh Meeting House

After the referendum, regardless of the outcome, there will be many people in the UK and elsewhere feeling hurt, angry and disappointed. The role of the media and many politicians in framing the debate has too often been very negative; passionate assertions have been presented as credible predictions, untruths have been used as if they were fact (in spite of frequent challenges), and fears and prejudices have been stoked up in support of competing agendas.

Resources and opportunities for action on Trident

nuclear bomb over Japan

With a decision on a successor to the UK Trident programme still in the offing, NFPB was pleased to have the opportunity host a special interest group event at Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM) at the end of May.

Talking Trident

Trident conversation

‘How can we be both prophets and reconcilers?’, Tim Wallis asked. Facilitating the first of these new workshops he has devised, he led participants at Swarthmoor Hall through a series of exercises, involving general discussion, fact-finding, role-play and sharing hopes and fears.

Continuing vision and commitment - NFPB meeting in Nottingham

NFPB members  meeting in Nottingham

Gathering in the south of the NFPB area, Northern Friends Peace Board members were in Nottingham for their first members’ meeting of the year. The warmth of the welcome helped the day get off well, as Friends arrived from the North of Scotland, Lincolnshire, North Wales, Cumbria and all parts between (not forgetting two from London). We were pleased to be joined by several new Representatives, whilst also remembering former NFPB members who had recently died.

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