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A depiction of the Quaker testimonies from the Friends Meeting House in Norwich, Norfolk, UK. Luton Quakers have been discussing the testimonies at our study group on alternate Wednesday evenings. We've already mused on peace and equality and will soon explore the truth testimony.

Image by Leo Reynolds under this creative commons licence

Tar Sands


Annie and I participated in the demo against the visit of the Canadian premier Stephen Harper to the UK.  He was given the great honour of speaking to both the Commons and the House of Lords.

Quaker Peace and Social Witness join with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the World Development Movement and others to campaign against the catastrophic extraction of oil from the Canadian tar sands.

It was important to be there – with about 30 other individuals in total.  Our own government is complicit with the Canadians in trying to undermine the EU Fuel Quality Directive – so that oil extracted at huge environmental cost from the Alberta Tar Sands can be imported into Europe.

The devastation in Alberta will be of an area the size of England, with huge damage to plants, animals, rivers…The rights of First Nation inhabitants have been ignored. James Hansen has said that if this goes ahead it will be “game over” as regards trying to limit climate change (the oil deposits are second only in size to Saudi Arabia’s, and the energy and pollution costs of extracting it are far higher). It is little known that British banks are much involved in financing the development (around 17% of the total according to FOE Scotland, led by RBS, followed by HSBC and Barclays).

Colin Hall

New Books In The Library


John Horan has purchased some new books for our library, many of which were Quaker books of the month. They are:

Rememberance Today – Poppies, Grieg and Heroism by Ted Harrison

This I Warn You In Love – Witness of some early Quaker women by Catie Gill and Elaine Hobby

But Who Do You Say That I am – Quakers and Christ today by Douglas Gwyn

Also available as a general interest fiction book (despite the title this book advocates no violence) is

How I Killed Margaret Thatcher by Anthony Cartwright




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