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

Remembrance reflections

Quaker responses to remembrance are varied, as this piece on the Quakers in Britain website illustrates. Beyond the summary included in that, we’ve also heard of other Friends’ witness, often with others, around this period. Some are joining with other faiths and churches, such as in Paisley for an interfaith vigil, and in Wythenshaw (South Manchester), promoting a children’s … Read more

Challenge and hope – NFPB meeting in Edinburgh on 28th September

For our third meeting of the year NFPB members from across the North gathered at Central Edinburgh Meeting House, beginning our meeting in worship and by reflecting on things giving us hope. A good number had been at the witness and action organised by Roots of Resistance [now Quaker Roots, as of September 2020 ] ahead of the DSEI arms fair … Read more

NFPB statement in support of Roots of Resistance

Northern Friends Peace Board supports the Roots of Resistance [now Quaker Roots, as of September 2020 ] movement in opposing the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair held in East London from 10 to13 September 2019. DSEI is a huge trade show bringing together 1,500 arms companies with representatives from militaries from around the world. Some … Read more

NFPB joins with others in calling on the new PM to prioritise peace

As Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, members of the Network of Christian Peace Organisations have written an open letter calling for the new government to work to ensure a peaceful resolution to the current tensions with Iran as well as seeking security throughout the United Kingdom as Brexit discussions continue. The letter was coordinated by the Fellowship … Read more

Iran – call for UK to act to reduce tensions and commit to nuclear disarmament

Following the meeting of Northern Friends Peace Board last weekend, the text below was sent by email today to the Foreign Secretary Dear Jeremy Hunt, We are deeply concerned at the current escalation of tensions regarding Iran, particularly since the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. We understand that the Foreign & … Read more

Meeting in Carlisle: local to international perspectives

On 15 June NFPB members met in Carlisle for their second meeting of 2019. Twenty-seven Friends attended, with a number of local Friends – who made us very welcome – being amongst them. A stimulating morning saw us hearing firstly from Julia Aglionby about Penrith Meeting’s activities around sanctuary concerns. As a small market town, the context … 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

Further action on nuclear weapons needed

As part of the Network of Christian Peace Organisations, we are pleased to support this new briefing , coming out at a crucial stage of decision-making about nuclear weapons. As some of the major global players are now moving away from the existing agreements, there is an even greater need to push for implementation of this new treaty … Read more

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