THIS MONTH'S CHARITY
Ramallah Friends School
As a non-profit institution, Ramallah Friends School relies on charitable contributions to fund our student financial aid program, teacher salaries, educational projects, and the maintenance of school facilities. Without this support, we would simply not be able to meet budgetary demands or alleviate growing financial insecurities. Dependence on the donor community is high as a result of economic constraints on parents dealing with military occupation and an ongoing economic crisis.
Your help will make a positive difference in the lives of Palestinian students by keeping educational opportunities at the Friends School available to all. Since 1869, the Ramallah Friends School has been serving the Palestinian community by providing high academic standards, while advocating key Quaker principals of tolerance, diversity, and respect. We believe that no child should be denied access to education due to an inability to pay.
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Your contributions will be used where most needed, unless otherwise requested.
ADVICES & QUERIES
Each week an Advice & Query will be posted here
Since 1682 it has been our practice to ask "How the Truth has prospered amongst them (Quakers) since the last yearly meeting, and how Friends are in peace and unity?"
That question has evolved into our 42 Advices and Queries. Each month one is chosen to be read to the Meeting for those present to reflect on. Periodically they are revised in the light of contemporary experience.
During this time of abeyance of our weekly Meeting Advices and Queries will be posted here. Please take time to read and consider how they bear on your life.
Advices & Queries No. 14
Are your meetings for church affairs held in a spirit of worship and in dependence on the guidance of God? Remember that we do not seek a majority decision nor even consensus. As we wait patiently for divine guidance our experience is that the right way will open and we shall be led into unity.
QUAKER PEACE & SOCIAL WITNESS
Quakers in Action
Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) is the central peace and service department of British Friends, and represents them at national level on issues of peace and social justice. It facilitates dialogue to build greater understanding of these issues, and disseminates outcomes and ideas. QPSW works with Quaker and other partners to put this understanding into action on a variety of projects within Britain and around the world. It gives considerable support to QUNO Geneva. QPSW's is in addition to the varied work done by our Local and Area Meetings. A Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Quakers in 1947.
Areas of Current Work
Criminal justice: support for prison chaplains, and for restorative justice.
Economic justice and inequality reduction: conferences, discussion papers, Earth and Economy journal, campaigning
Environment and sustainability: sustainability toolkit, follow up to ‘Minute 36’ (BYM's 2011 commitment to becoming a low-carbon sustainable community), campaigning
Nonviolence: Turning the Tide, Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.
Peace education: support for contact between local Friends and schools
Peaceworkers: one-year placements in the UK and abroad
Public issues: submissions to government consultation papers and/or briefings for Friends on issues of the day, such as the renewal of nuclear weapons, economic inequality, climate change, young people in the military, asylum seekers and refugees.
Peace-building in East Africa, in partnership with the Quaker Peace Network.
Peace-building in South Asia, in partnership with NGOs in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
QUNO Geneva: funding, governance, and a Geneva summer school for young adults.
Relief grants: grants for higher education.