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

Building the conditions of peace in challenging times

The following is the text of a new leaflet we have available. You can download it here ‘What we can’t do alone we can do together’ Challenges We are in this world together but the way we are living is not sustainable. Economic inequality, our use of the finite resources that feed our consumption, and our … 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

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