Quakers in Britain condemn all acts of violence

By agency reporter
June 21, 2017

Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, has made this statement on behalf of Quakers in Britain.

"In the light of recent tragedies, Quakers in Britain again recognise the continuing imperative to listen, to build bridges and to further pursue our common humanity, one with another.

"The work of peacemaking and peacebuilding in our homes, in our communities, in our nations and between our nations is never ending. The Quaker faith community continues to pursue peace in all its nonviolent forms, believing that each human life is precious.

"Quakers lovingly uphold all those affected by the recent tragedies. People of all faiths should be able to live and worship in peace.

"Along with others, Quakers find themselves re-examining their own lives in the light of the extreme times we live in. Quakers are reminded to 'Search out whatever in your own way of life may contain the seeds of war. Stand firm in our [peace] testimony, even when others commit or prepare to commit acts of violence, yet always remember that they too are children of God'".

* Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Around 23,000 people attend 478 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change.

*Quakers in Britain http://www.quaker.org.uk/

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