Month: December 2013

  • Letters from Our Readers

    September 29, 2013 Dear BeFriending Creation, Like most Quakers, I take stewardship of the environment seriously. I try to keep my carbon footprint small at home and in my workplace. I recycle, and I call my congressperson when there’s an important vote. Then I…

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  • Business Takeover at the UN

    Mary “the non-prophet” Gilbert, QEW Representative to the UN When you come into a complex phenomenon like the UN it takes time to get a fix on what’s happening. Your perceptions keep changing. It can be hard to tease apart your own new learning from any changes going…

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  • Thanks, Anne!

    Roy Taylor and the Publications Committee When we were all together in Chicago in October, we had a chance to thank Anne Mitchell, our General Secretary, for her time with us. Anne joined us three years ago at a time of transition for this organization. She was able…

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  • Friends Fiduciary Creates a Fossil Free Investment Option

    Great news for Quaker investors! Friends Fiduciary Corporation (FFC) has announced a new Fossil Free Fund. Friends are called to be patterns and examples. Many Friends experience a moral incongruity owning companies that knowingly continue to cause global warming for profit. In a recent…

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  • British Quakers Call for Divestment

    Quakers in Britain took steps on October 8, 2013 to disinvest from companies engaged in extracting fossil fuels. The decision was taken by their Investment Committee, under responsibilities devolved by the Trustees. Quakers say that investing in companies which are engaged in fossil fuel extraction is…

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  • Active Neutrals

    Young Adult Quaker Justin Wright has co-founded an Alternative Dispute Resolution non-profit organization called Active Neutrals, which has now run multiple negotiation trainings for an energized, mobilized, and fast-growing group of fossil fuel divestment activists: college students across the US. Active Neutrals is a group of…

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  • SosteNica: the Sustainable Development Fund of Nicaragua

    The Divest from Fossil Fuel movement is only one part of a larger divestment movement that each of us can join. There are many ways Friends can begin to divest from the old economy: We can develop a “divestment strategy,”work on expanding our “divestment portfolios,” begin to calculate…

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  • Fossil Fuel Divestment and Quaker Witness

    Brian Drayton Fossil fuel divestment is an important new strand in the movement to combat climate change and move our society to a more sustainable and reverent way of life. Whoever is drawn to it should get into it, as soon as they can. Having said that, one…

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  • Minute to Friends Fiduciary Corporation

    Friends Meeting at Cambridge Following is the divestiture minute the Friends Meeting at Cambridge passed in early October of 2013. The minute is to Friends Fiduciary Corporation in Philadelphia where we have meeting funds; at the time of the writing of this minute, FFC had more than 6…

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  • REInvestment at Earlham College

    The Responsible Energy Investment (REInvestment) campaign at Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana, has been working with Earlham’s Socially Responsible Investments Advisory Committee (SRIAC) to develop a screening process for Earlham’s current investments in Coal. We are part of a coalition of over 250 colleges/universities working on fossil fuel…

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  • Speaking Out about Divestment

    The following is a copy of the divestment letter Dover Friends Meeting sent to Vanguard after realizing that a portion of funds invested with the company were being used in support of fossil fuel companies. It is our hope that our letter may serve as an inspiration for…

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  • Dover Friends Meeting Epistle on Divestment

    Dover Friends Meeting Many are the Vanities and Luxuries of the present Age, and in labouring to support a Way of living conformable to the present World, the Departure from that Wisdom that is pure and peaceable, hath been great.  —John Woolman, from “On the Slave…

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  • Green Micro Lending: An Alternative Way to Invest in Renewable Energy

    On the occasion that a Friend questions the sensibility of divesting from fossil fuel investments, I’ve seen a few patterns forming. Some among those who question seem to think that those of us who advocate divestment must, in the alternative, expect that the newly divested funds would then…

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  • A Friend’s-Eye View of Divestment

    Tom Jackson In February 2013, Dover (NH) Friends Meeting divested of its one investment that had direct holdings in fossil fuels. After completing the divestment, we wrote a letter to the fund company telling them why we divested. We also wrote an epistle to Friends, telling them why…

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