On March 12, 2017, Haddonfield Friends Meeting adopted a minute:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
~ Pastor Martin Niemoller
We Grieve for our divided Nation. We are pained to see fear empowered, hate emboldened and our neighbors’ safety and freedoms at risk. We pray for the wisdom to speak love into that divide. In this climate it is hard to live out Jesus’ commandment that we love one another, and yet that is what we must do.
We Support a Spirit of Understanding and echo the words spoken by early Quaker Margaret Fell to the King of England in 1660: “We are a people that follow after those things that make for peace, love and unity. It is our desire that other’s feet may walk in the same.”
We Reject the practice of division, pitting one group of Americans against another, enacted in laws and regulations which make these actions legal, yet still immoral and unjust.
We Envision an American society which welcomes all willing to live peaceably in this great experiment of democracy, in a society that does not pit neighbor against neighbor.
We Repent the ways we may have excluded others from our fellowship. The ways we ourselves see and treat people as “other,” consciously and unconsciously.
We Commit to doing all in our power to stand against the practice of division wherever we encounter it. We commit to acting in our resistance with love for those whose views and actions we are called upon to oppose.