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

Our continuing work – a brief update

Northern Friends Peace Board members will be gathering via video conference on 20th June, the date on which we had planned to be meeting in Glasgow in person. Our previous meeting was at the end of February, a short time before things changed so dramatically in line with public-health measures. NFPB members have had two … Read more

NFPB Voices, WW2 reflections

Our new blog section on the website – ‘NFPB Voices’ – is launched today with a series of pieces reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the end of the second world war. Written from personal perspectives, the pieces acknowledge the dilemmas, the trauma, the commitment and importance both of remembering and of working for a … 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

NFPB and the Covid-19 pandemic

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This past week we have been preparing for and then moving our office-base to our Coordinator, Philip Austin’s, home in Bolton. Trustees support the staff in keeping safe and out of circulation in the interests of limiting transmission. We do not have routine access to all the resources and materials that we would normally, but … Read more

Reflecting on war(s) and looking ahead

Friends from Notts and Derby Area Meeting provided hospitality for our first NFPB meeting of 2020. NFPB members were joined at Derby Meeting House by a good number Friends from the Area Meeting and further afield for the day and we were pleased to welcome new members of the Board. In the morning session the … 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

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

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