As Quakers we believe that faith is expressed through action. Quakers and Quaker meetings live out this belief in their communities. We share these stories here.
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A memorial and a catalyst: creating Pity of War
Jan Arriens describes how one Quaker's concern for civilians affected by war has resulted in a new charity launching on Hiroshima Day 2020.
After the arms fair: a Quaker reflects on conscience, arrest and privilege
Bradford Quaker Rosie Horsley joined a day of faith-led action outside one of the world's biggest arms fairs. Here she shares what happened next.
Hosting an open-house peace event during Armed Forces Day
In 2019, Salisbury city hosted a three-day celebration of all things military. Kathrine Sealey shares how local Quakers provided a peaceful counterpoint.
Spiritual preparations for stopping an arms fair
Sam Donaldson, a Quaker and seasoned anti-arms trade activist, calls on Quakers across Britain to 'let us see what love can do!' ahead of the DSEI arms fair.
Nailsworth Quaker Meeting create a community peace garden
Rebecca Stapleford, Warden for Nailsworth Quaker Meeting, shares the story behind Nailsworth Quaker Meeting's new Peace Garden.
Helping schools develop restorative practices
Vanessa Young, a member of Blue Idol Area Meeting, works with schools to help teachers create a restorative environment where conflicts are resolved peacefully.
Putting peace on the careers agenda
When Gill Alcock realised her daughter's school was hosting military themed activities, she started looking for opportunities to promote peace
Exposing the arms expo
Quakers joined others to oppose the Defence and Security Expo in Hereford. Every delegate received a lily with a message of peace attached.
Leicester weekly peace vigil
Leicester Quakers maintained a weekly peace vigil for 40 years, holding fruitful conversations with passers-by.
Laying a wreath for remembrance
Stevenage Quakers worked with their Mayor and British Legion branch to lay a wreath of red and white poppies at the local Remembrance Sunday service.
Nonviolent change in Rwanda
In a Turning the Tide group in Rwanda, one woman shares her story of personal transformation.
Poppies at Cavell memorial
Children from Inverness Local Meeting leave a wreath at the memorial to Edith Cavell every year.
Direct action against nuclear weapons at AWE Burghfield
Sam Donaldson joined Quakers and others to close down AWE Burghfield, the nuclear bomb factory outside Reading.
Conscientious objection past and present
Bath Quakers held an exhibition, a talk and a play to raise awareness of conscientious objection to challenge the veneration of war.
DIY gun amnesty
Keighley, West Yorkshire
When the McConnell family returned to Britain from a country affected by real war, they found a creative response to the children's attraction to toy guns.
My daughter’s conscientious objection
A Quaker parent, and school governor, reflects on a painful struggle challenging militarism at their daughter's primary school.
Challenging media bias on militarisation
Four Quakers questioned the uncritical depiction of militarism in a BBC Radio 4 piece about the expansion of cadet forces in state schools.
Mourning victims of war in Inverness
Quakers in Inverness take part in a monthly public vigil to mourn all victims of war and conflict.
Peace is the best medicine
How medical professionals worked together to raise the alarm about nuclear weapons
Vigil against renewal of Trident
Bury St Edmunds, UK
Bury St Edmunds Quaker Meeting carried out a silent vigil to protest against the possible replacement of Britain's Trident nuclear missiles.
Stop the arms fair: Doing it for Hilly
When Anna Botwright of Thirsk Quaker Meeting joined the 'Stop the Arms Fair' demonstration in 2015, her thoughts were with her daughter.
Witnessing for peace on Armed Forces Day 2015
When Armed Forces Day came to town, John Morris and other Guildford Friends wanted to challenge it.
An Over the Top performance highlights military influence in schools
Lynn and David Morris are Quakers and actors. They produced 'Over the Top', a play highlighting the militarisation of schools and the strong passions it can provoke.
Opposing drills in a primary school
Nicola Havercroft of Sidcot Meeting challenged the unquestioned involvement of the military in her daughter's primary school.
Wheel Stop Trident
A group of young Quakers formed Wheel Stop Trident in early 2015. They use their bikes to protest the renewal of Trident – Britain's nuclear weapons system.
Creating the Teach Peace Pack
A Quaker shares what inspired her to push for the creation of a pack of peace education resources.
The courage of our convictions
South East Scotland Quakers stand for peace on Armed Forces Day 2015 as part of their concern about increasing militarisation of society.
Peace Hub – Quaker Peace & Justice Centre
In November 2014 Central England Quakers launched Peace Hub in Birmingham. It seeks to be a centre to engage people with peace and justice work.