International perspectives

We were reminded at our gathering of NFPB members and other Friends, in Lancaster on 12th May, of the maxim to ‘think globally, act locally’. At the meeting we heard about the work of the International Peace Bureau (IPB ) , of which we have been a member for many years but without being very actively so.

Collateral Damage 1918 to 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 to Friday, June 22, 2018

[to 22 June] Commemorating war victims and building peace Installation of white poppies – Manchester Friends Meeting House, Mount St M2 5NS Open during office hours, Monday to Friday Poppies can be brought to join the installation at Mount Street Friends’ Meeting House or sent to join the mass installation in London in the autumn.

Silenced Voice - Exhibition, Talk and Discussion on Syria

Friday, March 16, 2018

at Stockport Quaker Meeting House, with Rethink Rebuild Society, and organised by Stockport for Peace and Stockport Amnesty Group. Talk at 7:30, Exhib, 10:00am-7:00pm

Snow stops play - but peace must go on

Snowflake image

NFPB was due to meet on 3rd March in Carlisle. As we approached the weekend, however, it became clear that – well, that roads and rail routes to the city and to the Meeting House were unlikely to be clear. Emails sent to all our members two days before managed to reach nearly all with the announcement that we would not be going ahead with a meeting on that date. Friends locally and further afield were grateful to have this decision made.

Letting in the Light: Positive steps for peace in a turbulent world

Friday, April 20, 2018 to Sunday, April 22, 2018

Leeds – a joint conference with the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Church Peace Fellowships. The conference focuses on equipping us all with positive steps to take for peace in our communities – local, national and international. Including creative workshops, worships and plenty of time for socialising.

Letter to the Editor from E. Sylvia Pankhurst

From The Tribunal, 13th December 1917

This is a further update in a series of extracts form the No Conscription Fellowship’s journal, published in the UK between March 1916 and November 1918
For further extracts go to:


Dear Editor.— Whilst there is yet time pacifists should seriously consider whether the present Representation of the People Bill is a measure worthy to be placed in the British Statute Book in this twentieth century when so many other nations have thrown open the franchise both for local and national purposes to all men and women without any weighting of the scales to the advantage of the rich and the disadvantage of the poor, such as is provided by plural and dual voting, by pauper disqualification and by registration which is not continuous. This Bill differentiates most unjustly against women, providing that less than half of them will be enfranchised under it.

By the evil precedent of disenfranchising conscientious objectors it has struck a formidable blow at freedom and progress.

When this war, once advertised as “The War to end War,” at last comes to an end, the militarists will make a hard fight to retain conscription. Should they succeed, we shall see year by year growing numbers of young conscientious objectors disenfranchised. Thus the vote against militarism will be whittled down.

Nothing can be more dangerous to liberty of conscience and the progress of human kind than toleration of a system which punishes convictions by disenfranchisement. There is no doubt in my mind that pacifists should urge Members of Parliament to oppose the remaining stage of this Bill. As a woman who would be enfranchised under this measure I would rather wait till I can vote with all men and women on equal terms.—

Yours, etc. E Sylvia Pankhurst
400 Old Ford Road, E.

Christianity & War Reclaiming the nonviolence of Jesus

Shalom: the peace that changes everything

Friday, November 9, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018

Course at Woodbrooke

Restorative Justice

Monday, November 5, 2018 to Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Course at Woodbrooke

Exploring Islamophobia

Friday, October 26, 2018 to Sunday, October 28, 2018

Course at Woodbrooke


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