TCFM Peace minutes

TCFM Peace minutes

Peace Minute

Twin Cities Friends Meeting, St. Paul, MN Dec. 14, 2001

In response to the tragedies of September 11 and the War on Terrorism

In this time of war, we the members and attenders of the Twin Cities Friends Meeting state our belief in peace. In the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), we believer that there is that of God in everyone. Policies of terorism, bombing, assassination, starvation and disease thus go against the very presence of God on earth. We do not believe that justices can ever come from a sword. We do not believe that killing others will satisfy our need for mourning.

We want no part in inflicting hate, death, or human suffering. We instead support compassionate and nonviolent efforts that take away the occasion for war.

Budget Priorities Peace Minute

Twin Cities Friends Meeting, St. Paul, MN Feb. 8, 2002

In response to the tragedies of September 11 and the War on Terrorism

Om affirmation of the historic Peace Testimony of the Religious Society of Friends, and in affirmation of the Peace Minute of our own religious community, Twin Cities Friends Meeting would like to question the wisdom of the current proposal before our federal legislature to increase military spending from $370 billion to $432 billion. We ask our leaders to consider how many lives could be saved instead by reallocating military spending to nonviolent means of alleviating hunger, disease and suffering in the world.

We believe that taking away the occasion for war, including war by terrorism, begins with making it a priority to promote justice non-violently and alleviate suffering in the world. Escalated military spending will only server to drain our ability to pursue the truly effective, non-violent ways of addressing violent conflict, and escalated military engagement abroad will only bring more suffering to the world’s people and deepen the cycle of violence.