Our European Grandfather

Charles Danguy

Charles Danguy from France has written this letter to his British friends, as we enter an important week for the United Kingdom and the European Union.

The EU vision – Back to basics

Howard Grace 2004

As we approach the EU referendum, most of the discussion focuses on what would benefit the UK. But what would be best for Europe, or the wider world? Howard Grace considers a European perspective.

Paris November 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?'

My thoughts on Paris

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.

Building bridges

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.

Mercy, not mercilessness, is a value worth defending

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.

Where did we go wrong?

Barbara Down

Like so many of us, I have been horrified by the recent events that have unfolded in France last week', writes Barbara Down. 'Nearly every day we see on our TV screens violent conflict around the rest of the world, but it has now become more evident as a reality here in Europe too. I fear for our future, wondering where we have gone wrong, that has resulted in people who were born and grew up here hating the system and presumably 'us' so much that they are willing to kill and even die for their cause.'

Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye Win Chirac Fondation Award for Conflict Prevention

Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye

Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye have won the Fondation Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention. They have accepted the Prize, which goes to support their work, and will attend to the ceremony on 6 November in Paris, at la Sorbonne. Former President of France Jacques Chirac, Kofi Annan and members of the jury of the Prize will attend.

Heirs of May ’68: Imagination to Power, but What For?

Earlier this year in France, a lot of attention was devoted to the legacy of May 1968, with the media building up expectations of celebration. But there were hardly any celebrations. Why the letdown?