Working for peace
From early in our 350 year history,Quakers have taken a clear stand for peace. Our words and action in opposition to war and in support of peace have come to be known as 'the Quaker peace testimony'.
Friends' opposition to all forms of violence imposes on them the responsibility to seek alternative responses to conflict and injustice.
(Quaker Faith and Practice 24.38)
Stemming from Quakers' challenge to answer 'that of God' in every person, Quakers are committed to working for peace and justice through nonviolent social change. Quakers seek to wage peace at all levels of society, from teaching mediation to school children to being active in disarmament.
Working with other organisations, policy-makers and the public, we promote noviolence, disarmament and we challenge militarism. Our projects are varied and fascinating. One example is the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The role of the volunteers we send out to Israel-Palestine includes monitoring and reporting violations of human rights and offering protection through nonviolent presence.
To find out more watch Lynda MacInnes (above) speak about her involvement with EAAPI as a programme co-ordinator and visit our Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories pages.