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British Quakers affirmed their concern for the sustainability of our planet at their Yearly Meeting in 2011.
This commitment was expressed in the Canterbury Commitment, which set out areas for action.
Sarah Allen, York Quakers' representative at the national Meeting for Sufferings (an executive committee of the Yearly Meeting), reports that this February the national Sustainability Group has revisited the subject.
They have identified five areas for action (see panel, right.)
Sarah would welcome comments and news of local initiatives to inform her work on our behalf:
"If anyone has any feedback I would love to kept in the loop."
Contact Sarah at Friargate Meeting, or via our Area Meeting Clerk, who will forward any comments to Sarah.
Click on the panel to read the recommendations in full.
Click on the image to read the Canterbury Commitment to Sustainability.
Wayne Sharrocks, a 27-year old former British soldier and now member of the Veterans for Peace organisation spoke to Acomb Quakers on March 19th.
In his talk, "A modern soldier's story: How killing becomes normal", Wayne spoke of his military experiences, leading up to injuries in Afghanistan and his leaving the army in 2013.
Describing his own experiences, Wayne outlined his youthful idealism and the reasons youngsters have to join the armed forces. He also spoke of the influences targetted at children by the military.
After leaving the army, Wayne worked in a number of jobs, struggled with the mental effects of his experiences and came to make a film about his insights.
Now an activist with Veterans for Peace, Wayne laid a white poppy wreath at the London cenotaph on behalf of the organisation in 2016.
You can view a recording of Wayne's talk by following the link on the right.
Friargate Quakers arranged a showing of a TED talk given by Celia McKeon, a member of the York Meeting.
TED Talks are inflfuential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, technology and creativity, They are recorded and placed on the internet.
Celia's talk, given in 2015 has the title "Re-imagining Security". It starts with the striking image of a clenched fist.
Beginning with widely-held views about what constitutes security, Celia invites us to explore their validity, and sets out what she believes to be the real basis for lasting security and justice.
She goes on to explore attempts around the world to put non-military strategies into practice.
You can view a recording of Celia's talk by following the link on the right.
Hilary Marson, a PhD student at Birmingham University, is looking for Friends willing to help with her work towards a dissertation with the title "Coming into the Light: a study of Quaker experience of convincement".
The study aims to compare the the convincement of early Quakers with that of modern-day Friends. Experiences will be shared in a confidential one-to-one interview. If possible, interviews will be conducted in the York area between 12th - 16th June.
If you may be interested in helping, Hilary has prepared an information sheet which can be viewed online by following the link on the right
Contact will be initially be by email, and further arrangements will be made by telephone. You'll find details on the sheet.
Click on the panel to view the participant information.
During her year of service as Sheriff's Lady in York, York Quaker Brenda Tyler has chosen a number of local charities to support.
During April, she will be offering to sell a number of her watercolours in aid of the groups. Prices will be around £35-£75, and proceeds will aid the charities.
To enable a viewing of the pictures, Brenda is offering interested people to visit her and look at them over a cup of tea.
Visitors will fix a time with her by phone or email.
The local groups chosen by Brenda are:
For further details, see the flyer on the right.
Click on the image to view the flyer with contact details..
A display by York Quakers will run from 1 November 2016 through to 29 January 2017 in the Community Room of the World War One Exhibition at York Castle Museum. It is a refreshed and remounted version of the successful 2014 display.
York’s conscientious objectors included railway carriage cleaners and clerks, teachers and tailors, postmen and printers.
For some, the stand they took came from deeply held religious views; for others their socialist ideals led them to refuse to kill their fellow workers.
The display will feature some of these men and what happened to them during and after the war.
It will include poignant extracts from personal tribunal statements, thought destroyed in the 1920s, but found recently at North Yorkshire Record Office.
Click on the picture for full details.
Click on the image to view a full-size poster with information, opening times etc.
This Remembrance Sunday in York, Quakers will be joining others in commemorating the sacrifices and suffering caused in wars.
Friargate Quakers have accepted an invitation to take part in the civic Remembrance Service in the city and will add a wreath of white poppies to the wreaths of other groups.
White poppies are a reminder of the loss and suffering, both military and civilian, in war. They recall the victims of past wars in all countries, and are also a reminder of those where wars are still being fought.
White poppies are also used to signify the ongoing need for us to work against political and social injustice which may lead to conflict. This reflects the historic Quaker Peace Testimony going back to 1660, when Friends expressed their wish to “live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars.”
Individually, some Quakers mark Remembrance Day by wearing a red poppy, some by wearing a white poppy and some wear both, so as to recognise both the sacrifices made in the past and the need to work actively towards a more peaceful world by non-military means.
Others prefer not to use either of these outward symbols, but to support remembrance and work to avoid future wars in other ways.
Each year, white poppies are on sale in Friargate Quaker Meeting House.
In Harrogate, Quakers will also place a wreath of white poppies on the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday.