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Quaker Traditions of Nonviolence, Pacifism, and Activism


January 26, 2016
7:30 pm - 8:50 pm
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Building 260, Room 113

Lecture by David Harstough. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.

Part of a lecture series on “Religion, Violence, Nonviolence,” offered in conjunction with RELIGST 29 and RELIGST 119. Free and open to the public. Stanford students may register for credit; see Explore Courses for information.

For full list of lectures in the series, click here.

David Hartsough is author of Waging Peace: The Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. He is a Quaker who worked for many years with the American Friends Service Committee and is a founder of Peaceworkers , Nonviolent Peaceforce, and World Beyond War.

The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, broke away from the Church of England and in 1660 declared to King Charles II: “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatever; this is our testimony to the whole world.  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.” Since then the Quakers have developed rich traditions of thought and action around pacifism, nonviolent struggle, and commitment to social justice. David Hartsough will introduce us to the history of Quaker thought and action around violence, nonviolence, and justice, illustrating with stories of his own life’s work.