National Quaker Week
Each year at the beginning of October, British Quakers hold National Quaker Week, when we try to raise the British Quaker profile and explain to the wider public who we are and what we are about (amazing how many people think we wear broad-brim hats and eat porridge, or that Quakers have died out altogether!). Ludlow Quakers have arranged various events over recent years to mark National Quaker Week. Latterly these have been public talks.
2016 We are inviting enquirers to Meeting for Worship on 16 October, to try our manner of worship, experience a warm welcome, and have a relaxed chat about the Quaker way and why we are Quakers.
2015 Ben Griffin, former SAS soldier and founder of Veterans for Peace UK, spoke on The Making of a British Soldier. You can see a video of his talk at https://youtu.be/6tHvtFibhic or http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/2015/video-the-making-of-a-british-soldier/.
You can see another short film about the militarisation of British society by clicking here.
2014 John Lynes, human rights observer in Iraq, discussed Humanitarian Intervention. The Challenge of Isis in Iraq. He spoke of Western powers’ responsibility in the rise of ISIS, and advocated measures to counter radicalisation in our own societies rather than further possibly counter-productive military intervention.
2013 Chris Cole, of Drone Wars UK, talked about the increasing use of armed drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in warfare and the campaign against them (see recently dronewars.net/2015/03/31/think-drones-technology-is-not-really-the-problem-think-again/).
2012 We showed the DVD of the 2012 Quaker Swarthmore Lecture, Pam Lunn’s Only One Earth – Costing not less than everything: sustainability and spirituality in challenging times. It “addresses the unsustainability of the way we all live in the industrialized West, but this is not a counsel of despair or guilt. Realistic and well informed about the evolutionary basis of cooperation as well as the spiritual dimension, Pam Lunn makes an unsentimental argument for the possibility as well as the necessity of community.” We also held a discussion.
In our other event in 2012, a talk Life and Death in Modern Russia, Patricia Cockrell, a Quaker and a Russia specialist, told of her experiences – tribulations as well as triumphs – in setting up a hospice movement in post-Soviet Russia. There was no established hospice tradition in the Soviet Union and what state provision there was disappeared after 1991.