Hearken to the Light, 
that ye may feel the 
power of God in every 
one of you.
            --George Fox



Meeting for Worship
Sundays 10:30-11:30 AM 
(Nursery and child care available)

Opening Exercises  
Sundays 10:00 AM
I
n the School House, before Meeting for Worship
  September-June

First Day School  
Sundays
10:30-11:30 AM
September-June

Meeting for Business
 last Sunday of each month,
following Meeting for Worship

Eating Meeting 
2nd Sunday
potluck lunch after Meeting for Worship  
September-June

...Quaker pacifism is an obligation, not a promise. We are not guaranteed that it will be safe. We are sure that it is right. We desire to make our individual decisions in harmony with it, and to help our fellows to do so.
                                                                          —Friends Peace Committee
                                                                 Philadelphia Yearly Meeting 1940
Many Friends have found themselves in jail because they refused to make or prepare for war, obeying their religious principles instead of the demands of their government to fight. They have been guided by the Peace Testimony—an essential and indispensable fruit of Friends' belief that there is that of God in every man. Like the early Christians, early Friends suffered severe persecution and jailing rather than harm another of God's children. Strong belief in the Quaker Peace Testimony kept most American Friends from participating in the Revolutionary War. In wars of this century, many Friends refused to fight but asked to be of service in some more humanitarian way. Where fighting Friends would have been disowned by their Meetings in the 17th and early 18th centuries, today, Meetings drop few Friends from the Society for joining the military. Nevertheless, the obligations of the Peace Testimony to refrain from participating in or preparing for war are clear and Friends continue to respond to the challenge of living in what George Fox called, "a life and power which takes away the occasion of all war."

Read more about the Peace Testimony
Read about "Heeding God's Call--The Gathering on Peace

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QUAKER PEACE TESTIMONY

We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatever; this is our testimony to the whole world. The Spirit of Christ by which we are guided is not changeable, so as to once command us from a thing as evil, and again to move unto it; and we certainly know, and testify to the world, that the Spirit of Christ, which leads us into all truth, will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor the kingdoms of this world.

—Declaration to Charles II

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