North Seattle Friends Meeting is devastated by the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and others by law enforcement officers and vigilantes. We, as followers of Jesus Christ, affirm that there is that of God in everyone. The recent killings, as much as those of the past, fly in the face of that sacred truth. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement against the racist system that creates this violence and protects its perpetrators. We cannot, with our Quaker testimony of peace, stand idle and remain neutral in the face of this state-sponsored violence. We will actively address the racism within ourselves, our meeting, and the wider community. This statement is merely a first step to commit us to action and growth.
Approved at Meeting for Business on October 4, 2020
North Seattle Friends Church