Issue 22: October 2019 – Identity and Values

“One of the unexpected things I have learnt in my life as a Quaker is that religion is basically
about relationships between people. This was an unexpected discovery, because I had been
brought up to believe that religion was essentially about our relationship with God.
If we are sensitive, we find that everything that happens to us, good or bad, can help us to build
a vision of the meaning of life. We can be helped to be sensitive by reading the Bible and being
open to experience of nature, music, books, painting, sport or whatever our particular interest
may be. It is in and through all things that we hear God speaking to us. But I do not think I am
alone in my certainty that it’s in my relationships with people that the deepest religious truths
are most vividly disclosed. “
George Gorman, 1982

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Issue 19: October 2018 – Stewardship and the Earth Issue

“As a Religious Society of Friends we see the stewardship of God’s creation as a major concern. The environmental crisis is at root a spiritual and religious crisis; we are called to look again at the real purpose of being on this earth, which is to till it and keep it so as to reveal the glory of God for generations to come.”
– Quaker Faith and Practice 25.02

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Issue 20: February 2019 – Spirituality Issue

“Spiritual learning continues throughout life, and often in unexpected ways.
There is inspiration to be found all around us, in the natural world, in the
sciences and arts, in our work and friendships, in our sorrows as well as in
our joys. Are you open to new light, from whatever source it may come? Do
you approach new ideas with discernment?”
Quaker Faith and Practice 1:02 07

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Issue 16: October 2017 – Quaker Inclusion Issue

One of the most striking points to come out of the 2017 Yearly Meeting Gathering was a statement made by Tim Gee in the Gorman lecture on the lack of inclusion and diversity within British Quakerism. Tim said that UKIP candidates were more ethnically diverse then British Friends. We asked for the figures he based this statement on. He provided us with academic work from 2013 that showed that our Society of Friends is 99% white, 61% retired and with only 28% placing themselves in the lower income bracket, not due to poverty wages but mostly the fact they are retired. The light of Friendship it seems is not truly open to all within our Society of Friends.
In this issue we will explore both the exclusion and isolation of many Friends or potential Friends due to their race, class, sexuality, age, gender and disability both within meetings and in wider society. We also look at potential ways we can struggle against the exclusionary privileges operating within our Society of Friends and how we can begin to build the truly inclusive Quakerism that our equality testimony demands of all of us.

In this issue:

  • Seeing the light in everyone – a challenge for British Quakers to reflect on their privilege
  • An interview with Tim Gee on the 2017 Gorman Lecture – Movement Building from Stillness
  • Precarious Friends – the reality of being a Quaker in Low Pay Britain
  • What makes silence beautiful?
  • Quakers: the vanguard of transformation or part of the problem? – a Young Friend reflects on how understanding the social model of disability changed her life
  • Seeds of a New Quakerism – links between Young Adult Friends communities and contemporary social movements

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Issue 17: October 2016 – The Community Issue

Over the last few months I have been going
through the process of applying for membership
of our Religious Society of Friends. Beyond the
nerves and niceties the focus of my discernment
has increasingly turned to what it means to be
both within a Quaker community and a Quaker
within community. This exploration has led
to challenging questions — What does Quaker
community mean? How is that community
expressed? What are its limits?

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