Quaker faith in action

Download to print and share
September 2021

Dear Friend,

I hope this email finds you well.

As I'm sure is the case with many, we felt a great sadness watching the events unfold in Afghanistan with the end of the UK's military intervention and the military takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban. This is a tragic culmination of a long series of military conflicts that has afflicted the country for decades, which have been exacerbated, prolonged or caused by foreign intervention by governments such as the UK.

Quakers in Britain call on the UK government to recognise it's responsibility and role in this crisis but also it's moral obligation to the people of Afghanistan. The UK's promise to provide visas for Afghan nationals working with British officials is positive but the responsibility does not end there and, as many Quakers will be well aware, the impacts of the governments 'hostile environment' make it so difficult for those seeking refuge. 

''Current UK policy means that many migrants have no choice but to risk their lives on dangerous journeys to Britain and face hardship and a hostile environment when they arrive," said Paul Parker, Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain. “This will be made worse by proposals in the Nationality and Borders Bill currently going through parliament. Now is not the time to harden our hearts to vulnerable people forced to flee their homes. Instead we need to change our approach to one that emphasises our common humanity."

This month also brings the one of the world's largest arms fairs to the docklands in East London. Read on to find out what Quakers are doing to challenge it, find out more news from QPSW, resources from the economics and sustainability programme, courses from our Peace education team, a blog article discussing what meaningful solidarity looks like, and much more.

In Friendship, 

Philip Wood

Quaker Peace & Social Witness

Featured Item

Take action against the arms fair

The DSEI, one of the worlds largest international arms fairs is due to take place this September in East London. Quakers in Britain are working with Pax Christi and Quaker Roots to organise a silent, multi faith, candle-lit vigil for all ages on 13 September, in solidarity with victims of the arms trade.

Quaker Roots is holding preparation briefing sessions on Monday 13 September at Friends House in London. It's also planning a meeting for worship on the first day of DSEI and a walking vigil to the HQs of arms companies in London. See below for more details or, for the latest details, see the Stop the Arms Fair website or sign up to email updates from Quaker Roots.

Upcoming events

13 - 15 September : Actions against the arms fair

Quakers in Britain are working with Pax Christi and Quaker Roots to support a number of actions against the arms fair. These include a peace vigil on the evening of Monday 13, a Meeting for Worship on the first day of DSEI and Walking vigil to arms company HQs in London. For more information on any of the below please contact Quaker Roots or Quaker in Britain peace and disarmament manager Daniel Jakopovich.

DSEI In-person briefing - Organised by Quaker Roots
13 September at 11:30am and 2:00pm
Location: Friends House, Euston
Read more

DSEI Peace Vigil - Organised by Pax Christi, QPSW & Quaker Roots
13 September at 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Excel Centre - Meet: 6.15pm (young people), everyone else 6.30pm, South side of Royal Victoria DLR station, by the roundabout on Seagull Lane
Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

Meeting for Worship on first day of DSEI - organised by Quaker Roots
14 September at 9.00am and 2:00 pm
Location: Excel Centre, Crystal building, Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock. Meeting outside the Crystal building and then walking to a space where we can witness together.
Walking vigil to arms company HQs in London - organised by Quaker Roots
15 September at 11.00am
Location: Meet in the Friends House Garden, Euston

18 October - 28 November : Introduction to Peace Education

The peace education team at Quakers in Britain, are running a six-week week course in collaboration with Woodbrooke. The course will explore the theory and practice of peace education. 

"Peace education develops the skills, understanding, culture and systems we all need to be peace builders. It is multi-layered, from the personal to the global. It’s not only about alternatives violence, but how we transform injustice. Whether you work with children or adults, with formal or informal education, the course offers a wealth of ideas, skills and practical approaches." Find out more on Woodbrooke's website.

19 October : Spiritual Preparation for COP 26

2021 will see the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 26, come to Glasgow. In preparation and to build a community of witness Quakers in Britain and Woodbrooke invite you to come together in community with others to reflect on what we can do and to nurture our spiritual resilience and resistance to climate breakdown. These sessions will be monthly and you are invited to attend as many or as few as you are able. Read more

Take Action

Quakers and the UN climate talks - how do we seize this moment?

Our Economics and Sustainability team have been working with Quakers around the country to give workshops to those who are curious about COP26 and wondering how to take action. 

A recording from one of these sessions is now available on our YouTube channel. Watch the short presentation above to find out what Quakers are doing and how you can get involved. 

News & views

Not zero: why we should be wary of ‘net zero’ climate targets

"As the UK was hosting its 'Climate Ambition Summit' last December, the COP26 Coalition projected a message on to the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, where the UN climate talks will be held. The message read "Net Zero 2050? Your Climate 'Ambition' Is A Death Sentence"."

Olivia Hanks, our Economics and Sustainailbty programme manager, discusses why carbon emission targets need to move on from 'net zero'. Read more

Quakers make commitments on racism, gender diversity and climate justice

"Quakers in Britain concluded their three-week festival of faith and fellowship. At the end of their Yearly Meeting, their governing body, Quakers declared "We have pledged ourselves to continue to be a gentle, angry people who dare to live for truth and justice in a time of crisis."  Read more.

Everyday solidarity: love in action

Lisa Cummings, Quakers in Britain Turning the Tide Programme Manager, writes that in the light of upcoming legislation and other ongoing events, showing solidarity is needed more than ever. Lisa reflects on what makes that meaningful.

"Solidarity has been on my mind.

The word solidarity has a rich history that dates back to Roman times and laws. For me it conjures thoughts, feelings, and actions that are rooted in mutuality, cooperation, and a sense of love or care for one another." Read more

Take action to help end the occupation

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) UK & Ireland, which is managed by Quakers in Britain has just launched a new online action centre.

Learn about life in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, read the latest eyewitness stories from the ground. Most importantly, take meaningful action to help end the occupation. Check it out at

Thanks for reading! 
Quaker Faith in Action newsletter is sent out at the end of each month. News and comment can be found on the Quakers in Britain blog:

If you would like to send news, some feedback, or update your contact details, please email
QPSW staff tweet updates about:
Disarmament and peace: @DisarmQuaker
Peace education: @PeaceEduQuaker
Economic and climate justice: @EarthEconQuaker
Peacebuilding in East Africa: @QPSWAfrica
Turning the Tide: @TTTideUK

For eyewitness reports from Palestine and Israel, subscribe to the EAPPI UK & Ireland newsletter
For peace education news, subscribe to our Peace Education Cluster
For a weekly round-up of news from Quakers in Britain, subscribe to Quake!
Quaker Faith in Action
Copyright © 2021 Britain Yearly Meeting, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.