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Welcome to 2020, Friends. At this time of change, the world needs all the love and truth it can get. We look forward to another year of exploring and sharing our leadings through the arts, including in seeking peace, justice, beauty and a lower-carbon year in 2020. Check out the latest QAN  newsletter.  Our earlier newsletters are  here.

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Congratulations to Dorothy Jerrome whose poem about the shrill carder bee (written at Lucy Aprhamor’s Swarthmoor workshop in July) has just won first prize in a competition held by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust . Here it is: In the twinkling of an eye She darts from purple lavender to mint High pitched buzz of the

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The Loving Earth Project, which started as a community textile project at the Seeking Routes exhibition at Swarthmoor Hall this summer, is now growing. The project aims to help people engage with the  climate crisis through creative activities, reflection, research and in other ways, motivated and empowered by love. The textile project continues; panels should be

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A series of varied events to accompany the Seeking Routes  art exhibition at Swarthmoor Hall  has now been published. It includes poetry, songs, lectures and workshops – all open to the public. On the opening afternoon, Saturday 20th July, workshops on a theme of Fragile Abundance are being offered by members of Quaker Arts Network. They include

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The LOVING EARTH PROJECT is is a new community aiming  to help people engage with the challenging issues of climate break-down, using arts and crafts, especially a community textile project, motivated by love. It may also help us mourn past or future losses. More information is at lovingearth-project.uk  The project was started by Friends but

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John Lampen has been researching the history of Quakers and music-making, and published a chapter about this in his recent book Quaker Roots and Branches . He wonders whether there is more that could be done to support Quaker composers and publicise their music. John writes: British Quakers gave up their resistance to music long ago.

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The Penn Club in Bloomsbury has been providing a quiet Quaker presence, offering a warm welcome and friendly hospitality, for nearly 100 years. To celebrate our Centenary in 2020 we want to commission a piece of art which expresses the spirit and meaning of the place. We anticipate there also being reference to the Club’s origin as a

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