Campaigners, faith groups and NGOs urge rethink over military spending

A wide range ofUK campaigning organisations, including NFPB, are urging the government to rethink its military spending decisions in the light of the pandemic and the climate emergency. Figures released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) show that global military spending in 2020 increased by 2.6% to $1981 billion and the UK’s … Read more

Glimpsing hope, supporting one another

Thirty Friends gathered online on 20th February, for the first of this year’s periodic NFPB informal meetings. NFPB members and others who share our concerns used the opportunity to introduce themselves – with a good number of new NFPB representatives being amongst them – and to reflect on areas of inspiration and hope. Following a … Read more

Welcoming the treaty – witnessing for peace

Banner at Glasgow Meeting House

These past few days have seen a flurry of activity, to mark the entry into legal effect of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. NFPB members and Quakers around the country joined with others in creating visual messages of support, both on buildings and through digital media. Other activities have ranged from … Read more

Nuclear weapons abolition breakthrough

Nuclear ban

Treaty to ban nuclear weapons to come into force in January 2021 following 50th ratification — Resolution 1 of the United Nations General Assembly in January 1946 was about setting up a commission ‘to deal with the problems raised by the discovery of atomic energy’, whose terms of reference ask it to establish proposals ‘for … Read more

The same but very different

NFPB’s meeting (that was to have been in Glasgow this month) took place online, with 25 Friends present during the morning from across the north, and a representative from Quaker Peace & Social Witness. Whilst smaller groupings of NFPB had met via video conference since March, this was the first of our representatives. Shorter than … Read more

Statement regarding Coronavirus: 30th March 2020

| Statement from the Network of Christian Peace Organisations | António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, called for a global ceasefire in light of the coronavirus, saying: The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. The threats we face as a planet, health pandemics and climate change among them, demand a coordinated international response … Read more

Time to step back and take constructive action

Northern Friends Peace Board trustees have stated the following: We join with others in urging our government to play a constructive and active role in seeking routes to de-escalate tensions following the assassination of General Quaseem Solameini. As a community committed to peace, we oppose violent action and reaction by parties in a conflict. We … Read more

Friendship and encouragement

NFPB members held their final meeting of the year in the midst of the election period and just two days after the London Bridge attack. Moving from our opening worship, Friends reflected in groups in response to the question ‘How are things?’ There was much to talk about. During the meeting, we heard expressions of appreciation … Read more

Positive peace action in turbulent times

We were warmly welcomed at Liverpool Meeting House, in the bustling city-centre, for our first meeting of the year. Members had travelled from many parts of the North, from East Scotland to North Wales and regions across the North of England. Our meeting began and closed with periods of silent worship. Our membership is chiefly … Read more

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