Interfaith statement as UN nuclear prohibition meeting gets under way

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 meeting on 18 June

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

Adapting and promoting alternatives in uncertain times

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.

Time for action on climate, for peace

As we approach the COP26 UN climate conference, the urgency of addressing climate issues is pressing. Friends worldwide are, with others, taking action, from art activism, advocacy and prayer to nonviolent witness, to urge governments to make choices that will contribute to justice and to the wellbeing of the planet. Links between peace and climate … 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

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

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

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