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Building peace, from local to global

Report of NFPB’s meeting in Darlington on 14th October

The remit of NFPB is to promote ‘peace in all its height and breadth’. The range of issues addressed at our most recent meeting in Darlington shows the continuing relevance of this brief.

Talking Peace Postively

This was the title of a workshop we facilitated at Colwyn Bay Meeting House at the beginning of Quaker Week, on 1st October. The workshop was attended by local Friends and Attenders, as well as participants from peace and Amnesty groups. Looking at current peace challenges and concerns, the group was encouraged to explore differences in our understanding and in our responses, and to identify some of the root causes of violent conflict.

NFPB at Yearly Meeting Gathering

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Northern Friends Peace Board will be at Yearly Meeting Gathering at the University of Warwick from 29th July. We are offering two short workshops (linked, but also possible to do separately). The details of these are given below. Please note, these details are slightly different to the information given in the Events Listing.

We shall also have a stall at the Groups’ Fair on Tuesday evening. We look forward to meeting with Friends from around the country.

Public Statement on the Adoption of The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

NFPB member Janet Fenton, with Tim Wallis representing Quakers in Britain, were present in New York during the negotiations to agree a Treaty to prohibit Nuclear Weapons. On Friday 7th July 122 states agreed this treaty and our Friends were part of a multi-faith group that issued the following statement:

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Public Statement on the Adoption of The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons

Hope in challenging times

NFPB members met in Dumfries on 17th June. More than 30 Friends were present, including a number from Dumfries and from Castle Douglas Quaker Meetings. We met on the same day that a large demonstration was taking place in New York, with women calling for a ban on nuclear weapons.

NFPB members in Dumfries

Manchester bombing

Quakers in Britain, as part of the The Interfaith Network in the UK, endorsed this statement produced by them on 23 May.

Workshop on populism

A workshop with a focus on populism was facilitated by NFPB members for Westmorland Regional Meeting at the end of April. Although the term is used in a variety of ways, populism has in some ways become a shorthand term for some of the less desirable aspects of civic and political life, both in the UK and further afield.

UK General Election 2017 - peace concerns

voting for peace

Our society and our planet need politics that will enable people to live sustainably, with respect for differences and diversity, promoting human rights for all. These are some of the foundations for peace. We offer these comments during the period leading up to 2017 general election, as pointers and prompts for conversations with candidates and others, and in considering how you might use your vote.

International Conscientious Objectors' Day

CO day ceremony in Manchester

This annual event was marked on 15th May with ceremonies in different parts of the UK, including in the North, vigils in Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool. At the Manchester event, the following poem was read by poet Steven Waling. Steven is a Manchester Quaker and also works one day week in the NFPB office. The poem has been informed and inspired partly by First World War CO Tribunal accounts, as well as by more recent events.

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NFPB calls for de-escalation in relation to North Korea

Northern Friends Peace Board’s trustees met today and agreed to send the following to Theresa May, Prime Minister, and to Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary. The same will also be sent to leaders of the main opposition parties.
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Friday 28th April 2017

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