Quakers are a faith group committed to working for equality and peace. We try to live in truth, peace, simplicity, and equality, finding God in ourselves and those around us. Our meetings offer a welcoming opportunity for spiritual exploration.
What’s the Quaker part in the wider climate movement? Why are faith groups so involved in taking action to tackle climate breakdown?
In part 1 we talk to Susanna Mattingly from Friends Worlds Committee for Consultation (the international Quaker body) about what that looks like in different parts of the world. fwcc.world/sustainability
We also talk to Olivia Hanks about the Quakers in Britain take on the climate crisis. To join the mass lobby of parliament on 26 June email Philip Wood email@example.com www.quaker.org.uk/sustainability. Find them on Twitter @EarthEconQuaker or as Quaker faith in action on Facebook.
Subscribe to listen to part 2 'A Quaker Take on climate activism' where we talk to a founder of Extinction Rebellion Jews, hear from young Quakers involved in climate strikes, and some fresh takes on climate justice from lots of different activists.
Or check out the playlist of other climate and economic episodes: https://soundcloud.com/qwitness/sets/earth-and-economy podcast
What's the Quaker position on immigration and why? What are Quakers doing to tackle some of the injustices in the current system?
Asking some of the most common questions, we discuss the Quaker position on immigration with Tatiana Garavito, Jessica Metheringham and Bridget Walker. We talk about why it's not just about refugees and asylum seekers, and how we can all work together to tackle the injustices in the UK's current immigration system.
Further info on Quaker work: http://www.quaker.org.uk/sanctuary and http://www.qarn.org.uk/homepage/
More information about immigration detention: http://detentionforum.org.uk/
Power and privilege toolkit (PDF): http://www.quaker.org.uk/documents/owning-power-and-privilege-2nd-edition-october-2018
Following the UK General Election on 8th June 2017, Ellis speaks to Jessica Metheringham, the Parliamentary Engagement Officer at Quakers in Britain. Jess reports on Quaker action during the campaign on key issues like nuclear disarmament and economic inequality and how to keep these on the agenda. She also reflects on the impact of the Lobbying Act on civil society's voice during the election.
Read more about Quakers and the Lobbying Act on the ACEVO website:
Follow @politicalQuaker and @ScotPolQuaker on Twitter
Land across Lancashire is at risk of fracking, a new form of fossil fuel extraction that is set to threaten the UK’s ability to meet its low carbon commitments. Planning permission has been granted for fracking at Preston New Road in Lancashire, between Blackpool and Preston. Pendle Hill Area Meeting Quakers joined together to organise a meeting for worship for witness against fracking atop Pendle Hill, a historic site for Quakers. The land that can be seen from Pendle Hill is licensed for fracking, or at risk of being so. Jon Martin went along to hear from those who attended the meeting for worship on 6 May.
It’s urgent that we move beyond reliance on fossil fuels. This means campaigning against fracking, and many other types of action too. Sunniva Taylor, Sustainability and Peace Programme Manager, celebrates 19 area meeting fossil fuel divestment commitments and outlines key climate change questions to put to parliamentary candidates before the general election on 8 June. We need their answers – and their actions. For further information about the general elections, and question to ask candidates, go to www.quakervote.org.uk.
A note for listeners: whilst fracking receives government support in England, this issue will be devolved to the Welsh Assembly next year. Listeners in Scotland can take action to uphold and strengthen the Scottish Government’s moratorium on fracking by responding to the official online consultation before 31 May. Find out more at www.quaker.org.uk/fracking.
Twitter: @EarthEconQuaker @QuakerVote
Europe is experiencing the largest number of refugees since World War II. This is bringing attention to a steadily growing global crisis of human displacement, born of war, inequality and environmental degradation. In this episode of Q:Witness, we speak to Tim Gee who is scoping new work on forced migration from Quakers in Britain. We then hear from Sheila Mosley and Bridget Walker who help run the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network (QARN), an independent group that has been working to change the way that asylum seekers are treated since 2007.
www.quaker.org.uk/migration | www.qarn.org.uk
Get involved in exploring the new work by email firstname.lastname@example.org
A transcript can be provided if requested- email email@example.com
Do you want to be a Peaceworker? The Quaker Peaceworker scheme funds one year placements in organisations in Britain working for peace at a national or international level. In this episode we talk to Steve Whiting, who manages the scheme, and to Philip Wood, one of this year’s peaceworkers, placed with Scientists for Global Responsibility. Carefully supported by Steve and a committee of Quakers, the Peaceworkers make a big contribution to the work for peace.
More information at www.quaker.org.uk/jobs | www.quaker.org.uk/peaceworkers
The closing date for receipt of application forms is Tuesday 2 May 2017 (9am). Interviews will be held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 May 2017.
We regret that we are unable to apply on a candidate’s behalf for a UK permit to work in this role.
Hear more about how Mr Meanor wrote Think About It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pCWbfAZYeQ
Image: 2016-17 Peaceworkers
Do Quakers celebrate Christmas? This episode we hear about different Quaker takes on the festive season, discuss why Quakers don't traditionally celebrate Christmas (and how they sometimes do now), and explore ways to approach difficult conversations with family and friends.
Times and seasons: A Quaker reflection on Christmas www.quaker.org.uk/blog/times-and-seasons-a-quaker-reflection-on-christmas
5 ways to disrupt racism: https://youtu.be/Lcd4VXHTR3Y
TOOLKITS FOR ACTION
Having difficult conversations (PDF) www.quaker.org.uk/documents/having-difficult-conversations
Owning power and privilege (PDF) www.quaker.org.uk/documents/owning-power-and-privilege-2nd-edition-october-2018
Ellis Brooks and Elizabeth Payne outline some of the topics coming up on Q:Witness, including fracking, the Quaker Housing Trust, stopping the arms fair and a Quaker response to forced migration. If you can’t wait for these episodes, check out www.quaker.org.uk/qpsw to find out more about the work of Quakers in Britain.
If you have questions about the issues we’ve discussed or those coming up, or perhaps a topic you’d like us to cover, email Ellis on firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon and Elizabeth talk to two Quaker parents, one non-Quaker parent and two people raised by Quakers to find out what the common experiences are.
Quaker Parenting Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/259029634289418/
Resources for Quaker parents: www.quaker.org.uk/children-and-young-people/quaker-parent
Find events for children and young people: www.yqspace.org.uk/find-event
Explore the peace and justice work from the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), an international programme coordinated by the World Council of Churches. EAPPI brings people from around the world to the West Bank to serve for 3 months as human rights monitors. We call them Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs).
Keith Reeves, an EA from Yorkshire, offers eyewitness accounts of Israeli activists striving for a change and of house demolitions in the West Bank. Teresa Parker leads EAPPI in the UK and Ireland and gives an overview of the successes and challenges over its 15 year history.
Find out more:
Take action: tell the UK Government to recognise Palestine: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/174181
House demolition data from UNOCHA: http://www.ochaopt.org/content/protection-civilians-report-18-31-october-2016