In the words
of William Penn, “True godliness don’t
draw men out
of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their
endeavors to mend it.” Elsewhere he commented: “It
is a reproach
to religion and government to suffer so much poverty and excess.
within a wealthy society is unjust, cruel, and often linked to skin
color, gender, and language. We must examine our own
privilege and role in the economic order that deepens this disparity.
Friends should be alert to oppression and injustice, and persistent
in working against them.
value our part in shaping the laws of our country. Our task is to
see that laws serve God’s purposes and build a just social
Our first allegiance should be to God, and if this conflicts with
compulsion of the state, we serve our country best by remaining
true to our higher loyalty.
by divine leading, our attention is focused on a law that is contrary
to God’s law, we must proceed with care. Before
Friends should pray for further guidance and speak with the
Meeting, family members, and all those who might be affected by
the decision. If a decision involves disobedience to the law, we
should make the grounds of our action clear to all concerned and
be prepared to suffer any penalties without evasion. As a
community, we must care for those who suffer for conscience’s
am I doing to carry my share of responsibility for the government
of our community, nation, and world?
I persistent in my efforts to promote constructive change?
do we attend to the suffering of others in our local community,
in our state and nation, and in the world
Do we try to understand the causes of suffering, and do we
address them as a Meeting?
do we, individually and as a Meeting, support the organizations
that work to bring the testimonies of Friends
into reality in our society?