From the beginning Quakers have been actively involved in social justice and reform. Such activities have drawn many to this faith community and in Bristol, UK Friends are involved in prison reform, in resolving conflict non-violently, in outreach with homeless people, campaigning against the arms trade, green issues and many other causes.
A Living Faith: An Historical and Comparative Study of Quaker Beliefs, 2nd Edition
George Lakey, a Swarthmore professor, explaines the origins and rationalism of pacifism in the Quaker religion. He states that the spirit Quaker's believe in is not contradictory or hypocritical, it will not call for peace, love and understanding one moment and then war another. The spirit Quaker’s believe in is consistent. He goes on to give historical groundings for Quaker’s belief in pacifism. Later in his talk he makes the claim that nonviolence movements are more effective.
Growing up and receiving my education in a Quaker community, nonviolence was instilled in me from an early age. Respect for all and the belief in equality developed in me, and I was blessed with a community that constantly affirmed these ideals and values. What does it even mean to be a pacifist? However, current …
Woolman Hill is a Quaker retreat center situated on 110 acres of beautiful meadows and woods in the Connecticut Valley of western Massachusetts. Founded on the Quaker belief that there is that of God in every person, we welcome all who wish to nurture the spirit within and without.