In May 2021 QUG held its annual conference online. We had six speakers, all approaching the topic from a different viewpoint. The proceedings are published in two pamphlets: this one and No. 44. Here we have the views of an anthropologist, a Christian, a Muslim and a Zen Buddhist. We hope the two pamphlets together will give the reader a comprehensive account of these challenging ideas.
Peter Varney is an anthropologist who has worked with the Yoruba in Nigeria and the Iban in Borneo. He is a retired Anglican priest and a member of Norwich Local Quaker Meeting. He is on the QUG Committee, with particular responsibility for publications.
Philip Young is a retired priest in the Church of England and helps out at his local church. He is a member of the Franciscan Third Order. He is also a Quaker and a pacifist.
Shaykh Arif Hussain was born in Uganda, but moved to the UK at the age of 8. Shaykh Arif established the Al-Mahdi Institute in Birmingham, an important Shi’i Islamic Seminary. He is Co-director of CIMS (Centre for Intra Muslim Studies) and an active contributor to Interfaith dialogue..
Dr. Murray Corke is a veterinary surgeon, conservationist and advocate for animal welfare. He is a clinical teacher at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge. He is also a Zen Buddhist, promoting the teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh.
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