relationships with others, both inside and outside the home, our
lives as Friends speak immediately and lastingly. In these
relationships, our faith may also be severely tested.We are called
respond to that of God in everyone: we are all children of God.
Friends celebrate any union that is dedicated to mutual love and
respect, regardless of the unique make-up of the family.We strive to
create homes where the Spirit of the Divine resides at the center and
where the individual genius of each member is respected and
sexuality is a divine gift, forming part of the complex union of
body, mind and spirit that is our humanity. In a loving
adult relationship in a context of mutual responsibility, sexuality
brings delight, fulfillment and celebration.
presence of children carries a special blessing as well as responsibility.
Children bring unique spiritual gifts — wonder,
resiliency, playfulness and more. Recognize and honor the Divine
Light within children and treat them with the dignity and respect
that is due to all people. Listen to and learn from children; share
with them those values and practices that are central to our own
lives. Special care must be given to resolving problems between
adults and children in a manner that gives equal weight to the
feelings and needs of both children and adults. Tender parenting
one of the critically important peace vocations in our society.Make
every effort to offer all parents the personal and institutional
support that this challenging work requires.
a strong stand against any form of abuse, whether that abuse is minor
or severe, and whether it is emotional, physical or sexual
nature. The terrible impact of abuse on the most vulnerable
members of our families creates lifelong suffering for its victims
is a major source of violence in our society. Perpetrators are
themselves usually victims of similar violence and should be
approached with compassion as well as firmness.
I make my home a place of friendliness, joy, and peace, where residents
and visitors feel God’s presence?
my sexual practices consistent with my spiritual beliefs and free
of manipulation and exploitation?
barriers keep me from responding openly and lovingly to each person?
we open our thoughts, beliefs, and deep understandings to our
children and others who share our lives and our
we provide our children and young adults with a framework for
active, ongoing participation in the Meeting?