I know I’ve been fawning over the Quakers for a couple of days, but I get to have a schoolgirl crush on a denomination, don’t I? Anyway, one more thing I liked about the service was its integration on social justice. Being a denomination that identifies more overtly with peace, they are naturally concerned about the Iraq war.
But the issue was not handled with a single reference, say, to what the social justice committee would be working on this month. There were three legislative “call to action” sheets next to the visitor’s book that addressed different issues raised by the war; support of the resolution in opposition to President Bush’s proposed (or already-proceeding) escalation of the number of troops in Iraq was one, and it included both phone numbers for representatives and senators and background information.
But in addition to that, the war issues were mentioned in the bulletin for the week, and at the end of the silence, one member announced that people who apply for driver’s licenses are being required to register for the draft at the same time. If I understood correctly, applicants who weren’t willing to register for the draft are being denied driver’s licenses, and so the Quakers who were concerned about this were encouraged to meet this week to talk about what to do in the interest of conscientious objectors.
Compared to the churches I’ve been to, not just since I started this blog but in general, this seemed like an unusual amount of integration of social action with worship and services. I approved wholeheartedly. Go, Quakers! Take State!