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The Dover Area Religious Leaders Association

The Cocheco Forum

Homelessness Study Guide
Discussion Statement
Quaker Tradition

John Woolman,a New Jersey Quaker (1720-1772). Woolman spent his life in a heroic effort to bring to light the evil of slavery. It was as a result of his persuasion that the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends forbade its members to own slaves (in 1758, more than a hundred years before the Civil War.) Woolman was concerned with injustice and inequality throughout the colonial society that he knew.

From A Plea for the Poor

Our gracious Creator cares and provides for all his creatures. His tender mercies are over all his works, and so far as his love influences our minds, so far we become interested in his workmanship and feel a desire to take hold of every opportunity to lessen the distresses of the afflicted and increase the happiness of the creation. Here we have a prospect of one common interest from which our own is inseparable--that to turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives.