In this time of increasing recognition of and actions on a wide range of social justice issues, by a rapidly increasing number of people, there comes a growing awareness of how interrelated these things are.
Each summer Quakers in the Midwest, who belong to Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative), gather at Scattergood Friends School and Farm just outside West Branch, Iowa. We spend the week enjoying each other’s company, worshipping, and sharing the work involved, such as washing dishes and sweeping the floor and caring for the children. We learn what social justice organizations have been doing, and we take care of our business matters. Sometimes a Minute, a statement related to our beliefs to be shared with others, is brought from a committee for approval.
This summer during our Peace and Social Concerns Committee meetings there was a sense of the interconnections among the many things we are concerned about. Following is the Minute that was approved.