New York Yearly Meeting
of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Peace

We repudiate war because it violates the primacy of love, destroys lives that God has given, and tears the fabric of society. War is a test of power, not a search for truth or justice. We thus urge the use of peaceful methods, consistent with the ends we seek, which may heal the hates and hurts of individuals and nations. We support all who take the stand of conscientious objection to war and violence. While we do not question the bravery and commitment of people who fight, the question that sets us apart from them is, “Can any war truly be the will of God?”

NYYM Faith and Practice


NYYM-Approved Minutes

Conscientious Objection

  • “The Center on Conscience & War (CCW), formerly the National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors (NISBCO), is committed to supporting all those who question participation in war, whether they are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, documented or undocumented immigrants—or citizens in other countries.”
  • The Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO) “supports and promotes individual and collective resistance to war and preparations for war.”

Military Counseling

  • Quaker House is a confidential, non-profit and free service with no attachment to the military. We assist military personnel stationed in 11 states, mostly in the Southeast.”
  • “The GI Rights Network is a network of non-profit, non-governmental organizations who provide information to servicemembers about military discharges, grievance and complaint procedures, and other civil rights.”
  • The GI Rights Hotline is “a network of nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations who provide information to servicemembers about military discharges, grievance and complaint procedures, and other civil rights.” They can be reached by telephone, toll-free, at 877-447-4487. También en español.

Quaker Links

  • American Friends Service Committee (AFSC ) Youth and Militarism Program
  • Y & M Online (AFSC’s monthly newsletter about youth, war, and peace—no longer published, but archived issues are available)
  • The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) offers workshops in nonviolent living, based on principles of communication, cooperation, community building, and creative conflict resolution.
         See also New York State AVP.
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL): “We seek a world free of war and the threat of war. We seek a society with equity and justice for all. We seek a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled. We seek an earth restored.”
  • FCNL: The Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict: An Alternative to the War on Terror
  • Christian Peacemaker Teams is a faith-based organization that supports violence-reduction efforts around the world. CPT has roots in the Mennonite Church, the Church of the Brethren, and the Society of Friends (Quakers), and includes members from Protestant and Catholic traditions.”
  • Friends Peace Teams (FPT) was founded in 1993 to promote peace team work among members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). FPT assists individual Quakers, Friends Churches, Monthly and Yearly Meetings in developing and/or supporting peace team projects.”
  • Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO): “Quakers have continually resisted war and worked for peace and justice since the founding of the Religious Society of Friends over 300 years ago. The Quaker UN Offices, located in Geneva and New York, work on issues of concern to Friends at the United Nations.”
  • The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is “a research archives devoted to collecting, preserving, and making accessible, materials on non-governmental efforts towards peace.”
  • Purchase Quarterly Meeting (NYYM) Peace Tax Escrow Account
  • Northern Friends Peace Board: “We are an organisation of Quakers (members of the Religious Society of Friends) in the north of Britain set up to support ‘the active promotion of peace in all its height & breadth’.”
  • “The Peace Exchange web pages are a resource managed by Quaker Peace & Social Witness [of Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM)] for Quakers and non-Quakers alike.”
         See also BYM’s pages about Peace.

Other Religiously Based Links

  • Dalai Lama’s statement on the events of 11 September 2001
  • Witness for Peace is a politically independent, grassroots organization. We are people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Our mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing US policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. We stand with people who seek justice.”
  • “Since its founding in 1996, Voices in the Wilderness has campaigned to end economic and military warfare against the Iraqi people. We have done this mostly by organizing delegations to Iraq in deliberate violation of U.N. economic sanctions and U.S. law, to publicly deliver small amounts of medical supplies to children and families in need. Our primary focus has always been ordinary Iraqi civilians and the most vulnerable of Iraqi society, especially children.” —Daniel Berrigan
  • “The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is a national organization connecting all who seek a deliberate response to injustice and violence and want to pray, study and take action for justice and peace in our communities, our church, and the world. We are called to do justice, dismantle violence, and strive to be peace makers.”
  • “The Fellowship of Reconciliation is an interfaith movement that is committed to creating peace and justice, locally and globally, using education, training and nonviolent action.” The FOR magazine, Fellowship, is also available online.
  • International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) is “a nonviolent, grassroots coalition of peace and faith-based organizations actively seeking to support a dignfied, just and lasting peace in Chiapas, Mexico, through communication, observation and international presence in the region.” SIPAZ en español; en français; auf Deutsch
  • Jewish Peace Fellowship Unites those who believe that Jewish ideals and experiences provide inspiration for a nonviolent commitment to life.”
  • Lutheran Peace Fellowship (LPF) is a community of Lutherans across the U.S. and around the globe, responding to the gospel call to be peacemakers and justice seekers.”
  • Muslim Peace Fellowship (Ansar as-Salam) is “a gathering of peace and justice-oriented Muslims of all backgrounds who are dedicated to making the beauty of Islam evident in the world, believing that the particular business of Muslims is to emulate the model of the Holy Prophet and to learn and teach the integrity and kindness that were his chief characteristics.”
  • Salam Institute for Peace and Justice “is a nonprofit organization for research, education, and practice on issues related to conflict resolution, nonviolence, and development with a focus on bridging differences between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.”
  • Olive Branch Interfaith Peace Partnership's goals are: “End the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq and support peace with Iran; support our troops;  support an Iraqi-led peace process; say NO to torture; say YES to justice.”
  • Pax Christi USA strives to create a world that reflects the peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. This work begins in personal life and extends to communities of reflection and action to transform structures of society. Pax Christi USA rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation.”

