The violence of January 6, 2021 had a profound and disturbing effect on us. In the times before and after, we have witnessed an increasing resort to violence in our country when conflicts arise, including those involving our government and the police. The Peace and Social Concerns committee of Radnor Friends Meeting, prompted by a member, drafted a minute of concern emphasizing the need for peace, equality, and love when conflicts arise, and rejecting violence. After two months of seasoning within the monthly meeting, the minute below was refined and presented to the Haverford Quarterly Meeting on April 24, where it was reviewed and adopted.
“A minute of concern over the events of January 6, 2021, and the increasing culture of violence in our country.”
As Friends, it is our understanding that we are not meant to conform to the ways of the world but to listen attentively and act in obedience to the Light Within. At this time, we are called to bear witness to our commitment to the Quaker testimonies of peace and equality. It is our deeply held belief that we are all equal in the eyes of God. We embrace the practice of mutual respect and caring for the welfare of all humanity, and when we have differences, we address them peacefully, in a spirit of love and understanding. Conversely, we stand resolute against violence in all its forms including racial and economic injustice. Violence, hate, and bigotry, regardless of the cause or rationale, should have no home in our hearts or in our society. Let us be guided in our actions by love of one another and in our shared belief that there is that of God in every person. In direct response to our concern regarding the growing culture of violence and injustice, we as Quakers are led to speak truth to power and to bear witness through our actions that the way forward is through an unwavering commitment to peace, equality, and the power of love to transform.
We call on each Monthly Meeting to consider and reflect upon this minute and season it with actions and communications to promote peace, equality, and justice at all levels of our community and government.