Our website aims to give recent news about Quakerism in and around Paris, links to Quaker sites elsewhere in France and the wider world, as well as practical info on how to make contact and take part in our Meetings for Worship, including special arrangements during the current pandemic.
The 2021 gathering of French Yearly Meeting will take place from the evening of October 29 to the morning of November 1 in Martillac, near Bordeaux.
This year’s theme is: “taking action in order to advance our Quaker aims and convictions.”
More info (in French) on the national “Quakers in France” website.
On September 13, Quakers in Britain and other peace groups are holding a London vigil to mark the start of an arms fair being held in London. Meanwhile, a group of artists are holding a special show to mark their opposition to the trade in death. More info at:
British Friends held their Yearly Meeting from July 19 to August 8. Due to the pandemic, the gathering was held online.
Key documents are available on the www.quaker.org.uk website. Direct link: “Quakers make commitments on racism, gender diversity and climate justice.”
Just back from the Friends’ World Committee for Consultation, Europe and Middle East Section (FWCC-EMES), a Friend from the western French city of Nantes provides an overview of the various Quaker structures in our region.
This year has been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We mourn the significant loss of life that that has resulted from the pandemic, as well as the separation, loneliness and other consequences it has had. The lockdowns and social distancing required to control the spread of the virus are having significant economic consequences, forcing radical shifts Continue reading
Report live from Lesbos from the Mennonite Peace Committee study group (*)
A small group of the German Mennonite Peace Committee was present on the island of Lesbos from September 11-19, 2020. Until the last minute there was no certainty that this trip could take place. So we are happy that we were able to undertake this adventure, even though much of what we saw and experienced was deeply disturbing.
Over the last few months, hundreds of fragile and overloaded boats have made the perilous Channel crossing in search of a refuge. For many of the men, women and children on board, this is the last leg of a dangerous journey that has taken them months or even years… The government has described these arrivals as “invaders” as if they came to fight a war rather than to find refuge. The response chosen was a military one, READ MORE….
The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) launches its new blog in French called Passerelles. Aimed at a French-speaking audience, Passerelles “will publish radical reflections on human rights in Europe from a diverse range of contributors”. Another way of working for peace, justice and equality in Europe.
Link to QCEA’s blog: Passerelles