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THE TESTIMONY OF PEACE was one of the earliest of Friends’ testimonies to be articulated. It arose from the recognition of the connection of inward to outward peace. Having found inward peace at the heart of their spiritual experience, Friends saw how war and other forms of outward violence were not compatible with their inward experience. Knowing that each human being had that of God within meant that killing any other human being was wrong. Seeing that war had its roots in fear, hatred, greed, ignorance and injustice meant that engaging in it would be spiritually as well as physically destructive. Recognizing the wrongness of war freed Friends to seek other, more productive and loving ways to address the root causes of conflict.

At Friends Seminary, we work to resolve conflicts with empathy, understanding and mutual respect, rejecting physical or emotional violence. When we succumb to reactivity we lose the opportunity to respond creatively in ways that are potentially beneficial to all. We compassionately witness the inner strife of those we disagree with to find common ground. We strive to examine the message within the conflict and move forward peacefully.

How does peace make our community stronger?

How are peace and justice intertwined, and can we have peace without justice?

What are peaceful ways to express and respond to anger?


“The places to begin acquiring the skills and maturity and generosity to avoid or resolve conflicts are in our homes, our personal relationships, our schools, our workplaces, and wherever decisions are made.”


“I have no idea of submitting tamely to injustice inflicted either on me or on the slave. I will oppose it with all the moral powers with which I am endowed.”


“Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger and cold . . . Peace can only last when human rights are respected, where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.”

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