Peace & Social Concerns
Quakerism is a dual commitment to spiritual awareness and social action as a form of ministry. God still speaks to us and we must respond. We work towards peace, justice and reconciliation because we believe they are necessary to uphold our spiritual truths. We are led to implement our concern for equal rights for all. We have a ministry of service to humankind and nature. Carrying out our beliefs through action in our daily lives is a spiritual process through which we find commitment and strength.
Among our most treasured spiritual values are truthfulness, simplicity, a simple lifestyle, non-violence and a reverence for all life.
Some social and environmental commitments of Friends in New Haven Meeting:
- Quality early childhood education based on Quaker values – Friends Center for Children
- Community cooperation to create opportunities for homeownership for lower-income working families – Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven
- Feeding people and building community through sustainable agriculture – Haven's Harvest, Massaro Farm, and New Haven Land Trust
- Building relationships among a collective of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and civic organizations from New Haven and Fairfield Counties to take action on social and economic justice issues of common concern - CONECT, Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut
- Helping refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities – Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services of New Haven
- Community partners coordinating to deliver services to citizens returning from prison – Prison Re-entry Initiative of New Haven
- Promoting a harmonious planetary commonwealth through the convergence of the worldwide movements of disarmament, social justice, and environmental stewardship as the foundation for sustainable peace – Promoting Enduring Peace
National and International Quaker organizations for social and environmental action to which New Haven Meeting contributes:
New Haven Friends Meeting is entirely dependent on financial contributions from people like you. Please consider what your experience here means to you and give as you are able
"We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end or under any pretense whatsoever. And this is our testimony to the whole world."
Full text at:http://www.quaker.org/peaceweb/pdecla07.html
- Friends Center for Children - http://www.friendscenterforchildren.org/
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven - http://habitatgnh.org/
- Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services of New Haven - http://www.irisct.org/
- Massaro Farm - http://www.massarofarm.org
- New Haven Land Trust - http://www.newhavenlandtrust.org/
- Prison Reentry Initiative - http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/mayor/prisonreentry.asp
- Promoting Enduring Peace - http://www.pepeace.org
- Friends Committee on National Legislation - http://fcnl.org/
- Right Sharing of World Resources - http://www.rswr.org/