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World War I centenary

Quakers: working for peace on the centenary of World War I

Sketch of a conscientious objector looking through a barred prison window

Resources for remembrance Sunday - 9 November, 2014

Quaker Peace & Social Witness have resources and suggestions for meetings and individual Friends wanting to express their commitment to peace and their opposition to war and militarism on Remembrance Day and the period leading up to it. There is still time to order and wear white poppies and to organise an event at your meeting house or a local war memorial on Remembrance Sunday. We can show respect for the dead, the injured and their families while at the same time affirming our faith and commitment to live in that life and power that takes away the occasion of all war.

The white feather diaries

Our online project serialising the diaries of five young people who lived during, and opposed, World War I.

The white feather diaries sheds light on the hidden stories of those whose bravery saved lives and changed British legislation leading to a wider recognition of the legitimacy of the right to refuse to kill. It offers insight into overlooked aspects of war: resistance to killing and the relief of suffering.

Follow The white feather diaries on Twitter and Facebook to find out more.

Hear Geoffrey Durham, writer, broadcaster and Quaker, announce the characters [new window - MP3 audio] of The white feather diaries as part of the launch event of Quakers in Britain four-year World War I centenary project.

Join in

Our interactive map includes Quaker events and exhibitions from all around Britain that tell the stories of Quaker involvement in, and resistance to, the War. You or your Quaker meeting can upload events to the map. You can also follow the links to other similar organisations to find out what they are planning.A sketch of ambulance workers and a wounded soldier in 1914

A downloadable version of “Witnessing for peace on the centenary of World War I: a resource pack for Quaker Meetings” is now available. It contains resources for your meeting, your children’s meeting and for working with other groups marking the centenary, including a newspaper, peace education resources and postcards. To order a free hard copy, please email the Quaker Centre or telephone 020 7663 1030, giving your name, postal address and name of your Quaker Meeting.

Read about the archival resources in the Friends House Library on the Quaker Strongrooms blog.

Quaker Peace & Social Witness has produced two new resources for peace education: Conscience (primary school-focused) [PDF - new window] and Conviction (secondary school-focused) [PDF - new window].