Friends Peace Teams is a Spirit-led organization that develops long-term relationships with communities in conflict around the world to work for justice and healing, and to create enduring cultures of peace.
Friends Peace Teams is a Spirit-led organization that develops long-term relationships with communities in conflict around the world to work for peace, justice and healing, and to create enduring cultures of peace.
We rely on the power of the living Spirit to bring life, joy, peace, and justice among people who have suffered on all sides of oppression, violence, or war. Grounded in mutual discernment, we work together as equals to create peaceful, just societies.
…strive to live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars, and come into the covenant of peace which was before wars and strife were. ~ George Fox (1651)
Dr. King described the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love. Larry Apsey designed the Alternatives to Violence Project to create an opportunity to experience peace. On the AVP foundation, we draw on Re-evaluation Counseling, trauma resiliency, developmental play, liberty of conscience, liberation from oppression, and Quaker practices of discernment to heal and rebuild our communities and create cultures of peace.
Let us then try what Love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel. ~ William Penn, 1693
We believe there is that of God in all life, that all people are good and capable. Love, conscience and capabilities don’t spring forth fully formed, they grow as we pay attention through daily life, education and training. Faith and capabilities grow through stewardship and integrity: honesty, authenticity, and consistency among belief, reality, word, action and manner. Therefore Quakers give special attention to education, libraries, and gardens.
Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege. ~ Lucretia Mott, 1793-1880
If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. ~ Lila Watson, Gangulu, Australia
To address ecological and social injustices, Quaker practice is to look first within ourselves and our institutions and uproot the seeds of injustice we find there. We act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and marginalized communities to challenge oppression, and build relationships based on truth with love, respect, justice, and our shared humanity.