Doylestown Quakers . . . . Today
The central belief of Quakers is that there is a spark of the Divine in every person. From that concept flows the traditional Quaker concerns for nonviolent conflict resolution, respect for each human being, and the belief in everyone’s ability to have a direct, living relationship with the Divine.
At Doylestown Friends we meet for worship from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Sunday mornings in the Meeting Houseon Oakland Avenue in Doylestown, PA. We seek to be receptive to the Spirit within ourselves and others. We are an open and inclusive community, and guests are welcome. To learn more about Quaker Worship, click here. We hope to see you soon!
Open Letter From Doylestown Friends Meeting To The Surrounding Community: Enduring Principles In Uncertain Times
As we move into the new year with all its uncertainties and challenges, there is an awareness that there are deep rifts in our country and our communities, and these divisions have many people experiencing fear, anger and frustration.
The Quaker principles of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship endure. As Quakers, we strive to provide spiritual hospitality; our meeting house is a place to experience unity, connection, dialogue and mutual respect. We do not allow violence, hate, bigotry and threat to enter our worship space. We want everyone who walks through our doors to feel safe.
We respect all individuals and hope that members will reach out to those who think differently and listen. We encourage members to speak out in support when the basic rights of people are threatened or people are made to feel unsafe, excluded and afraid. We implore members to resist efforts to divide us and instead focus on our similarities. We hope that members will support efforts to unite people, like music, art and theater; and commit to oppose hatred, division, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia sexism and gender-based violence.
Simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. These are our values. This is what we have always stood for and we will continue to stand for them. In the coming months and years, our community will continue to foster dialogue about the important issues facing our country and retain our commitment to the social causes that speak to us and align with our values.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
This week in FDS the children will be using recycled materials, containers and boxes to cooperatively build anything they can imagine.
"In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals." ~Mohandas Gandhi
“Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe –the open sesame to every soul.” ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” ~ Albert Einstein
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead