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We are a peace church with a particular history and authority borne by 350 years of upholding our Peace Testimony.

Training in progressWe take action to oppose war, support peacemakers and challenge the root causes of violence and insecurity. We stand with people who are affected by violence, bear witness to injustice, and work with national governments and international bodies.

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is run by Quakers on behalf of the World Council of Churches. Ecumenical accompaniers (EAs) witness and provide nonviolent protection to Palestinians living under the occupation, and stand in solidarity with Israeli peace groups. In 2009 we increased the number of EAs from 13 to 20, and EAs and EAPPI staff redoubled their advocacy efforts.

In 2009:

  • we remained committed to the peace and reconciliation process in Nagaland, sending teams to act as facilitators and encouragers at three peace summits: the first time representatives of all the armed political groups in the region had met face to face
  • we placed two new peaceworkers to work alongside the American Friends Service Committee in Burundi as part of our Quaker Peaceworker scheme
  • we drew our Dealing with the Past programme in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia to a planned end in February, and funded a concluding event in Istria
  • we co-launched a new initiative with the British American Security Information Council to help Quakers to engage more effectively with decision-makers on nuclear disarmament in preparation for the 2010 Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference
  • we recruited, trained and seconded four new peaceworkers to work with smaller peace organisations to strengthen the UK peace movement
  • the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva played a central role in building civil-society support for the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, using electronic resources to link experts and civil society
  • we conducted a three-month exploration into new ways of working with peace activists in the Great Lakes region of Africa in preparation for new work there in 2010 (pictured above)

“The Quakers and Friends House stand for so much of what the UN is also all about… trying to secure and safeguard and expand peace among nations.”

Olav Kjørven, UN Assistant Secretary-General, speaking at the “Many Heavens, One Earth” event at Friends House in November 2009