Nuclear weapons ban treaty
Brighton’s Quaker community, in conjunction with members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, is celebrating the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This becomes international law on 22nd
January and comprehensively prohibits participation in any nuclear weapon activities. Quakers have been campaigning for decades to rid the world of these weapons of mass destruction.
Although the treaty is only binding on the countries (so far 50 of them) that join it, its entry into force will also affect countries, such the UK, which have refused to engage with disarmament. It will help to stigmatise nuclear weapons, and it reflects the breadth of opposition to them across the world.
Brighton’s planned gathering of multi-faith and peace groups in New Road to mark this occasion has had to be put on hold due to Covid restrictions, but Quakers are inviting individuals to reflect privately on this historic step during the day.
More information about the treaty can be found on the Quakers in Britain website.
Pat Norman 1924 – December 2020
- Inspirational member of Brighton’s Quaker Community for more than 60 years
- Some-time principal of the Friends Adult Education Centre here in Ship St
- Co-founder of “Tuesday at Friends”
- Life president of Brighton Housing Trust
A video interview with Pat can be seen here
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Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January 2021
‘Be the Light in the Darkness’
This year we will not be hosting our vigil to remember all the people who have died through genocide around the world.
In the Holocaust, in Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur, Cambodia and other places millions of people have been murdered and others have endured and survived with their lives changed forever.
The national ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day will take place on line and those wishing to attend please register on the home page of the HMD website.
This year’s theme is Be the Light in the Darkness and we are all encouraged to light a candle and place it in a window at 8.00pm on Wednesday January 27th to honour all those who died and those who survived and to express our commitment to a world without genocide.
A candle will be lit in a window at the meeting house that evening.