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Phoenix Meeting on Abortion

Nancy Marshall
On Conflict (January 2023)

Dear Friends: On Sunday, December 4, 2022, at our regular Meeting for Worship for Business, Phoenix Monthly Meeting approved a minute on abortion.

Phoenix Friends took three months revising this minute, sending it back and forth between our Peace and Social Concerns Committee and the whole meeting. Those of us who brought this statement forward felt general support all along and even appreciation for bringing this concern forward. The final proposal was approved with a strong sense of unity, even while we felt increased concern about violent extremism in the United States.

I am impressed by how the final statement looks extremely different from the original. It is clear to me that one must trust in the process of allowing other Friends to give their spiritual best to improve upon an idea and make changes that had not been seen clearly at the outset.

This minute is in Western Friend’s online library: https://westernfriend.org/media/minute-abortion-phoenix-friends-meeting

– Nancy Marshall, Phoenix Friends Meeting (IMYM)

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