Area Meeting Treasurer's report

Sorry the treasurer’s report I sent yesterday was somewhat scrambled. Hope this one is better.

Peace and justice: anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism

Peace and justice Quaker and Jew Sue Beardon writes about anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in The Friend

Quaker and Jew Sue Beardon, a member of our meeting, has written an opinion piece for Quaker magazine ‘The Friend’, published 9th September.

“I believe as Quakers we should not fall into the easy ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ positions. As Martin Drummond himself says: ‘We were never for you, in that tribal sense. We are for peace, and truth, and justice.’ We have to extend that same attitude to Palestinians, however much we empathise with their plight. Principled impartiality is the stance of EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel) and is very effective.”

See attached for full text.

For more about The Friend, visit
For more about EAPPI, visit:
For more by Sue Beardon, visit
Also from Sue, read: On Being a Jew and A Quaker from ‘Quaker Voices’

Area Meeting Minutes

Here are the minutes from Area Meeting Held yesterday. They will not be printed in Sheffield and Balby News which is a combination of Sheffield and Balby Bulletin and Sheffield Quaker News so this may be your only chance to see them. I have also included the treasurers report which will be in Sheffield and Balby Quaker News.

Peace and Justice - Anti-semitism and Anti-Zionism

Our friend Sue Beardon has written the attached excellent opinion piece for this week’s The Friend.

For The Friend, visit:
For EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel) visit:

Inner Quest: Sun. 18th September after Meeting

Inner Quest is starting again on 18th September, on the third Sunday of the month, after Meeting for Worship from about 12 noon – so you can still get your coffee and chat.

The first session on Sunday 18th September will be part of the Spiritual Review, exploring how we can open up conversations about our experience of caring for one another in the Meeting as a whole.

Sheffield Festival of Debate Autumn programme

An opportunity to engage with fellow citizens of Sheffield on a wide range of topics:

Programme from here:

Meeting for Worship for Business Minutes - September 2016

Attached are the minutes for our September Meeting for Worship for Business, held on Sunday 4th September.

NOTE: Minutes will no longer be printed, except for those who do not have email, so this is now your only source of the minutes.

For reports mentioned in the minutes, see Sheffield Quaker News for August:
Sheffield Quaker News August

Northern Friends Peace Board conference: Darlington, Sept. 24th

Changing the narrative for peace – critical role of the media

A Northern Friends Peace Board conference
Darlington, Saturday 24th September 2016, 11.00am to 5.00pm

See attached flyer with information for a conference on engaging with media on peace concerns, taking place in Darlington on 24th September.
More information at:

-The need to change the narrative and thinking around what we mean by security, peace
and conflict
-The role and opportunities for independent voices and forms of media, and