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Religions 2018, 9(5), 155;

The Quaker Sanctuary Tradition

Anthropology Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
This article is based on primary and secondary research, including participant observation and interviews, in the United States, United Kingdom, and France.
Received: 27 March 2018 / Revised: 23 April 2018 / Accepted: 7 May 2018 / Published: 10 May 2018
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In the beginning of the Religious Society of Friends, in the seventeenth century, Quakers sought sanctuary from persecution in England and its American colonies. Later they provided sanctuary to people fleeing persecution, slavery, and war in many countries. They base their humanitarian efforts on five Testimonies and their core beliefs in the inner light of God in every person and the primacy of individual conscience. Often their sanctuary activities have led them into conflict with repressive governments and religious authorities. Their relief work with refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants, sometimes under dangerous conditions, earned them the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947. Despite their small numbers, Quakers have continued to play leadership roles in humanitarian initiatives up to the present day. Their sanctuary tradition has now flourished for more than 350 years. View Full-Text
Keywords: Religious Society of Friends; Quakers; sanctuary; migrants; humanitarian relief; refugees Religious Society of Friends; Quakers; sanctuary; migrants; humanitarian relief; refugees
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