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The Artform of Peace Building

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A really wonderful article on peace building with many mentions of Quakers and familiar Quaker and Quaker adjacent names like Diana and John Lampen, Duncan Morrow and Paul Hutchinson

https://aeon.co/essays/peacebuilding-is-an-artform-crafted-by-divided-peoples

Prof John Paul Lederach in conversation with Dr Gladys Ganiel



Reflecting on peacebuilding, conflict resolution and reconciliation

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University hosts Professor John Paul Lederach of the University of Notre Dame (USA) ‘In Conversation’ via Zoom with Dr Gladys Ganiel (QUB). Lederach, an internationally acclaimed expert in conflict transformation, will reflect on the most significant advances in conflict transformation over the course of his career; his own research and practice; religion and reconciliation; and the prospects for peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and further afield. Ganiel’s research specialises in religion, conflict and reconciliation.

This is an event related to the 4 Corners Festival organised in partnership with the Senator George J Mitchell Institute, QUB.

In Memory of Joan Huddleston

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Today would have been Joan Huddleston's 80th birthday. Joan was one of the original co-founders of this website and worked tirelessly to produce material for it and provide guidance and support to the rest of the website team. One of the aspects of the site that Joan took full responsibility for was sourcing materials for the Musings from a Quaker Bonnet section. The series ran for 77 months, so there is a wealth of material from the old version of the site that we plan to gradually move to the new site, and no better time to start that than on Joan's Birthday. Joan would have often ministered in Meeting for Worship on the subject of peace, which was a testimony very close to her heart. If feels appropriate for this reason to start with the following Musing.

Peace begins within ourselves. It is to be implemented within the family, in our meetings, in our work and leisure, in our localities and internationally. The task will never be done. Peace is a progress to be engaged in, not a goal to be reached.

Sydney Bailey

How Much Are We Spending On The Military?

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For further details on the content of this info-graphic go to
https://howmuch.net/articles/the-worlds-military-spending

War School Screening @ The Meeting House

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War School is a film about the battle for the hearts and minds of Britain’s children. 
 
Set against the backdrop of Remembrance the controversial and challenging documentary reveals how, faced with unprecedented opposition to its wars, the British government is using a series of new and targeted strategies to promote support for the military. Armed Forces Day, Uniform to Work Day, Camo Day, National Heroes Day - in the streets, on television, on the web, at sports events, in schools, advertising and fashion – the military presence in civilian life is on the march. The public and ever younger children are being groomed to collude in the increasing militarisation of UK society.  
 
Interweaving the powerful and moving testimonies of veterans of Britain’s unbroken century of wars with expert commentary, archive and a redolent score, War School’s mosaic of sound and imagery evokes the story of the child soldier who becomes a peace campaigner, challenging the myth of Britain's benign role in world affairs and asking if perpetual war is really what we want for future generations? 

http://powprods.com/ws.html

Tea and Coffee served from 7:00pm Movie starts at 7:30pm

Campaign Against Arms Trade

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Dear friend,

WE HAVE BIG NEWS. THIS THURSDAY AT 10AM, A VERDICT IS DUE TO BE ANNOUNCED ON OUR APPEAL AGAINST THE SALE OF ARMS TO SAUDI ARABIA.

UK policy clearly states the government must deny licences if there is a ‘clear risk’ arms ‘might’ be used in ‘a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law’. In spite of hundreds of alleged breaches of International Humanitarian Law, the government has supplied more than £5 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia since the conflict in Yemen began.

We feel hopeful that the Court of Appeal will agree these sales were in fact unlawful. Whatever the result, the worlds media will be watching, and we must use this moment to force change. Government must follow their own rules on arms sales, or rip them up and start again, because theyre not worth the paper theyre written on.

JOIN US AS THE NEWS BREAKS ON THURSDAY MORNING AT 10AM

Follow us on Twitter (https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=3645&qid=1812553 or Facebook (https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=3646&qid=1812553 , or if you can, come down to the Royal Courts of Justice on and be one of the first to know the result.

WHERE: OUTSIDE THE ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE (https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=3647&qid=1812553 , STRAND, LONDON, WC2A 2LL. NEAREST TUBE/RAIL: TEMPLE, BLACKFRIARS, HOLBORN.

If you cant follow the news on Thursday, well let you know the result by email as soon as we can.

Whichever way this goes, I want to take this moment to thank you for all that you've done over the last four years as we've fought this legal battle together, for every email you've written or donation you've made. Without your support, this work simply couldn't happen.

https://crm.caat.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=3638&qid=1812553

In solidarity

Caroline
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