Agate Passage FrienDS MEETING
Bainbridge Island & kITSAP cOUNTY, Washington

After the Shock Has Passed: Quaker Commitments to Work
for Healing, Justice and Peace

A Statement from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the American Friends Service Committee, Friends General Conference and Friends World Committee for Consultation

PHILADELPHIA - September 26 - Now that the initial shock of the September 11 terrorist
attacks have passed, deep grief and profound anger have set in for many of us. Now the
critical questions that confront us all are several: How can we best comfort those who
mourn? How can we begin to heal some of the wounds to all of our souls as well as our
bodies? How can we see that justice is really done? How can we build bridges of
understanding and reconciliation among all people so that there is no more harm done and
no more hatred sown? How can we begin anew the work of creating a world where there can
really be peace, addressing the injustice and despair which are so often the seeds of
violence, so there will be no more victims? 

These are the tasks to which a God of love calls all members of the human family. How will
we respond? 

As organizations of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and people of faith we find
ourselves challenged to continue to respond to the tragic and horrific events of September
11. Indeed, we feel called - and believe all people of good will are called now - to respond to
these events and the hurts they have caused in ways that are deeper and more sustained
than our initial shock and grief may have allowed. In particular, we believe the work of
building a different and better world, one in which all persons are seen as sacred because
we are all children of God, one where this kind of act would not happen again, is the calling
of all of us who worship a God of truth, grace and mercy. 

To our dismay, we have heard people in the highest levels of our government calling for
retribution rather than justice. To our astonishment we hear the talk of war and plans for war
in which our nation in turn would cause the death of innocents - the sin which so appalled
us - asserting this will somehow put things right. To our sorrow, we have seen people from
many walks of life in our own communities striking out in their anger against other people in
our communities just because of the faith they profess, the color of their skin or the country
of their origin. 

We say with certainty that these statements, plans and actions will not lead us to healing,
justice or peace; and we pray they will cease. 

In contrast, we commit ourselves, to reach out to all who have been injured in any way by
the events of the past week; and to offering comfort, solace, and practical support in any
way we can. We commit ourselves to reach out to those whose backgrounds, cultures and
faith may be different than our own; and to listen and learn, in hopes of building the
foundations of understanding and respect on which peace can be built. We support the
prosecution of those who perpetrated this horrendous crime; and commit ourselves to the
achievement of justice under law and due process, including international law. 

Finally we commit ourselves to praying and working for righteousness and reconciliation, as
the God of Abraham, Jesus, and Mohammed has taught us, so that there may be no more
victims of hate and terror anywhere. 

Signatures follow 

Mary Ellen McNish, General Secretary
American Friends Service Committee 

Thomas H. Jeavons, General Secretary
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends 

Bruce Birchard, General Secretary
Friends General Conference 

Cilde Grover, Executive Secretary 
Friends World Committee for Consultation 
Section of the Americas