QCEA organises biennial weekend conferences together with Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) of Britain Yearly Meeting. Our conferences are intended to stimulate discussion of European issues raised by our advocacy.

2015 Conference: Castle or community? Quakers’ role in building the new Europe.

Download the application form with payment details for Euros here, and for Sterling here.

4-6 December 2015, Brussels. Chant d’Oiseau Conference Centre, Brussels, Belgium

Friends from all over Europe are invited to gather in Brussels and reflect on what kind of Europe we want and how we can work together to build the Europe we want, as Friends? We will also consider how Quaker values and processes can contribute to effective advocacy and how our witness informs our advocacy and affects European policy?

This conference will give Friends:

  • the opportunity to explore our vision for Europe, our hopes and fears, and our current concerns. Above all, we will have the opportunity to connect with and build community with Friends from all over Europe Facilitated discussions by a team of Quaker facilitators
  • the chance to hear a keynote speaker on the witness and advocacy work of QCEA and from a Friend working within one of the European institutions
  • a choice of workshops and discussion groups to learn more about the work of QCEA and QPSW.

Cost: £ 160 (€195) per person (including registration, meals and accommodation; excludes travel)

Application Deadline: 30 September 2015.

Please note that filling in an application form does not guarantee you a place, and as such you may wish to delay payment until your place is confirmed.

Dowload the application form with payment details for Euros here, and for Sterling here.

2013 Conference: Europe and Economic Justice – Guaranteeing a fair share

What are the causes and consequences of the European economic crisis? What alternatives are there to austerity? How can we, as Quakers, contribute to the building of a just and sustainable economy which meets human needs without destroying the planet?


Trevor Evans is professor of economics at the Berlin School of Economics and a member of the coordinating committee of the European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe (EuroMemo Group). Click here to see Trevor’s slides from his presentation (pdf).

Judith Kirton-Darling is Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation and a member of Brussels Quaker Meeting. Click here to read Judith’s presentation (pdf).

The December 2013 / January 2014 issue of Around Europe contains summaries of both keynote presentations. Click here to read them and here to support QCEA by subscribing to Around Europe.


Please click on the name of the workshop facilitator below to access their presentations, and other related documents from the conference (all pdf):

Gill Westcott

Steve Mandel (for his handout click here)

Rebecca Gumbrell-Mc-Cormick

Tony Weekes handout

Summary from the conference:

Pulling the threads together


This popular conference took place on the 15th-17th November 2013 in Brussels. There were workshops on specific issues such as a European basic income, the role of cooperatives, local currencies, tax justice and ethical investment.

Please email conference [at] for further information and registration or keep up to date via this page on the website or Twitter.


2011 Day Conference: Energy Security, Conflict and Climate Change – Europe leads the way

This conference took place on 5 March 2011 in York.

Click here to access a Powerpoint presentation given by QCEA staff at the conference.

2010 Conference: Working for Peace in the Middle East: What can Quakers do?

This conference took place between 29 October and 1 November 2010 in Brussels.

Click here to read the keynote address given by Jean Zaru, Clerk of Ramallah Monthly Meeting

Click here to read a concluding summary of the conference

2008 Conference: Not Privation But Appropriate Living: An opportunity for Friends to reflect on energy security, climate and conflict

This conference took place between 5 and 8 December 2008 in Brussels.

Click here to read a concluding summary of the conference

Click here to read an expanded version of the keynote address

Previous conferences

Our conferences before 2008 addressed the following themes:

October 2006: The Role of the EU in Peacebuilding

November 2004: Economic Justice

October 2002: Values Matter: Quakers reflect on Europe

October 2000: Strangers in a Foreign Land: Where do Friends stand in relation to European Refugee and Asylum Procedure

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