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30 May 2008


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What will Quakers of the early 21st century be remembered for?
During a session titled 'Being the Seeds of Change' at this year's Britain Yearly Meeting, the Meeting discussed our ability to change, expressing concerns of being 'too young' or 'too old' and were reminded by the Transitional Group of 19-25 year olds that Quakers must 'work together across all ages to implement change'

  • The Society has been reminded of its history of making great changes and taking a stand
  • The abolition of slavery and the Friends Ambulance Unit immediately spring to mind
  • But we cannot ride on the back of our past successes forever if we wish to remain a powerful force for change in the twenty-first century
  • Yearly Meeting was challenged to make similar changes and take similar stands today, but a suitable cause to stand behind seemed an elusive target for Friends
  • The prohibition of alcohol and abolition of incarceration were both issues raised, but are these the pressing issues of our times?

    Edward Blann & Janice Johnson

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