Our Involvement in Social Issues

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 experiences 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.

True godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavours to mend it

william penn, quaker faith & practice 21.17

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 which was founded by three members of Oxford Meeting and offers low-cost trauma focused therapy.

Oxford Meeting contains several long-term groups working on social issues. These include:

Such current involvement grows out of a rich Quaker history. 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.