Quakers and Social Justice

Quakers’ belief in the equality of all persons is at the heart of our historic and contemporary advocacy for the rights of minorities and other marginalized people. Friends’ core beliefs have always led us to advocate for the rights of women, African-Americans, and other disenfranchised minorities. In spite of our small numbers and lack of political power, American Friends played a major role in the movements to abolish slavery and for equal rights for women and freed slaves in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Today, Friends are in the forefront of efforts to provide equal access to education, housing, food, and other basic rights to marginalized people here and all over the world. In the US we have taken a particularly strong role in movements to secure civil rights for sexual minorities, prisoners, and the poor, as well as efforts to protect our environment.


Our belief that a spark of the Divine dwells in each person also motivates us to work for nonviolent solutions to conflict, and to oppose the use of war and violence. Our approach to conflict, from a community dispute to war, is to avoid taking sides, and to provide support and help wherever a need is found.

Many Friends meetings are actively involved with local efforts to help our neighbors who are suffering from poverty, discrimination, homelessness, and other social ills. Doylestown Meeting supports a number of local service organizations and takes a direct role in feeding the hungry in our community.

Doylestown Quakers also support and participate in several national and international organizations that seek to further social justice in the US and around the world. See the Resources page for more information.