members of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee 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.
Downingtown Friends Meeting chose the
following priorities for the P&SC:
—Ensure humane detention
facilities and eliminate profit-making prisons.
—Support efforts to reduce gun violence through gun control
—Oppose policies that endorse institutional racism, suppress
—Support universal access to affordable, effective and
comprehensive health care.
—Support policies to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases,
conservation, reduce fuel consumption and
increase fuel efficiency in the use
of all energy sources.
—Promote the development of science-based sustainable energy
—Adopt laws, agreements, policies, and programs to protect and
restore natural ecosystems,
farmlands, and air and water resources.
part of its ongoing work, the Committee sponsors Opening Exercise
presentations and Brown Bag Discussions on selected charitable
events and causes, such as:
Los Amigos del Casa de Niño
Thanksgiving food drive for Chester County Food Bank
Interfaith Groups on Social Justice
Christians Caring for Creation
donates funds on behalf of the Meeting from our Friends Fall
Festival proceeds to support the following local organizations:
1) Historic Fair Hill, a
300 year-old Quaker burial ground in Northeast
2) Chester County Food Bank which provides access to real
and healthy food,
3) Good Works, a local organization that makes existing
homes warmer, safer and dryer,
4) Los Amigos de Casa del Nino, a children’s school in Jocotenango, Guatemala,
5) The Center for Returning Citizens, which assists in the
transition from incarceration to society,
6) Ujima Friends Peace Center, a worship community of
Friends of African descent,
7) EMIR Healing Center, a support system for families
dealing with the murder of a family member,
8) Gun Sense, a Chester County group that lobbies
lawmakers in support of gun violence prevention,
9) Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL),
which lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace,
opportunity, justice and environmental stewardship,
10) Interfaith Action Community, an assemblage of religious
communities including Christians, Jews and Muslims who
address common social justice causes.
POWER Metro, a nonpartisan, interfaith group comprised of
more than 40 faith communities who focus on employment,
education, housing, health care, public safety and the
and Social Concerns Committee
also sponsors half-hour peace vigils
along Route 30 on the third Sunday of each month from September through
June. April’s vigil honors Earth Day. It also initiates Postcard Sundays to lobby
our legislators through our Friends Committee on National
Legislation (FCNL) representative. Committee members also deliver children’s books for the Laundromat
Library League to the Rainbow Laundromat in Coatesville, and inspire participation in Gun Sense and our membership in POWER Metro.
collect food donations for the Chester County Food Bank at Easter.
Read about how we help
those less fortunate in the Downingtown community.
Learn about our work
rebuilding homes after hurricanes in Louisiana.
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