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Faith and Practice

Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the

Religious Society of Friends

a guide to quaker discipline in the experience of pacific yearly meeting of the religious society of friends.
published 2001

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Concerns and Leadings

pym in context
quaker faith & spiritual practice
testimony & experience of friends
organization of the society
activities & organization of the YM
sources of quotations
index of sources
subject index

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Laboring with Concerns

 At different times, Friends have felt strongly moved to apply a historic testimony to a particular issue of their own day. Elizabeth Fry’s work for prison reform and John Woolman’s outspoken concern for the abolition of slavery are familiar examples from earlier times. Within Pacific Yearly Meeting, people have raised serious concerns on topics such as the environment, population, economic justice, abortion, gambling, and the right to die with dignity. Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends have not found unity to formulate testimonies on these issues.

 A concern for the environment coalesced at the annual session of Pacific Yearly Meeting in 1985. Many Friends see a testimony on harmony with nature emerging. The following is included to exemplify and acknowledge this subject on which Friends are laboring.