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Quakers and Sustainability: Our Commitment Revisited

February 2017

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.


March 2017

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.

Wayne Sharrocks, former soldier and

Friargate Quaker's TED Talk about "Re-Imagining Security"

March 2017

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.

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Saturday Reflection at Bootham School

August 2017

Following on its successful launch, the Saturday morning series of silent meetings after the manner of Quakers is to continue in the coming school year.

Lasting half an hour, the meetings in the school hall feature the name of reflect30.

They offer the opportunity for parents and others linked to the school or the Quaker community in York to share a period of quiet.

The half hour meeting is followed by coffee.

For more details of the initiative, click on the image on the right.

Latest York Peace Talks series announced

October 2017

Details are now available about the latest series of York Peace Talks at Friargate Meeting House.

As in previous years, York Quakers invite speakers to examine topics around the theme of peace. The talks are open to the general public.

The organisers are particularly excited by both the themes and speakers for 2017/18.

Guest speakers will share a wide variety of viewpoints, all sharing their own personal experiences and insights into contemporary issues.

In October, Wayne Sharrocks, a young former soldier from Leeds will start the series, describing his recruitment and army experiences which led him to leave and become a campaigner for Veterans for Peace.

Questions around protest and social action will be addressed by parties involved in fracking protests in Ryedale, including a police office (November).

In January the crisis in our prison system will be discussed by a retired prison governor and a prison officer.

Finally, in February, a former inmate of Guantanamo Bay will talk about the rise of Isis and its impact in the UK.

For more details of the talks, click on the image on the right.

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Urgent Appeal: Lightning Rods for Rwanda

April 2018

Friends in Rwanda have an urgent need to raise funds following a decree by the government that they must install lightning rods on all their buildings before the end of March. This comes after several fatal lightning strikes affecting churches, schools and other buildings.

To meet the requirements, Rwanda Yearly Meeting needs to buy and install 35 lightning rods at a cost of around £400 each.

Without financial support from Friends in other countries, they will be unable to do this, and they will be forced to close their churches, schools and other buildings, including the Friends Peace House in Kigali.

The Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is supporting an appeal for funds by Rwandan Friends.

Your donations will be passed on to Rwanda Yearly Meeting less a 5% deduction to cover the costs of collecting and transferring the funds.

How you can donate to