Peace & Social Action Committee
The Peace and Social Action committee implements the Quaker testimonies of peace, social and economic justice and equality within our community.
The clerk of Peace and Social Action is Judy Inskeep (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein
It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in peace. One must work at it. Eleanor Roosevelt
We totally oppose all wars, all preparation for war, all use of weapons and coercion by force, and all military alliances; no end could ever justify such means. Aotearoa/New Zealand Yearly Meeting, 1987
The alternative to war is not inactivity and cowardice. It is the irresistible and constructive power of good will. Rufus Jones, 1917
Current Projects at Gwynedd
Family Promise of Montco PA
(formerly Inter-Faith Housing Alliance) . .
. . . is part of a national organization that works to address family homelessness and hunger. Gwynedd Meeting has worked with Inter-Faith Housing Alliance for over 30 years and will continue this partnership with Family Promise to serve local families and individuals in need. The pandemic only exacerbated the need to support families seeking food, shelter, and support in our communities. Willing volunteers are essential to the success of our efforts to help. There are four opportunities that you can support our programs:
Contact Marcia Wise at email@example.com to find out how you can help.
Provide hospitality for families in the Interfaith Housing Network during the year
Food collection for food cupboards throughout the year
Holiday giving in December for Hope Gardens families
Financial contributions to support families
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) . . .
. . . is a national, nonpartisan Quaker organization that lobbies Congress and the Administration to advance peace, justice and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends, FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by its governing General Committee. It pursues legislative policies informed by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in every person and that all creation has worth and dignity.
Contact Deb Hejl at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help.
American Friends Service Committee Sale . . .
. . . plans and manages ongoing fundraising sales for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that works with people and partners worldwide, of all faiths and backgrounds, to meet urgent community needs, challenge injustice, and build peace. The sale continues the foundational work of our long-time member Beth Binford. Sales are currently held quarterly in March, June, September and December, with the largest sale of the year in December.
Through collections from meeting members and some outside sources, the subcommittee offers for these quarterly sales a variety of beautiful, lightly used (or new) clothing, collectibles, household items and jewelry. Proceeds benefit the American Friends Service Committee
Contact: Stacy Wyckoff, email@example.com or Linda Gist, firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help.
Peace and Justice Vigil
Men and women stand vigil on Rt. 202 in front of Gwynedd meeting every Saturday between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM, weather permitting, holding signs promoting Peace and Justice. Bring your own sign or borrow one of ours.
Contact Carol Ritting, email@example.com to find out how you can help.
Refugee Support . . .
. . . is a dedicated group who believes that the 82.4 million children, women, and men who are refugees worldwide are our brothers and sisters. Since they are a part of our family, we must remember them and assist them in their effort to find a home that affords dignity and hope.
Started in 2016 as a response to the Syrian crisis, Refugee Support raised over $75,000 for the UNHCR Cash Assistance Program. Our Christmas fundraiser resulted in an additional $5,765 that was contributed to HIAS PA, for its work to resettle and Afghanistan refugees and evacuees in the Delaware Valley.
Contact Carol Shearon, firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be a part of this life-giving work.
Christmas Season Projects
Collection of Christmas gifts or gift cards for Family Promise, Maternity Care Coalition, and Bebashi. Contact: Laura Taylor, email@example.com
Our previous projects
Alternatives to Violence Project, a series of conflict resolution workshops in prisons and communities that focus on building self-esteem and trust, fostering self-understanding, and developing communications skills and cooperative attitudes that avoid conflicts (http://www.avpusa.org)
Annual book drive for Historic Fair Hill, an organization that sponsors libraries in two schools, as well as greening, in an underserved area of Philadelphia (https:historicfairhill.com)
Counseling and support available to any young person who conscientiously objects to participation in the military, or to any taxpayer who withholds the military portion of his/her tax, based on conscientious objection to supporting war. (National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, 2121 Decatur Place, NW; Washington, DC 20008  483-3751; Center on Conscience and War, www.centeronconscience.org)