Our Peace and Social Witness group has been working with Dorking Museum for their WWI exhibition, opening in September 2015. We have helped to illustrate what service local Quakers offered when they were unwilling to fight and kill. See fau.quaker.org.uk for information on the Friends Ambulance Unit, and access to the records of those serving, eg the brothers Albert Henry and Harold Joseph Fardon. See www.quakersintheworld.org/quakers-in-action/300 for information on the Friends War Victims Relief Service. The local doctor John Rickman served with them in Russia, and later became a leading light in the emerging world of psychoanalysis.
Fellowship of Reconciliation, Pax Christi, Peace Pledge Union, Quaker Peace & Social Witness, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom have published a briefing about those who opposed World War 1 – did you know that 80 conscientious objectors died?
International Day of Peace – 21st September
In previous years we have been pleased to support the admirable work of Peace One Day. This is a charity determined to ensure that the international day of peace makes a difference to people’s lives, and becomes well known and established across the world.
At a personal level their question is “Who will you make peace with?”
White poppies are available from The Peace Pledge Union and we will be selling them. As they say “The white poppy is a symbol of grief for everyone harmed by war but, more importantly, it represents a commitment to work for a world where conflicts will be resolved without violence and with justice”.