Monday, 01 February, 2016
John Bond

A million migrants reached Europe last year from the Middle East and Africa, half of them from Syria. A million more are expected this year. This will not stop until peace prevails in Syria and Iraq. People fleeing for their lives do not obey border controls. We Europeans need to do all we can to resolve the conflict. And we need to care for the refugees.

Thursday, 10 December, 2015
La Belle Equipe

A Muslim mother wrote: 'These attackers, they seem to forget we also are French and we stand with all our fellow French citizens against the same front, as well as in our Arabic countries. As a Muslim myself, my suffering is doubled and some time it is silent...Doubled because as a French person I suffer, and because these attackers act in the name of my religion.' Charles Danguy, who lives in Lorraine in the area known as the three borders area (France, Luxembourg and Germany), asks'Where have we gone wrong if so many young French have to go to Syria to find a purpose in life and a decent or meaningful place?'

Monday, 30 November, 2015
La Belle Equippe by Edward Peters

Frédéric Chavanne, who lives in Paris, wonders what will be the consequences on our society that have been traumatized by these events and hopes that they will force us to more unity and a deeper concern for what needs to change in our society and world wide.

Friday, 20 November, 2015
La Belle Equipe

Edward Peters reflects on the recent events in Beirut and Paris. What resonates most deeply for him in the present crisis is the struggle between love and hate, between dignity and demonisation, between humility and arrogance, between responsibility and blame.

Friday, 20 November, 2015
Howard Grace and Musa Aliyu address sixth formers on building bridges

Howard Grace, who has talked alongside a young Nigerian Muslim to 60 Sixth Forms, sent this letter to the Newbury Weekly News on 19 November, wishing to address the alienation between Christians and Muslims. A slightly amended version was also published in the 27 November issue of 'the Friend', which is the national UK Quaker weekly magazine.

Tuesday, 27 October, 2015

What has been the historic role of Britain that has led to the present day tragic situation in Israel/Palestine? This was the theme engaged with by a very mixed group of over 70 people as part of the Thatcham Festival. The mayors of both Thatcham and Newbury were present and both spoke very appreciatively at the end of the evening.

Monday, 26 October, 2015
UK resident Hassan Hassan giving leadership training in Mogadishu

As Europeans oscillate between fear and compassion at the sight of the masses of refugees entering Europe, one thought which probably hasn’t occurred to many, is that among these people are potential rebuilders of their war-torn countries.

Tuesday, 20 October, 2015

Early in October, I joined a day trip to Calais organised by Exile Writers Ink, a human rights charity, based in London. Our group included people born in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iraq and Eritrea. Our aim was to meet refugees from our own countries.

Wednesday, 16 September, 2015
Unity Walk

With refugees pouring into Europe by the tens of thousands, our attitude to this ‘crisis’ may not be everything. But if we don’t unmuddle the thinking in our heads, the consequences could be catastrophic – for them and for us. As Europeans we need to reboot our brains, shedding the notion that these people are a threat, and coming to see them as a gift instead.

Wednesday, 02 September, 2015
Howard Grace

In an era of growing extremism and polarisation Howard Grace reflects on the need to move beyond being trapped in our national, religious, family, and personal mind sets. What might IofC's role be in seeking a uniting narrative.

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