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Pickering and Hull Area Quaker Meeting
Meeting for Sufferings report
2.12.2016
It was 5 months since I had been to Meeting for Sufferings so it was good to recognise that at last I was beginning to feel at home.
We met in the large Meeting House as we were to be joined by Young Friends who joined us for worship.
The Agenda
• Court and Prison Register
• Routine business – membership, appointments, (nominations tabled and Friends invited to comment to the Clerks over lunch: none received), Reports – BYM trustees, Quaker Council for European Affairs,
• Minutes from other bodies –AMs, central committees.
Court and Prison Register
The trial of Hull LM attender Sam Donaldson, John Lynes of Brighton Meeting and other Friends who were arrested at the No Faith in Trident day of action at Burghfield on Monday 27th June 2106, will take place at Reading magistrates court on 14th – 16th December 2016. They are answering charges of aggravated trespass.
Reports
The Trustees report brought us up to date with the financial position and the 2017 operational plan.
Quaker Council for European Affairs – it was felt that in the light of Brexit the changes recommended, and the addition of an additional Friend appointed by BYM was appropriate.
Book of Discipline Revision Preparation Group – at this stage the group recommends a comprehensive revision of the church government part of Quaker Faith and Practice.
As a result of the excellent take-up of the ‘Reading Quaker Faith and Practice’ project it was decided to allow a further year for this to be completed and commented on.
Area Meeting Minutes
Minutes were received from several Area Meetings (AM), in particular Leeds AM on Quaker- Jewish dialogue.
De-criminalisation of the possession, for personal use, of all drugs
I was aware of feeling at a disadvantage in the discernment on this concern from Cornwall AM as PHAM had not responded. My personal position was well stated by other Friends but we were not in unity as to the way forward. It was felt that more information was needed.
Towards a vision of a criminal justice system
Again there had been no response from PHAM on this paper written by the Crime and Community Justice sub-committee so I felt able only to express my personal view. The paper was accepted and will be finalised and brought back to Meeting for Sufferings in April.
This was a full day much enhanced by the presence of the Young Friends, they brought a sense of joyous life with them.
Chris Fellowes,
Area Meeting representative, 14.12.16

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New call to ban fracking

Quakers are calling for a ban on new and intensive forms of fossil fuel extraction, including fracking for shale gas and oil, and underground coal gasification.

Meeting in London this week, Quakers said, “The UK needs to be investing in efficient and renewable energy, and reducing demand, not in additional fossil fuels. Fracked gas is not the low-carbon solution some suggest that it is and is incompatible with tackling the climate crisis. It is destructive of the environment, land and communities.”

While Quakers around the country will find ways of protesting, on Saturday 6 May, many will climb Pendle Hill in Lancashire to protest against the effects of fracking, both locally and around the world. Quakers are known for worshipping in stillness and they will gather in a meeting for worship for witness.

Fracked gas is not the low-carbon solution some suggest that it is and is incompatible with tackling the climate crisis. It is destructive of the environment, land and communities.

– Meeting for Sufferings February 2017
Pendle Hill is at the centre of an area licensed for fracking. This is also a significant place for Quakers. In 1652, George Fox climbed the hill and had a vision of creating a great movement of people. Weeks later, at Firbank Fell in Cumbria, he preached to one thousand for three hours and, with others, he founded the Quaker Church.

Quakers are motivated by faith to cherish the Earth for future generations and to speak out against climate injustice that causes huge inequalities across the world. In 2011 they made a commitment to take action to become a low-carbon, sustainable community.

Meeting for Sufferings, Quakers’ representative body, also said:

“For some years Quakers in Britain have worked to advocate for climate justice in our central work and meetings. In 2011 we committed to ‘speak truth to power’ on sustainability issues. We have faith that we can tackle climate change and build a more sustainable future, but we know this is only possible if fossil fuels remain underground.

“At this time we are particularly concerned about the expansion of fracking for shale gas. The UK needs to be investing in efficient and renewable energy, and reducing demand, not in additional fossil fuels. Fracked gas is not the low-carbon solution some suggest that it is and is incompatible with tackling the climate crisis. It is destructive of the environment, land and communities.

Quakers call for a ban on new and intensive forms of fossil fuel extraction, known as ‘unconventional’ techniques, including fracking for shale gas and oil, and underground coal gasification.”