QUERIES ON EQUALITY and JUSTICE
Friends hold that all people are equal in the eyes of God and have equal access to the “inner Light.” Friends treat each person with respect, looking for “that of God” in everyone.
Early Quakers granted equal spiritual authority to women, refused to use forms of address that recognized social distinctions, supported religious freedom, and worked to abolish slavery.
We reject all forms of discrimination, whether based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, immigration status, class, gender, age, ability, or sexual orientation. We work to change the beliefs, practices and institutions that perpetuate prejudice.
1. Do we try to remember that there is “that of God” in every person, even those we think are “bad” or “mean”? Can we think of ways of reaching “that of God” in those people?
2. How do I try to establish personal relationships with people whose backgrounds differ from mine, whether across class, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability?
3. What can we do to make sure that all people are treated fairly? How can I speak up and act in a loving way when I see or hear injustices?
4. How can we help people in need?
5. How can I speak my “truth” (my belief in equality and justice) with someone who disagrees with me? How can I honor the human dignity of people on two sides of an issue?