Heather Kirk has a way of bringing history to life and anchoring it to present day. If possible, she also brings it home to the neighbourhood. In this case, just down the road from Barrie in the Yonge street area of Newmarket.
Her latest book, Seeking Peace: The Quakers, delves into one of the longest non-violent resistance movements and tells the story of some of key people involved in the group.
Their accomplishments range from a 1947 Nobel Peace Prize for their relief work in Europe during the war to fighting for religious tolerance, the abolition of slavery, improvements to prison and mental hospitals and more, all of it in a non-violent way.
September 21 marks the International Day of Peace, which was established in 1981 by a unanimous resolution in the UN’s General Assembly. To mark the day, QUNO and 131 peacebuilding organizations from throughout the world issued a statement to United Nations Member States that brings attention to peace concerns.
The internet is filled with pockets of loveliness and brief totems to the wondrous bounty of the human spirit, plus a few good dogs — largely corgis. There are also dark corners of nastiness such as the thread on Reddit called “r/race_realism,” a place where racists once could sling debunked Charles Murray junk science, post thudding and unfunny racist memes, and unironically declare fealty to white nationalism without fear of condemnation from any human with a lick of decency.
Thankfully, per a report from Gizmodo, the subreddit has been destroyed from within, transformed from a teeming hive of anonymous, vile bigots into a forum for talking about — wait for it — racing.
What’s happening to the number of Quakers in the world? Is there growth, and where is it coming from? Answers arrived today, as the World Office of the Friends World Committee for Consultation released a new survey of worldwide Quaker membership figures, its first official release since 2012. The figures released show an overall flat Quaker population worldwide, at just under 380,000.
Read more in the Friends Journal post. Click below to download the associated map. We are listed under the Africa section.
YM 2018 will be taking place at the Good Shepherd at Hartebeespoort from 2-8 January 2018. The registration & ECTF funding form, the programme and the Meeting/Cluster report template are all available on the SAYM page.
An Excel spreadsheet template for membership lists is now provided on the Publications & Resources page. Please click the link ‘Resources‘ at the top of the page, or scroll down to the relevant section.
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YM2018 documents and information
The upcoming YM will be taking place the the Good Shepherd at Hartebeespoort from 2-8 January 2018. Download the registration form, programme, and report template from the SAYM page.
British Quakers’ Africa Interests
The British Quakers Africa Interest Group has a website containing a wealth of information about what Quakers have done and are doing in Africa, and why. As well as news of yearly gatherings, there are separate pages for the different regions of the African Continent.