Durango Friends Meeting (Quaker)

An Unprogrammed Quaker Congregation Serving Southwestern Colorado, Northwestern New Mexico and Northeastern Arizona

Participating in Democracy

Peace & Social Concerns - Participating in Democracy

DFM's Peace and Social Concerns Committee presents this list of resources to help you effectively contact your political representatives. Includes contact information for local, state and national representatives and institutions.

Living in the World 

We are a people that follow after those things that make for peace, love, and unity.  - Margaret Fell, 1660 

True godliness doesn’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavours to mend it; not hide their candle under a bushel, but set it upon a table in a candlestick. - William Penn, 1682 

For Friends the most important consideration is not the right action in itself but a right inward state out of which right action will arise. Given the right inward state, right action is inevitable. Inward state and outward action are component parts of a single whole.  - Howard Brinton, 1943 

Individuals can resist injustice, but only in community can we do justice...  Much that has been labeled “civil disobedience” is, more accurately, civil initiative; it is the exercise by individuals or communities of their legally established duty to protect the victims of government officials’ violations of fundamental rights.  - Excerpts from “Sanctuary as a Quaker Testimony,” a report by Jim Corbett to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting , 1986