Young Quakers explore conflict and militarism
Maddie Orr, present at the Scottish Link weekend held from 6th-8th October 2017, writes:
in Edinburgh Meeting House, the annual Link Weekend was held for young Quakers between the ages of twelve and seventeen. The weekend posed as an opportunity for some young people to catch up with friends they hadn’t seen in a few months since Summer Shindig and for some to see Friends they hadn’t seen in a number of years. The theme of the weekend was ‘Conflict’ and the issue was explored through a talk by Mairi Campbell-Jack, the Quaker Parliamentary Liaison Officer, and Jay Sutherland, a young activist against militarisation in schools. Their talks made way for many discussions about militarism in the UK and worldwide and our own experiences of militarisation. We also discussed the different types of conflict we experience in our lives and what the word really means. After going to Meeting for Worship with Edinburgh meeting, we held our final session in a walled garden in the sun and then parted ways, tired but invigorated to bring what we thought about over the weekend to our daily lives.