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Quaker Stances on Modern Social Issues

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Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship of the Earth's Resources are core Quaker values.

Quakers Support Racial Equality

Quakers have historically been against racism and were active in the abolitionist and civil rights movements. This first video features Vanessa Julye, Member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, where she describes her ministry with the larger Quaker community helping to ensure our meetings are welcoming to people of color.

Quakers Support the Equality of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer People

Contemporary Quakers tend to have very grounded and practical attitudes towards sexuality. We believe sex can be a healthy act of love between consenting adults. As such, Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting welcomes members of the LGBTQ community to worship with us. We have several prominent LGBTQ Members in our worship community, we recognize and celebrate the marraiges of LGBTQ people, and we have several LGBTQ families within our community. The second video describes how Quakers approach questions of embracing sexual diversity as part of our community.

Quakers Support the Equality Women & Men

Quakers have historically been very supportive of gender equality. While this has taken different shapes over the centuries, today men and women are considered full equals within the worship community. One of the most well known of Quaker Martyrs is Mary Dyer, a woman hanged in Boston for her refusal to stop her ministry to Quakers in Massachusetts. This third video presents an overview of how women are active in our worship community and the larger world.

Quakers Support Peace & Non-Violent Conflict Resolution

Quakerism was in some ways a reaction to the violent and bloody British Civil War of the 1600s. Throughout history, Quakers have traditionally opposed violence and war in favor of non-violent and peaceful means of resolving conflicts of any scale. In this fourth video Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Member, George Lakey, discusses the pacifist stance most Quakers take when it comes to war and violence.