I heard this read from the Quakers’ ‘Faith and Practice’ yesterday (which I recently found out was all online, here), and was very moved by how it describes what a life committed to peace might look like, especially that last sentence – ‘we need to train to wage peace’. It’s taken from Chapter 24, paragraph 11.
The peace testimony is about deeds not creeds; not a form of words but a way of living. It is the cumulative lived witness of generations of Quakers… The peace testimony is not about being nice to people and living so that everyone likes us. It will remain a stumbling block and will itself cause conflict and disagreement. The peace testimony is a tough demand that we should not automatically accept the categories, definitions and priorities of the world. We look to the Spirit, rather than to prescriptive hypothetical statements. The peace testimony, today, is seen in what we do, severally and together, with our lives. We pray for the involvement of the Spirit with us, that we may work for a more just world. We need to train to wage peace.