as Friends, prefer to set down our religious experience in the form of
testimonies, general statements about religious practices and beliefs on
which most of us unite. These testimonies represent values by which we
judge our lives.
Because Friends believe all people have the potential to receive
spiritual leadings and are equal in the eyes of God, we see men and
women, as well as people of all races, nationalities, and sexual
orientation as equals. In addition, we encourage participation of young
people in all aspects of the life of our faith community as a form of
We, as Friends, aid the non-violent efforts of the exploited to
attain self-determination and social, political and economic justice.
This often requires persuading exploiters, some of whom may be Quakers,
to change their ways, not only for the sake of the exploited, but also
to strengthen their own goodness.
We seek both to bring to light and to counteract, institutions,
language and thought processes that subtly support discrimination and
exploitation. We’re continually examining our own attitudes and
practices to test whether we contribute as much as we ought to social,
political, and economic justice. And we encourage others to adopt
Spirit-led consensus decision-making.
We also are sensitive to spiritual as well as the material needs of
those in prison. We recognize that the penal system often reflects the
injustices in our society. By offering support to the victims of crime
as well as conflict resolution training for both offenders and prison
employees, we act out of our conviction that redemption and restorative
justice, not retribution, are the right tasks of the criminal justice
system. In addition, we strongly oppose capital punishment.
We support those
who resist the military draft by performing peaceful service as
conscientious objectors We help to alleviate the suffering caused by war
whenever we can and are troubled by nations that use military forces
rather than non-military ones to engage in this work.
Friends work to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, whether in
schools or in the United Nations, and the conversion to peaceful uses of
facilities built for war.
We support our Meeting through
financial contributions, as well as giving of our time to help with the
chores that keep our Meeting running smoothly. We pitch in to teach
First Day School, cook for eating events, rake leaves, shovel snow,
paint, and manage this Web site and our Facebook Page.
Integrity and Simplicity
We seek wholeness and harmony in our lives and strive to limit the
material circumstances of our lives. We call for honesty in whatever we
say and do. And, as Friends, don’t swear judicial oaths, but rather
affirm that our witnessing is truthful.
We seek to follow these testimonies but, at the same time,
acknowledge that our practices have flaws. However, these testimonies
remind us to be true to that of God within ourselves and to be mindful
of carrying out these ideals in our lives.
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