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Peace

The Quaker Peace Testimony is the oldest such concern - it dates back to the 17th Century.

Letter from Northern MM to Parliamentary Leaders, October 2014, on the conflict in Iraq and Syria

Letter from our Co-clerks, Yearly Meeting of Aotearoa New Zealand about the proposed use of a 100-gun salute in Wellington on Monday 4 August 2014 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Read the letter here.

Lest we Forget – Statement from the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Yearly Meeting of Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Hāhi Tūhauwiri, May 2014. On the eve of commemorations of  World War I, Quakers in Aotearoa New Zealand are concerned that history is not reinvented to glorify war. Read the statement here.

Aotearoa/New Zealand Friends chose to write their own version in 1986/7, no doubt influenced by New Zealand's new and controversial non-nuclear stance. The statement outlines Quaker views on the imperative need for disarmament, an unequivocal opposition to all wars and violence, and a commitment towards the building of a peaceful world. Read the full YM Peace Statement

Read recollections of the Peace Statement and how it was put together at the combined Yearly Meeting/Summer Gathering at St Kevin’s College in Oamaru in 1987

Listen to a talk by Kevin Clements, given on Radio New Zealand National on Anzac Day, 25th April 2014, at https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/anzacday/audio/2593694/professor-kevin-clements. (This is also on our radio interviews page.)

Kevin Clements grew up in the household of a pacifist and conscientious objector. We find out how that has influenced his life and how he is encouraging peace around the world.  Duration:  30′ 52″  Press arrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              Quakers in Cathedral Square - Circle of Peace, 17 March 2006

 

 
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