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Diane Randall: A civil and productive discourse will emerge, out of necessity

RNS asked some of the country’s top faith leaders, scholars and activists to consider what changes the religion landscape will see in 2018. Find all their predictions here.

(RNS) — The testimonies of Quakers call us to live with integrity and simplicity and to work for peace and equality and to seek an earth restored. We want our lives to speak to the belief that there is that of God in every person. 

2017 saw a wave of increased activism from millions of people across the country who made their voices heard at unprecedented levels. They showed up at congressional offices, town halls, sent emails, and jammed phone lines. People were moved to act by moral concerns and deeply held beliefs about the values and vision of what this country should be.

Faith communities came together in powerful ways to amplify the scriptural teachings that inform these critical questions about the common good, the role of government, how we treat each other and our earth — from welcoming immigrants and refugees, to assuring people have health care, to protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink. The commitment to economic and racial justice, human rights, diplomacy and peace are essential to Quakers. This aroused passion for social justice will grow in 2018.

We are at a moment in time when the power of prophetic witness is sorely needed. How will we love our neighbor without exceptions? From preventing war with North Korea to ending U.S. military support that fuels the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, we will speak out for peace and human rights. From pressing for permanent and just solutions for Dreamers to assuring the support of the federal government to assist struggling families pay for health care, housing and food on the table, we will advocate for people who are poor. The public is looking for leaders to articulate a direction for this country that is just and compassionate.

This means we will speak truth with love. In an atmosphere of anger and hateful rhetoric, we seek to fill the void of productive and civil discourse that people around the country are thirsting for. Our values and objectives remain the same regardless of who is in power or the political climate.

(Diane Randall is the Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The views expressed in this opinion piece are not necessarily those of Religion News Service.)

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  • I have answered every single one of the discussions here so please feel free to go and look at other responses but my response here will be the same as the others: Society is READY for understanding the difference between their SOUL and EGO now: The time has come to understand the TRUE meaning of religion is for the SOUL within them and the ego while ruled by the antichrist spirit of the world in everyone, doesn’t have to be a PROBLEM as long as the SOUL IS ABOVE IT: It can actually become a wonderful place for the SOUL IN MANKIND to serve in the world, while knowing its allegiance is with the HIGHER mind that all religions speak of but are not yet MANIFESTING in the world: Ego is our INDIVIDUAL identity that we don’t easily overcome in favor of our higher moral unified God conscious identity: We do live in two worlds but it is time for the souls to RISE above the egos and let the ego give to Cesar but the soul must come to understand and LIVE the LAW OF LOVE your neighbor as YOUR SELF: I am 65 and in 1992 I experienced the “RETURN OF CHRIST” as he will come to all in due time (I COR 15) because it isn’t like Judaism where Israel all saw God at the same time: Here the past 2000 years there have been individual ascents (raptures) from Acts 2 till NOW: God added to the TRUE CHURCH daily: The true church is the ONE of the SOUL while the many churches of the ego (sects and denominations) have nothing to do with God but with the ego’s attempt to control God and mankind. Yet even here God is at work just as he is in the world in spite of all egosim, HOLINESS does exist and it does do its work under ground, in the silence of the SOUL: BE STILL MY SOUL for I AM GOD: Here is my youtube page and a group I felt would be helpful (SELF HELP, not run by me): God knows what we need so if anyone is seeking, asking and knocking, HE IS THERE to answer and open:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4G9nlZDzjSRlKiydg9C1wg/videos

    https://www.truthinlove.us/

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