Other Peace Links

  • Courage to Resist: “Although the efforts of Courage to Resist are primarily focused on supporting public GI resisters [to war and occupation], the organization also strives to provide political, emotional, and material support to all military objectors critical of our government’s current policies of empire.”
  • Amnesty International is dedicated to freeing prisoners of conscience, gaining fair trials for political prisoners, ending torture, political killings and ‘disappearances,’ and abolishing the death penalty throughout the world. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International.”
  • Peace Brigades International (PBI) “ is an international NGO [nongovernmental organization] that has been promoting nonviolence and protecting human rights since 1981. The founders of PBI shared a profound conviction that ordinary people can take action to stop war and human rights violations even when their governments cannot or will not.”
  • United for Peace and Justice is a coalition of more than 800 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to oppose our government’s policy of permanent warfare and empire-building.”
  • Skipping Stones is a nonprofit children’s magazine that encourages cooperation, creativity and celebration of cultural and environmental richness. It provides a playful forum for sharing ideas and experiences among children from different lands and backgrounds.”
  • A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, from PBS includes a high school curriculum.
  • “The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against humanity. We therefore are determined not to support any kind of war, international or civil, and to strive nonviolently for the removal of all causes of war.” Also online: WRL’s magazine, the Nonviolent Activist. WRL has created a pie chart showing where U.S. tax dollars go.
  • A. J. Muste Memorial Institute is “a publicly-supported charitable educational foundation which promotes the principles and practice of nonviolent social change. The Institute focuses on the issues to which A. J. Muste dedicated his life: peace and disarmament, social and economic justice, racial and sexual equality, and the labor movement.”
  • “The mission of the Albert Einstein Institution is to advance the worldwide study and strategic use of nonviolent action in conflict. The Institution is committed to: defending democratic freedoms and institutions; opposing oppression, dictatorship, and genocide; and reducing reliance on violence as an instrument of policy.”
  • “The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund advocates for legislation enabling conscientious objection to war and to have the military portion of objectors’ federal income taxes directed to a special fund for projects that enhance peace.”
  • The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee “is a coalition of local groups, alternative funds, contacts and counselors working to support, coordinate, and publicize conscientious objection to the payment of taxes for war. We protest a tax system that supports war, and we redirect our tax dollars to fund life-affirming efforts.”
  • Conscience and Peace Tax International aims to obtain recognition of the right to conscientious objection to paying for armaments and war preparation and war conduct through taxes.”
  • Since 1980, the Nuclear Resister has provided comprehensive reporting on arrests for antinuclear and antiwar civil resistance in the United States and Canada.
  • Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has information and resources.
  • Training for Change offers powerful, transformational workshops to social change groups which affirm the spiritual roots of these groups while at the same time challenging them to increase their effectiveness by giving up outworn habits and limiting beliefs. Training for Change was formerly known as the Training Center Workshops.”
  • Coalition of Women for Peace: “We are a mix of Jewish and Palestinian women (all citizens of Israel), and we take action to amplify the voices of women calling for peace and justice for all inhabitants of the region.” Also in Arabic and Hebrew.
  • Syracuse Cultural Workers is an educational and cultural organization founded in 1982. Our mission is to help sustain a culture that honors diversity and celebrates community; that inspires and nurtures justice, equality and freedom; that respects our fragile Earth and all its beings; that encourages and supports all forms of creative expression.”
  • Veterans for Peace, Inc. (VFP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war. VFP was founded in 1985 by ex-service members committed to sharing the horrors they experienced.”
  • “The main objectives of Iraq Veterans against the War are to bring the troops home now; support Iraqi reconstruction in whatever way possible; support our veterans and our troops now and upon their return home.”
  • Survivor Corps works to break cycles of victimization and violence, individual by individual, country by country. At our core is a survivor-centered approach for victims of war to recover, rebuild their communities and change the world”
  • The International Peace Bureau (IPB) “is the world’s oldest and most comprehensive international peace federation, bringing together people working for peace in many different sectors: not only pacifists but also women’s, youth, labour, religious and professional bodies. IPB was founded in 1892 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910. It has 240 member organizations, both internationals and national/local groups in over 50 countries.”
  • Resources for Peace: “Links and information on peace and nonviolence.”
  • Student Peace Action Network [SPAN] is a grassroots peace and justice organization working from campuses across the United States. We organize for an end to physical, social, and economic violence caused by militarism at home and abroad.”
  • The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom . . . works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all.”

The Quaker Peace Testimony

We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretence whatsoever; and this is our testimony to the whole world. The spirit of Christ, by which we are guided, is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing as evil and again to move unto it; and we do certainly know, and so testify to the world, that the spirit of Christ, which leads us into all Truth, will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for the kingdoms of this world.

Declaration of Friends to Charles II, 1660

  

 

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