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the Friend INDEPENDENT QUAKER JOURNALISM SINCE 1843

CONTENTS – VOL 168 NO 19 3-5 News 3 What change? 4 Nuclear weapons ban backed 5 Conscientious objection to military service affirmed by UN committee 6 Dilemmas of peace Ann Forsyth 7 Pro patria mori Don Hartridge 8-9 Letters 10-13 Time for change 14 An American in Ireland Dorothy Day 15 Arts Faith versus reason in ancient Alexandria Rowena Loverance 16 q-eye: witness 17 Friends & Meetings

Cover image: 10 Downing Street, London. Photo: robertsharp/flickr CC: BY. See pages 10-13. Images on this page: Seaford Peace Garden, a joint project between Seaford Town Council and Seaford Quaker Meeting, was officially opened last weekend. From top, a detail of a sculpture by in the garden; Ralph Taylor (front right) of Seaford Meeting at the opening; view of garden showing the benches whose curves reflect the South Downs designed by Christian Funnell. Christian also designed and constructed the sculpture. Photos: Jenny Wistreich.

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the Friend, 7 May 2010