NFPB is one of nearly 150 faith communities and organisations that have signed an interfaith statement, released today as the first Meeting of the States Parties to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) formally gets under way in Vienna. The statement reflects that :“We gather at a time when the threat … Read more
NFPB members met online and in-person on 18 June; 33 were present at the meeting during the day. Central Leeds (Carlton Hill) Meeting House provided the hospitality and technical set-up for our meeting, the first blended meeting we had held and the first time a number of us had met one-another in person. We made … Read more
The war in Ukraine has had a devastating humanitarian impact. … At the same time as the war grinds on in and the brutality continues, preparations are under way for a very different event in central Europe; the first meeting of the states parties to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), from 21-23 June.
We have today sent the following text in a letter to the UK Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss: Quakers are united in distress at the terrible toll that the continuing war in Ukraine is taking on human life. There can be no justification for military action such as that taken by Russia, however strongly grievances might be felt. As a community committed to peace, it pains us to recognise that the situation in which citizens of Ukraine find themselves is one in which armed resistance seems, to most, to be the only option.
In January we were pleased to support the collaborative webinar on what else needs to be addressed after COP26 – making links to the consequences of militarism and highlighting the fact that these are not included in UN climate talks or plans. The year has seen an horrific increase in military action in Europe in … Read more
Addressing human and planetary needs is urgent in building a sustainable security. Meanwhile, the military industrial complex consumes money on an extraordinary scale and the war in Ukraine is leading many Nato member states to call for this to be ramped up still further. It is a challenging context in which to be raising these … Read more
The war in Ukraine was the thread that ran throughout the first full meeting of NFPB in 2022, on 5 March. Thirty Friends gathered online, with new members joining us and most Area Meetings being represented. Some Friends were unable to stay for the whole meeting as they were supporting peace witness in different parts of the country.
There is an urgency – the sense that major militarised powers may be on the cusp of significant violent conflict in Europe is frightening and things are moving quickly, and confusingly. We know that Quaker and non-Quaker friends will be united in their hope, witness and advocacy for a de-escalation and a stepping away from … Read more
Celebrating one year The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force on 22 January 2021, with the period since then seeing further progress in a number of respects. (see https://www.banthebomb.org/campaign/nuclear-ban-tpnw/). Plans are in hand for campaigners to mark this anniversary. We have produced the poster below for Friends to print … Read more
Storm Arwen arrived the night before our members’ meeting on 27 November. Plans for a fully-blended meeting were rapidly changed as trains across the north were cancelled and all but a handful of Friends were able to get to the Meeting House in Bolton. So most joined via Zoom, representing Area Meetings from most from across Scotland, North Wales and Northern England. We were pleased to welcome newly appointed members.