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European Quakers Call For An End to the Cycle of Violence

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Statement of the Peace and Service Consultation of the Europe and Middle East Section of the Friends World Committee for Consultation of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting at Kortenberg, Belgium, from 20th to 22nd November 2015.
http://www.fwccemes.org/news/european-quakers-call-for-an-end-to-the-cyc...

NFPB to be in Lancaster / November news update

This is a busy time for NFPB and for many Friends, with numerous conferences and gatherings. We are pleased to be able to attend many of these and to make contact with Quakers and others. At the end of this month (28th November ) NFPB members will be gathering in Lancaster for their final meeting of the year. As always, other interested Friends and Attenders will be welcome to join us.

NFPB in Perth, supporting one another and inspiring action

NFPB members met in Perth at the end of September, with AM representatives from all parts of the North being joined by local Friends and London-based representatives from YFGM and from QPSW. During our morning session, members received the report of the Building Peace in Diverse Britain project group. The report was also shared simultaneously in London, with two of our group members delivering workshops at the Quaker conference on Interfaith Peacebuilding.

Days, weeks and months for peace

21st September as UN Peace Day is gaining a higher profile each year, with people and organisations around the world using it to raise awareness and take action on different aspects of peace. But it also marks the beginning of a period which features a number of days and weeks with a peace and Quaker focus. Friends around the North will be taking a lead in some of these and participating in many more.

Call to PM not to add fuel to the fire in Syria

The following letter was sent today to David Cameron.

3rd July 2015

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

Dear David Cameron,

Reflecting on politics, witnessing for peace

With members traveling from Cheshire and the North of Scotland and all places between, NFPB’s second meeting of the year took place at Glasgow Meeting House on 13th June.

Election briefing from Christian peace organisations

In a briefing produced on behalf of the Network of Christian Peace Organisations (of which NFPB is a member) the introduction reads, in part:

Seeds of peace, witnessing against weapons

NFPB member Jette Howard in conversation with Mashuda Shaikh

We met on Saturday (28th Feb) at Carlton Hill meeting house in Leeds, this being the first of our members’ meetings of the year. In our worship, we remembered Geoffrey Carnall and Christine Davis who had died recently. Representatives came from North Scotland, Nottingham and all areas between. Other Friends from Leeds and the surrounding area also joined us.

Ukraine - NFPB letter to UK government

The following was sent today to the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond:

11th February 2015

Philip Hammond MP
Secretary of State
Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
King Charles Street
London, SW1A 2AH

Dear Philip Hammond,

Ukraine

We are very concerned about the continuing and growing tensions and armed violence arising from the conflict in Ukraine. We wrote to your predecessor, William Hague, just under a year ago urging action that would seek to de-escalate the conflict.

Voices from the Ukraine and nurturing peaceful change

wall hanging at Newcastle Meeting House

At our final meeting of 2014, Northern Friends Peace Board members gathered at Newcastle upon Tyne Quaker Meeting House. A well attended meeting was joined by three young men from the Ukraine, who were all gaining experience in community work with children in the East end of Newcastle. They talked about some of the underlying causes of the protests that led to the continuing violent conflict in their home country, mentioning their own experiences of unemployment and corruption as well as participating in the demonstrations a year ago in Kiev.

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