Sowing Seeds for the Future by Andrew Rigby – review by Steven Waling The subtitle of this book is ‘Exploring the power of constructive nonviolent action.’ Andrew Rigby has written an often times fascinating account of the various means of creating a new society within the present often violent and exploitative world we now live … Read more
Guest blog from Geoff Tansey (originally published here ) I wondered what a benign long-lived alien race observing Earth for millennia would make of what is happening to us on earth today. Perhaps it might go something like this. An open letter to all of humanity In a lot of your fiction and movies you … Read more
… an unusual, but I feel a very necessary book… through the telling of stories and meditative prose, it encourages those of us engaged in the struggle to change the world for the better to carry on; and also, maybe, to realise that we don’t have to carry the burden of hope alone.
We must present our political decision-makers not just our concerns and our questions, but a different and thought-out vision so that choosing peace for all is a clear and attractive option.
NFPB is currently arranging monthly opportunities for our members and others interested in our work to meet up online. At the most recent gathering, the strain of the continuing pandemic was acknowledged, with those working or volunteering in the area of mental health reporting significant challenges that people are facing. Alongside this, Friends who would … Read more
Some reflections from the NFPB Coordinator, Philip Austin As the year began, we had not made definite plans for marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, but I had assumed we would have some sort of coming together in remembrance and commitment to peace at the British Quakers’ residential gathering that was to … Read more
by Philip Austin Responding to the crisis Messages regarding the Covid-19 virus from some politicians and journalists are heavily laced with militarist language that seems at odds with the work that is being done up and down the country to save lives. Perhaps a more appropriate analogy is the massive restructuring of military industries and … Read more
I recall an incident that must have been in about 1970. We were told that a boy from Germany was to be visiting the school, and one of my classmates piped up with ‘Will he have a gun?’.
I am reluctant to write about my feelings about the second world war, because I was born in Germany. Therefore, I bring with me a complicated relationship with that difficult past bound up with the wartime experiences of my parent’s generation.
I’ve always been ambivalent about the 2nd World War. On the one hand, as a lifelong pacifist, peace activist and Quaker, I am against “the occasion of all wars” as it says in the Peace Testimony. On the other hand, Nazism was an unalloyed evil that murdered its way around Europe and, once it was in power, could only be stopped by violence, and extreme violence at that. So it looks like, if it wasn’t so much a just war, it was at least a necessary war.