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the Friend

Vol 166 No 29

CONTENTS

3-5 Quaker charity leads the way in tackling financial exclusion

4 FUM looks to peacemaking to avoid gay issues

5 Scottish government says no to Circles

6 Challenging consumerism Judith Moran

7 Comment Mary Barnes and Ann Frost

8-9 Letters

10 The power of microcredit Jennifer Kavanagh Tackling financial exclusion Esther de Jong

12 A house of cards Judy Kirby

13 A selfish gene? Edward Mackay

14 The Other Side: With Friends like these Oliver Robertson

15 Is there a gap? Stephen Cox

16 q-eye: a wry look at the Quaker world

17 Friends & Meetings

This week we take a close look at finance issues with news on page 3, followed by Judith Moran and Edward Mackay of Quaker Social Action on pages 6 and 13. Jennifer Kavanagh writes on page 10, Esther de Jong on page 11 and Judy Kirby on page 12.

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18 July 2008

Cover: Cover: Point to the light. People use the light in different ways to tackle exclusion. Photo: Gaetan Lee/flickr CC:BY See pages 3, 6, and 10-13

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