Follow After Righteousness

Our principle is, and our practices have always been, to seek peace, and ensue it, and to follow after righteousness and the knowledge of God, seeking the good and welfare, and doing that which tends to the peace of all. 

All bloody principles and practices we do utterly deny, with all outward wars, and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatsoever, and this is our testimony to the whole world. 

That spirit of Christ by which we are guided is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing as evil, and again to move unto it; and we do certainly know, and so testify to the world, that the spirit of Christ which leads us into all Truth will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for the kingdoms of this world.”

— Margaret Fell, 1660
Letter to King Charles II

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Margaret Fell, known as the mother of Quakerism, wrote this letter to the king to appeal for religious freedom and the release of Friends in prison for their refusal to swear allegiance to the crown. It was the first public statement of the Quaker peace testimony. Take a few minutes to journal in response to this excerpt from Fell’s letter. What comes up for you as you read it? Write about a time when you “follow[ed] after righteousness and the knowledge of God.”

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