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the Friend INDEPENDENT QUAKER JOURNALISM SINCE 1843

CONTENTS – VOL 168 NO 7 3 BAE Systems: let off the hook? 4 Government arms strategy queried by Quakers 5 ‘Bequeathed to one another’ from Belfast to Hillsborough via St Andrews Janet Quilley 6 The language of the Bible and its use

Eva Pinthus 7 Comment

Nick Bagnall and Symon Hill 8-9 Letters 10-11 Same-sex marriage

Sylvia Hilken 12-13 TS Eliot Poetry Prize 12 Dancing with the Spirit

Rowena Loverance 13 The Water Table

Peter Bennet 14-15 Gaza convoy diary

Monica Jones 16 q-eye: witness: Linda Murgatroyd wins

The Friends Quarterly essay competition 17 Friends & Meetings

Cover image: Bristol’s truck parked ‘stuck’ in an Egyptian parking lot waiting for clearance. Photo: Monica Jones. See pages 14-15. Images on this page: Monica Jones meets members of the Gaza Baptist Church and delivers a message from Bristol Quakers. See pages 14-15. Below: ‘Let’s sweep it under the carpet.’ at the BAE Systems AGM. Photo courtesy CAAT. See page 3.

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