Our Business Meeting has recently considered the question Should Brexit Matter to Britain Yearly Meeting? and forwarded our concern to our Area Meeting.
Quaker faith springs from a deeply held belief in living our lives according to our spiritual experience. Some of our spiritual insights, which we call our testimonies, spring from deep experience and have been part of Quaker faith for many years.These Quaker testimonies arise out of an inner conviction and challenge our normal ways of living.
Since the 17th century, Quakers have testified against all war and fighting with outward weapons. In the First and Second World Wars, many Quakers refused to fight, because their conscience would not allow them to kill another person.
The recently published booklet Quaker belief in action: conscientious objectors in the First and Second World Wars tells the stories of seven of those conscientious objectors, as remembered by Quakers in Oxford.
Members of Oxford Meeting take an active interest in our community and the wider world. Some participate in the EAPPI, the Living Witness Project, Action AWE, initiatives in civil liberties, and peace vigils at Aldermarston on the first Tuesday of each month. The Meeting has collectively considered issues such as the NHS, spending cuts, global change, and Remembrance Sunday.
We provide free counselling rooms to MEET in Oxford, a new charity offering low-cost trauma therapy.
Oxford Meeting contains several long-term groups working on social issues. These include:
- Oxford Friends Action on Poverty (OxFAP)
- Oxford Friends Action on AIDS
- Quaker volunteers at HMP Grendon