Harpenden Meeting is a constituent meeting of Luton and Leighton Area Meeting and of Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Our Meetings for Worship are normally held on Sundays at 11:00 am and on the second Friday of the month at 7:45 pm. Our Meeting House is located at 12 Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PD
A statement by members of Harpenden Quaker Meeting on the war in Ukraine
We are very distressed by the suffering caused by the war in Ukraine and we hold in the Light all those who are affected by it. Members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) have a long history of peacefully opposing violence and promoting the peaceful resolution of conflict through organisations such as the United Nations.
In signing the charter of the United Nations, member states commit themselves to being ‘determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’. The latest war in Ukraine demonstrates that members have failed to achieve this. There will be no winners in this war, only losers and the people who will lose most will be the people of Ukraine. We urge the parties to this conflict to return to the negotiating table to save the people of Ukraine from further bloodshed and to discover the benefits that peace can bring to all parties.
Since the ending of the cold war, the people of Europe have enjoyed the benefits of increased cooperation in many aspects of life in our global village, but we appear to be about to throw these away. We call on all parties to recommit themselves to the UN processes that are designed to reduce the risk of armed conflict, especially the threat of nuclear weapons and to use the good offices of the United Nations to facilitate negotiations for a just peace. In this way, international resources can then be released to address the real problems of the world such as disease, poverty and especially climate change.