The Peace & Social Concerns Committee has a threefold purpose:
- To work on issues which are pressing and relevant to the social concerns of the Meeting;
- To be a resource for the Meeting to provide people power on specific issues;
- To provide information on peace and social concern issues.
The committee conducts a monthly letter-writing session in which Friends write letters to Congress or the President, and sometimes recommends that the Meeting approve letters to public officials and/or the media.It maintains a current listing of contact information for Congress and the President to encourage Friends to write. (Instructions for letter-writing overseers are here.)
The committee has been providing leadership for a monthly discussion of race and class in our lives, Mt. Toby, and wider Quaker circles. Materials used in that discussion include those listed here.
The committee sends notices over the Peace and Social Concerns email listserve to notify those interested in promoting pending legislation and in supporting local Peace and Social Concerns events .It may suggest actions for the Meeting as a whole, or ask for moral or other support for actions of conscience by Meeting members.
The committee has responsibility for the organizations in a portion of the meeting’s budget – discerning whether they should be recommended for financial support, and if so arranging presentations in the meeting for business and other ways to inform meeting members about them. The process for communicating about these organizations is described here.
Annual reports and other information about P&SC are on the committee’s external web page, though the page may not be quite up to date. An archive of the committee’s minutes back to 2005 is maintained though a password is required to access minutes through 2012. Since 2013, they are publicly available.
The committee’s meetings are open to all, and attendance by all Friends is encouraged. Currently these meetings are at 7pm on the first Monday of each month except August.
Contributions and thoughts from members of MtToby:
- Talking about War – a poem by Eric Wasileski