Peace and Social Concerns Committee members strive to keep Meeting
informed of local peace and social justice issues and activities, as
well as keep the community aware of our own works. They
have also focused on giving modest financial support to the peace and
social justice activities of Meeting members and attenders, which
include many local organizations.
They initiated an energetic discussion
on the relationship between Quakerism and activism and spirituality
and politics, first through an special Opening Exercises based on Pendle Hill Pamphlet
Number 397, authored by Dan Snyder, entitled "Quaker Witness as
Sacrament," followed by a Brown Bag Discussion on the topic.
included the maintenance and availability of military recruitment and
conscientious objector information.
A committee member gave a talk on this topic at the Upattinas School. The committee has organized postcard-writing
activities, targeting current issues being dealt with in the U.S. Congress.
And it continues to support monthly dinners for the Salvation Army.
Members and attenders from Meeting prepare all the parts of a meal
which some then serve to needy and homeless people at the Salvation
Army in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Our events have
also included the hosting of the Friends Committee on National
Legislation’s “Eyes Wide Open” exhibit at Meeting. This exhibit,
a commemoration that seeks to convey the true cost of war, was open to
the community and generated local visitation and publicity.
Monthly Peace Vigils
have included an ecumenical New Year’s vigil, a special vigil held
to commemorate the sixth year of the war in Iraq, and a fundraiser for
“Pennies for Peace,” to help build schools in Pakistan and
Read about how we help
those less fortunate in the Downingtown community.
Learn about our work
rebuilding homes after hurricanes in Louisiana.
Submitted July 26, 2009
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