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:
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.
The fifth Peace University gathering at the “Cité Universitaire” student complex in southern Paris will focus on the world climate crisis and actions that need to be taken immediately to fight global warming and bring about unprecedented change to all aspects of society.
Among the six round-table gatherings and lectures planned, the one being held on in the evening of Tuesday April 9 at the Argentinian residence will focus on an interfaith approach. Continue reading
Our Friend Freddy Mulongo has long been fighting for freedom, peace and human rights for his country of origin, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Along with other members of the Congolese exile community in France, he has notably denounced the widespread sexual crimes committed against women in the war-torn country. On December 10th, that work bore fruit with the award of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to the Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, for his work treating women victims of rape and other forms of torture. Freddy Mulongo was at the award ceremony, as both a journalist and a peace activist.
A new book by Frédéric Anquetil tells the story of Annette Monod Leiris, a Quaker who was practically the only person able to help the thousands of Jews who were rounded up by the French Vichy authorities in July 1942, and detained in horrific conditions in a Parisian cycling stadium before being deported to the death camps.
Annette, whose role during the infamous “Vél d’Hiv” round-up is also shown in the 2010 French film “La Rafle“, went on after the war to work tirelessly for prisoners, and also helped set up the Association of Christians for the Abolition of Torture, or ACAT, which is still going strong today.
Frédéric Anquetil will be at the International Quaker Centre in Paris at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 3, 2019 to give a talk about his book, “L’ange du Vél d’Hiv” (The Angel of the Vel d’Hiv round-up).
French Quakers held their 92nd National Assembly, or Yearly Meeting, from Saturday, October 27 to Tuesday, October 30 2018 in Paris
This year’s theme was “Despair and Confidence: Quaker Responses in this Time of Troubles”
Keynote speakers were Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead at the Quaker Council for European Affairs in Brussels, and Paul Parker, “Recording Clerk” of British Yearly Meeting.
More info (in French) on the “Quakers in France” site