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Letter on Child Separation

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Dunnings Creek Friends have acted
August 14, 2019
Dunnings Creek Friends Meeting
The Religious Society of Friends
c/o Susan Williams, Clerk
2049 Valley Road
Schellsburg, PA 15559
(814) 839-2952
Dear Friends,
For almost 371 years The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as
Quakers, has held the belief that “There is that of God in everyone”. No exceptions.
Friends have worked to abolish slavery, worked to help refugees around the world
during and after World Wars I and II, worked to help with the Suffragette
Movement, and Civil Rights.
We as Quakers now share a deep concern for our immigrant sisters and brothers
from around the world who have come to this country seeking refuge from poverty-
stricken and often very violent homelands. Moreover, we feel strongly compelled to
speak out publicly against the separation of families. Children, some as young as 3
months old, have been taken away from their parents and held in conditions
documented as unsafe and unhealthy for lengthy periods of time. Months!
Where is the compassion that Jesus tells us to offer to our fellow peoples of the
world? Did we not learn, all of us, the Golden Rule?
Dunnings Creek Friends Meeting holds our government leaders accountable. At the
same time we hold our leaders and all people in the Light. We pray our fears and
misunderstandings will give way to the Divine Light within, waiting to shine with
compassion and understanding.
Dunnings Creek Friends Meeting
Religious Society of Friends
285 Old Quaker Church Rd.
Fishertown, PA