Gordon Matthews is a lifelong Quaker with a passion for justice, peace and environmental sustainability. He works freelance as a translator (German and French into English) and also gives private English language tuition. From January 2014 to July 2015 he was office manager of the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) in Brussels. Towards the end of 2013 he spent two months in Palestine/Israel. He served as temporary Friend in Residence at Ramallah Friends Meeting House after participating in a Quaker Voluntary Action working retreat visiting Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus, Jericho, and Tel Aviv. He has served as resident Friend at Charney Manor (from July 1987 to January 1990), Claridge House (May to August 2013), and Swarthmoor Hall (May to October 2016), and as warden of Evesham Friends Meeting House (from June 2005 to September 2012).
From October 2012 to March 2013 he served as Joint Representative of the Quaker Council for European Affairs, where he focussed in particular on the role of the European Union in Palestine and Israel. He first visited Israel and Palestine in 2002 when he accompanied Swiss Quaker Hans Schuepli on a 12-day visit to Ibillin, Haifa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah. Gordon lived in Germany from 1990 to 2001 and is fluent in German.
Having been a member of the Green Party of England and Wales, Gordon has joined the German Greens since moving to Germany. He served as a town councillor in Evesham, Worcestershire, for four years and was the Green Party candidate for Mid Worcestershire in the 2010 general election. Gordon especially enjoys folk singing and has recorded a CD of his own songs, “Garden of Eden”. He also enjoys circle dancing, cycling and walking. Gordon finds inspiration for his blog in the (extra)ordinary experiences of everyday life and in other people’s sayings and writings. Whilst he likes to quote other people’s thoughts, the views expressed in his blog are entirely his own.