Quaker Religious Thought


Trayce Peterson


The roots of the Quaker peace testimony lie in a genuine and liberatory understanding that all people have that of God within them. However, for the testimony to live up to the promise of liberation for all, we must question who has space to speak, under which terms, and more importantly, who will listen. After all, there is no peace without justice, and justice cannot be achieved without acknowledgment, accountability, and reconciliation.

I’d like to offer a few thoughts on each and on the ways that we as Friends might move forward to create radical hospitality in our meetings and other Quaker communities and organizations. If we embark on this journey and do the work, the first step is to acknowledge that white supremacy and whiteness permeate our meetings and organizations.



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