As a people committed to peacemaking, grounded in our testimonies of truth, peace,
integrity and equality, Schuylkill Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
(Quakers) denounces the recent violence enacted at the US Capitol and elsewhere. We
also condemn the incitement of citizens to violence by political leaders in recent months.
We call upon our spiritual and political leaders to repudiate the violence and
provocation to violence. Democracy demands adherence to the rule of law. We
wholeheartedly support the right of the people to peacefully assemble to petition the
government for a “redress of grievances” as a pillar of democracy. While in opposition to
violent protest, we affirm the deep power resident in nonviolent action.
Schuylkill Monthly Meeting offers this query for each of us to consider: What do we
hope for in one year or four years in the future, and what do we need to do to realize this
Approved at Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 10, First Month, 2021
Megan Connolly, member of Care & Oversight