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Quakers stand alongside victims of racist policies

Quakers in Britain have responded to the global unease about recent political developments around the world with a clear statement asserting that, “Humanity needs leaders of integrity and conscience, ready to be held to account by individuals and institutions, national and international.”

In the statement made on Saturday 4 February by their representative body, Meetings for Sufferings, Quakers say, “There can be no peace without justice; no love without trust; and no unity without equality. Our faith urges us to welcome the stranger as our equal and friend, feed those who are hungry and shelter those who are homeless, needy and frightened.

“Alongside Quakers in the USA, and their American Friends Service Committee, we stand with those whose lives are blighted by racist, discriminatory policies and those whose faith is denigrated by association with a tiny violent minority.”

The full statement from Meeting for Sufferings held at Friends House, Quakers’ central offices in London is here:

“’We are a people that follow after those things that make for peace, love and unity’ (Margaret Fell, writing to Charles II in 1660). Quakers in Britain see these values now under growing threat around the world, not least from recent developments in the United States of America.

“We condemn all acts of government which set people against one another; which discriminate against people because of who they are or where they were born. We reject policies which condone suspicion and hatred; which turn away those who need and depend upon our help. We were not put on Earth for this, but to be a people of God, to live in harmony with each other.

“There can be no peace without justice; no love without trust; and no unity without equality. Our faith urges us to welcome the stranger as our equal and friend, feed those who are hungry and shelter those who are homeless, needy and frightened.

“Alongside Quakers in the USA, and their American Friends Service Committee, we stand with those whose lives are blighted by racist, discriminatory policies and those whose faith is denigrated by association with a tiny violent minority. We pray for the courage and steadfastness that will be needed as we uphold our testimony of equality, justice, peace, sustainability and truth. For us, prayer is inseparable from action.

“Humanity needs leaders of integrity and conscience, ready to be held to account by individuals and institutions, national and international. We pray for those in positions of power. We call on them, as public servants, to work with all of good faith to build the world we seek, to fertilise the soil in which the tender shoots of peace, love and unity may flourish.”

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4th June Swimming at Hathersage (arranged by Sheffield Central)

20th June Multi Story Theatre Company present ‘Pericles’

Next Local Business Meeting, Sunday 2nd July after Meeting for Worship

29th July – 5th August 2017 Britain Yearly Meeting of Quakers,University of Warwick Last of a three-year arc on the theme ‘living out our faith in the world’. Please see website: https://www.quaker.org.uk/events/ymg-2017

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20th October Journeyman Theatre Company present “The Bundle”

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The Sunday meetings do not affect Balby (Doncaster) Meetings for Worship which continue to take place in Doncaster before the Area Business Meetings.

Sunday 14th May, 1.15pm – 4pm Balby (Doncaster) Meeting House

Saturday 15th July, 10.45 am – 3.30 pm, Hope Valley

Sunday 10th September, 1.15pm, Sheffield Central Meeting House

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