80 There is neither
Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither
male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
My employer, having a Negro woman, sold her and directed me to write
a bill of sale, the man being waiting who bought her. The
sudden, and though the thoughts of writing an instrument of slavery
one of my fellow creatures felt uneasy, yet I remembered I was hired
year, that it was my master who directed me to do it, and that it
elderly man, a member of our Society, who bought her; so through
weakness I gave way and wrote it, but at the executing it, I was
in my mind that I said before my master and the Friend that I believed
slavekeeping to be a practice inconsistent with the Christian religion.
in some degree abated my uneasiness, yet as often as I reflected
upon it I thought I should have been clearer if I had desired to
from it as a thing against my conscience, for such it was.
john woolman, 1742
Now more aware of the socially inflicted suffering of people who
love others of the same sex, we affirm the power and joy of non-exploitive,
loving relationships. As a Society and as individuals, we oppose
social, economic, or legal abridgment of the right to share this
pacific yearly meeting, 1972
The Spirit has led us from our foundation to recognize the equality
of women and men in the people of God. Early Friends taught
the redemptive activity of Christ restored men and women to their
before the fall, as equal help-meets both made in the image of God.
we have not been immune from influences in our surrounding culture,
have sought to practise this equality in our structures. We know
spirit gives as wide and diverse gifts to women as to men and acts
effectively through women as through men. In our mind, a church which
does not fully recognise and encourage the gifts and ministries of
people is imperfectly realising the body of Christ.
london yearly meeting, to lima with love, 1987