Date: Monday, Oct. 9 (one session only)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Enrollment: 10 min./25 max.
Focus for this class will be on the beginnings of Quakerism and on the wide spectrum of Quaker expression in the 21st century. Discover how the Religious Society of Friends, formed during the English Civil War (1642-1651), offered a peaceful but strong challenge to both the state church and the violent Puritan forces. During this time, George Fox and others followed the “Christ within” to take pacifist stands and to testify to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, forming a non-hierarchal religious society that challenged not only war, but also inequality, religious persecution, social injustice, sexism, and the roots of poverty. In the ensuing centuries, a relatively small number of Quakers have influenced social movements, such as the abolition of slavery, prison reform, women’s civil and human rights, universal suffrage, relief for victims of war, conscientious objection to war, and living the testimonies of Integrity, Peace, Simplicity, Equality, Community, and Sustainability. The Society went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize after WWII.
Val Liveoak has been a Quaker since 1983 and currently serves as Co-Clerk of Friends Meeting of San Antonio. She has also served as Clerk of South Central Yearly Meeting, on a number of local and national Quaker
committees and co-founded Friends Peace Teams in 1993. She recently retired from Peacebuilding en las Americas, which has provided over 500 nonviolence workshops in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Colombia since 2002.