The Tickle of God

How do Quakers take decisions collectively? We don’t vote or aim for consensus. We believe we are led by (and here individual Quakers will insert their own word for…) God/the Spirit/the Guiding Light/Presence/Christ to discern the way forward…or to wait a while longer.

Read the whole article at the Spiritoso blog.

“I’m a dad, a Quaker, an alternatives to violence britain (avpb) workshop facilitator, a storyteller, a Union Learning Rep (UNITE), an Evertonian, and I work as a Tutor Organiser (TO) for an organisation you probably have never heard of, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA).”

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Nuclear Deal: Make the government hear your voice – join us next week

 

JOIN US AT PARLIAMENT TO DEMAND A JUST ENERGY FUTURE FOR SOUTH AFRICA

The Campaign for a Just Energy Future and the Stop the Secret Nuclear Deal alliance (of which we’re a member) are calling on all active citizens to join us in Cape Town (or online if you live somewhere else) on 21 and 22 November to make our government listen to the people of South Africa.

The events aim to foster public discussions and debates around the issues of energy, to promote a just energy future with access to clean, safe, accessible and affordable energy for all. There are events happening across the two days and you’re invited to join as many as you can!

A just transition to a low-carbon economy affects every aspect of society in terms jobs, the cost of electricity, basic services, water security, air quality and health and so on. It is therefore imperative that ordinary people have the information, are consulted and have a say in the decision making process.

RSVP on the SAFCEI Website.

The two items below explain why SAFCEI (and all faith communities which make up SAFCEI) support Sustainable Energy and opposes Nuclear Energy.

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2018 Calendar: Quaker peace-building in art — now available

The 2018 Quaker peace-building in art calendar (30 cm × 30 cm) celebrates many kinds of peace-building and a variety of art works by Quakers from around the world. Short inspirational texts accompany the pictures, and a brief commentary introduces both the art and the peace-building work. These texts are printed in Spanish, French and English.
The calendar is a joint project of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) and the Quaker Arts Network (QAN), based in Britain.

It can be purchased from FWCC at Friends’ House, or by post. Information available on the FWCC website.

 

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Press Statement from Friends Church in Kenya

Holding Kenya in the Light. Click the link below to read it.

PRESS STATEMENT FRIENDS CHURCH IN KENYA

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In turbulent times … be a Quaker

View the infographic on Quaker work for social and economic justice, sustainability, peace and the equality of all peoples on the Quakers in Britain website.

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On Quaker outreach

Words by Friends: Emily Provance | Friends General Conference

On her blog Turning, TurningEmily Provance of Fifteenth Street Meeting (and Interim Young Adult Field Secretary for New York Yearly Meeting until early November) explores an outreach model for Quaker meetings that is geared towards the experience of seekers.

Read the full post.

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Moves at the UN to develop an international convention against the death penalty, and Quaker Involvement

There are moves within the UN, and especially the UN Human Rights Council, to develop an international convention against the death penalty. Historically, Quakers have been strongly opposed to the death penalty, and have been involved in advocacy and campaigns to abolish it. 
The death penalty convenes two human rights in the UN Declaration of Human Rights (1948): the right to life;  and protection from torture.
One of the recent resolutions at the UN Human Rights Council was to condemn use of the death penalty against people for being in same sex relationships. America one of 13 countries on the Human Rights Council to oppose this historic vote. The vote in Geneva passed with 27 of the 47-member Human Rights Council in favour.
There are currently six countries where the death penalty is used for people in same-sex relationships: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia. This number rises to eight if the Isis-occupied territories of Iraq and Syria are included. There are another five countries where it is technically allowed, but not actually used in reality.
America was one of 13 countries on the Human Rights Council to oppose this historic vote. The US later clarified that this was due to what they felt were wider criticisms against the death penalty, and they do oppose it being applied because of a same sex relationship.
A recent article on this:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-gay-sex-death-penalty-un-same-sex-relations-human-rights-council-saudi-arabia-iraq-nikki-haley-a7980981.html

Quakers:  the Quakers in the World website has a brief summary of Quaker work against the death penalty in the UK, and the wider world. QUNO in New York and Geneva continue this work. http://www.quakersintheworld.org/quakers-in-action/53/Campaigning-against-Capital-Punishment-in-Britain
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Nobel peace prize 2017: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins award – as it happened

Norwegian Nobel Committee says award made in recognition of work to draw attention to catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons

Read the stream and watch the video clip at The Guardian website.

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These 13 countries voted against UN ban of death penalty for being gay

The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to condemn countries who use the death penalty on gay people.

Although the resolution passed with 27 countries voting for the measure – 13 countries including the United States voted against.

In the vote on Friday 27 September, seven countries also abstained.

Read the full article on the GayStarNews website.

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World Quaker Day at CWMM

‘We invited a Muslim group to Meeting for Worship yesterday and ten members came from the Ahmadiyya Jama’at group in East Rondebosch. They are an unusual Muslim group and have experienced persecution by other Muslims in Pakistan where they originated over one hundred years ago. They are also banned from visiting Mecca. They also believe that Jesus did not die on the cross but survived and went to live in Kashmir where he got married. They still have the house where he lived.
They have a very large worldwide membership and do a lot of charitable work with people of all different faiths. They are very peace orientated and believe in “Love for all, Hatred for none”.’

— Graham Thomas

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