About Gordon Matthews

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).

This picture was taken on a windy day on the Seven Sisters between Eastbourne and Seaford on the Sussex coast. I'm trying to get a photo of Beachy Head.

This picture was taken on a windy day on the Seven Sisters between Eastbourne and Seaford on the Sussex coast. Gordon is trying to get a photo of Beachy Head.

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.

One thought on “About Gordon Matthews

  1. Thank you, Gordon, for your participation this weekend at the Brussels/Luxembourg Yearly Meeting. It was good to talk with you. Thank you for sharing your blog address. Je te souhaite bonne continuation, dauernden Erfolg, continued success. Dan

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