The Vision of Quakers of the Light
Our vision is a Meeting that focuses on the positive and promotes the wonders of Unity and Diversity. Our vision is one of relationships of respect and joy. We value deep listening to each other and to the Divine Presence as Spirit moves through the worshiping group. We dedicate ourselves to working in love to bring healing to each other, any we might have harmed, and the world. We commit ourselves to bring out that light that shines in our fellow human beings. To this end we devote ourselves to the following:
~ We dedicate ourselves and our Meeting, to learn, educate and eliminate racism* and all forms of discrimination acknowledging that prejudice is rooted in all of us. We commit ourselves to listen carefully, patiently and responsively to any accusation that any of our words or deeds may be interpreted as racist. Towards this end, we will make every effort to overcome those imperfections and/or impressions, in a spirit of love, understanding, forgiveness and repentance.
~ We reaffirm the Quaker testimony of making all decisions in a spirit of unity and will labor together with respect until we have fully resolved any differences. We will conduct ourselves with openness and truth. We acknowledge that consideration of personal problems may require confidentiality, but this should be used only to protect the reputation of such individuals. We will guard against initiating unsubstantiated allegations, condescending, defensive, prideful or hostile interactions.
~ We reaffirm the Quaker testimony of peace and nonviolence. We acknowledge that violence exists in many forms including verbal and nonverbal. We bear witness to violence on an institutional and individual level as we know that our shield and our strength is the spirit of Love, which protects us. Living in the knowledge that “Perfect Love casteth out Fear”. We intend to take the lessons we learn in our Meeting about loving, out into the community through community action such as helping the homeless and other disadvantaged or oppressed groups.
Towards this end, we will interrupt all expressions of unfriendly behavior such as unkind remarks, exclusion or anger. We acknowledge our frailties in all of this and call upon Friends to meet such a situation with loving intervention. We put our trust in that source of goodness, doing our best to live peaceful, loving and faithful lives.
racism*: We are defining racism as prejudice with the institutional power to enforce it.