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Monday
Dec052011

Economic Justice and Sustainability

'Equality' and 'simplicity'  are historic Quaker testimonies along with 'truth' and 'peace'. More recently, Quakers have added concern for the environment as being central to our faith. At Quaker Yearly Meeting at Canterbury in August 2011, the Society of Friends made a radical commitment to work towards economic justice and a sustainable global society. The words John Woolman, an eighteenth century American Quaker were echoed: 'The produce of the earth is a gift from our gracious creator to the inhabitants, and to impoverish the earth now to support outward greatness appears to be an injury to the succeeding age'.

Individual Quakers and Quaker meetings are being challenged to examine their own lives and how these are influenced and constrained by an unjust and destructive economic system. The Society of Friends as a whole, and Bristol Quakers locally, have given support to the 'Occupy Britain' movement. Clevedon Quakers, together with other Meetings in North Somerset are looking at the 'seven questions' which derived from the Quakers' 'Canterbury Commitment' and to see what action we can take.    

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