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Quaker Peace and Social Witness Spring Conference

18 Apr

The weekend before last Ellie and I attended the annual Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) Spring Conference in sunny Swanwick, Derbyshire. QPSW works on behalf of Quakers in Britain, running a wide variety of programmes from Peace Education to the Ecumenical Accompaniment programme in Palestine/Israel (EAPPI), as well as the scheme for our fellow Peaceworkers.[1]

QUNO receives a lot of practical, financial and moral support from QPSW and Quakers in Britain and thus it was an extremely useful opportunity to give an overview of our work to Quakers who were, on the whole, relatively new to Quakerism. I have found that working at the international level means that it is all too easy to feel far removed, not only from the groups that we are researching and writing about (such as the children of prisoners) but also from the concerns and activities of individual Friends. We have returned from this conference inspired by those we met: their interest, enthusiasm, support, challenges and suggestions, and filled with motivation to continue this valuable work.

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Ellie and Haifa at the ‘meet the staff’ session at the QPSW Spring Conference

 

[1] For more on the work of QPSW see http://www.quaker.org.uk

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