Epistles, Minutes and Statements
These are all corporate statements from conferences or other groups that I had a direct hand in helping to draft, usually as a member of a conference or gathering's drafting committee.
1968 Richmond Declaration on the Draft & Conscription
This declaration was made at the close of the National Friends Conference on the Draft & Conscription. It provided strong support for Friends led to take the noncooperator or "resister" position on the draft and urged meetings to provide a wide variety forms of support for Friends taking this stance. Up until this time most Friends bodies only supported corporately those taking the C.O. position. The statement was often read at Quaker resisters' trials after it was issued.Epistle from the 1985 World Gathering of Young Friends
This gathering of 300 YAFs from all branches of Friends and all corners of the world was extremely divided early in the week. The gathering was strongly led by the Holy Spirit and able to agree on a strong statement that has been widely circulated among Friends since that time.Epistle from Quaker Camp at Stillwater
This epistle was sent out from the first gathering of what is now known as "Quaker Spring" and focuses (like the WGYF epistle) on coming together to follow God's leading across differences in theological language and background. The gathering was held in Barnesville, Ohio, in June 2007.Closing Minute from Quaker Spring 2011
Sums up the experience of Friends at this gathering held at The Meeting School in Rindge, NH. Focuses on the importance of willingness to share one's brokenness with other members of one's faith community.Minute of Philadelphia YM Called Session on Climate Change
. I participated in this session and wrote a draft of the minute which was adopted with minor changes by this session. It appears towards the end of the Epistle
from that session.