Observations of a Mennonite Peace Committee on the Island of Lesbos in September 2020

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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.

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Paris Friends Meeting: calendar for September, October & November

It’s done! The International Quaker Centre (CQI) has now moved out of the rue de Vaugirard. Until we find new premises, Sunday meeting for worship will be held as a mixture of online meetings with the national group by Zoom (on the third Sunday of each month) and worship in person.

Here is the calendar for the next three months:

If you wish to join us for worship by Zoom and don’t have the link and password please write to secretaire@quakersenfrance.com
Please note that these Zoom Meetings begin at 10:30 am.

In September (6, 13 and 27.09) and on 4 October, we will return to 114 bis rue de Vaugirard to hold meeting in real Quaker simplicity – sitting on folding chairs. As usual it will be held from 11am to noon, with tea and coffee served afterwards. We will be zooming with the Quakers in France group on 20 September – the third Sunday of the month.

Starting on October 11th and then on the 25th: the Protestant Mission D.E.F.A.P will be welcoming us in their bright and spacious classroom. Défap is located at 102, Boulevard. Arago, Paris 14ème, métro Denfert-Rochereau. Write to quaker.paris@gmail.com in early October to obtain further details.

On 1, 8, 22 and 29 November we will be at DEFAP. On 15 November worship is by Zoom with other Quakers in France.

Why compassion must be at the heart of our response to Channel crossings

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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….