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Friendship and encouragement in difficult times

People holding hands

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.

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 peace art project.

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’

Challenge and hope - NFPB meeting in Edinburgh on 28th September

Image of banner of dove with Scottish thistle

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 ahead of the DSEI arms fair at the start of the month, and spoke of the spirit-filled and vibrant Quaker presence of which they had been part.

NFPB statement in support of Roots of Resistance

Poster - Arms Sales - Point of Deliver

Northern Friends Peace Board supports the Roots of Resistance movement in opposing the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair held in East London from 10 to13 September 2019.

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.

Iran - call for UK to act to reduce tensions and commit to nuclear disarmament

Following the meeting of Northern Friends Peace Board last weekend, the text below was sent by email today to the Foreign Secretary

Dear Jeremy Hunt,

Meeting in Carlisle: local to international perspectives

On 15 June NFPB members met in Carlisle for their second meeting of 2019. Twenty-seven Friends attended, with a number of local Friends – who made us very welcome – being amongst them.

Positive peace action in turbulent times

NFPB members in Liverpool

We were warmly welcomed at Liverpool Meeting House, in the bustling city-centre, for our first meeting of the year. Members had travelled from many parts of the North, from East Scotland to North Wales and regions across the North of England. Our meeting began and closed with periods of silent worship.

Further action on nuclear weapons needed

Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty - briefing from ecumenical peace network

As part of the Network of Christian Peace Organisations, we are pleased to support this new briefing , coming out at a crucial stage of decision-making about nuclear weapons. As some of the major global players are now moving away from the existing agreements, there is an even greater need to push for implementation of this new treaty and to working for the end of nuclear weapons.

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