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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Canadian Author with Quaker roots examines Quaker history

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.

Read the full article on The Barrie Examiner website.

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Implementing the New Commitments to Peace – Statement by 131 peacebuilding organizations

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.

Read the rest of the article on the QUNO website.

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Global ban on nuclear weapons in sight | Quakers in Britain

A historic Treaty, which could rid the world of nuclear weapons, is being signed today at the United Nations. Quakers in Britain are urging the UK Government to sign.

campaigners hold huge red letters ban the bomb
Heading for a global ban on nuclear weapons

Read the article on the Quakers in Britain website.

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Saying ‘no’ to the arms fair | Quakers in Britain

Britain surely cannot promote peace and democracy, and London cannot be a city of peace, if it is where repression and torture begin and if it is where the seeds of war are sown.

– Sam Walton, Quakers in Britain

sign in police van window says Quakers for peace

Police van full of arrested Quakers. Photo: Ellis Brooks for Quakers in Britain

Visit the Quakers in Britain website to read the article.

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Virtuous Trolls Turn A Racist Forum Into A Home For Racing Fans

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.

Read more on the Good Sports site.

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