The person appointed as the most senior member of staff among Britain's Quakers has criticised the government's cuts and said they will increase poverty. Paul Parker made the comments as his appointment was announced yesterday (4 December).
Parker will be the new Recording Clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM), the formal organisation of Quakers in England, Scotland and Wales. Quakers are also known as the Religious Society of Friends.
The position of Recording Clerk, roughly comparable to a chief executive, fell vacant in the summer due to the sudden resignation of Gillian Ashmore.
Parker, currently an assistant headteacher, will take up the post in May 2011.
“I would like Quakers to be known as people who take their faith out into the world and live it,” said Parker yesterday, “We need to have the courage and conviction to support Quakers to do that”.
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