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NFPB in Sheffield, December 2018

NFPB members gathered in Sheffield for our last meeting of the year, being joined by a number of other Friends from the Area Meeting. On this occasion, as well as some routine business and sharing news of Friends’ peace witness across the North, Friends participated in two workshops.

1918-2018 Some reflections

Northern Friends Peace Board’s trustees gathered in worship at the beginning of November 2018 and were led to share some reflections on the centenary of the armistice.
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The peace testimony, today, is seen in what we do, severally and together, with our lives. We pray for the involvement of the Spirit with us, that we may work for a more just world. – London Yearly Meeting, 1993
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Seeds of peace and costs of war

The Meeting House in Lincoln was the venue for our late September meeting. Joined by a good number of local Friends and other visitors, NFPB members explored the nature of our peace witness. Friends who had been involved in acts of witness reported both positive and negative experiences. In Conwy, we heard, serious consideration is being given to promoting peace education and appointing a local authority Peace Champion, following witness at the Armed Forces Day national events in nearby Llandudno.

The Theology of Quaker Testimony

Thursday, October 25, 2018 to Wednesday, November 28, 2018

25 October – 28 November – Six-week webinar series https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/view-course-search/

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Quaker Activist Gathering

Saturday, November 3, 2018

at Lancaster Meeting House . “An action-focused day for Quakers who identify as activists, framed in worship. It will be a day to make connections, build common cause, deepen our action through exploring the Quaker aspect of it, and discover how we can work more effectively.” Info and booking details (book by 15th October) http://www.quaker.org.uk/events/quaker-activist-gathering-2018

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 (IPBhttp://www.ipb.org/ ) , of which we have been a member for many years but without being very actively so.

NFPB Huddersfield gathering

When early March snow prevented our members’ meeting that month from going ahead, trustees agreed to plan one or more additional NFPB events. The first of these was held in Huddersfield on 14th April, with local Friends joining in and providing warm hospitality to the approximately 18 participants. A second will take place in Lancaster on 12th May.

STOP FUELLING WAR (SFW) - Eurosatory witness and action

Monday, June 11, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018

PARIS – at the time of the arms fair, Stop Fueling War (SFW) would like to have a large presence in central Paris. ..they want this event to be fun and approachable, to help the general public become aware of events such as Eurosatory, the influence of the arms trade on foreign policy, & the lack of investment in alternatives to armed responses to conflict. https://stopfuellingwar.org/en/actions

Bayard Rustin: reflections on his life and witness

Monday, August 20, 2018 to Sunday, September 23, 2018

Online course at Woodbrooke

Stories for our time: Storytelling as a tool for peace, a tool for change

Friday, August 10, 2018 to Sunday, August 12, 2018

Course at Woodbrooke

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