Australian Quakers join with people around the world in mourning the loss of life and livelihood in recent attacks on civilians from many countries by a few who are using violence to serve their cause. The Presiding Clerk of Australian Quakers, Julian Robertson, said “Quakers have a longstanding commitment to ‘take away the occasion of war’ by working for justice and peace .
Julian Robertson affirmed the vision that Australia is a pluralist and multi-faith society based on mutual respect. “We support the upholding in legislation and policies of the principles contained in the United Nations conventions and declarations on human rights and fundamental freedoms”.
Quakers urge all Australians to reflect on their own experience of being inspired by positive examples of generosity of spirit and to
- pursue peaceful means of dealing with differences and conflicts,
- speak out when others are subjected to prejudice and discrimination,
- welcome newcomers and help them become part of the community,
- be wary of media exaggeration of threats and crisis, and
- resist despair by working with others to build hope through shared goals and action.
Julian Robertson said Quakers will continue to create the conditions for replacing violence with dialogue, fear with hope, and destructive responses with constructive engagement with others.
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) arose in northern England in the 17th century at a time of intense spiritual ferment, and has spread worldwide. Today some 2000 Australians identify as Quakers. Quakers strive to live according to testimonies which include Peace, Simplicity, Integrity, Community and Equality. The Society is a member of the National Council of Churches of Australia.
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