First Sunday Reading for October 2023

October 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Civic Responsibility

We value the part we have in shaping the laws of our country. Our aim is the building of a social order that works toward the expression of divine love.

 If, by divine leading, our attention is focused on a law contrary to divine law, we must proceed with care. We pray for divine guidance; we consult with others who might be affected by our decision. When we reach clearness, we act with conviction.

When our decision involves disobedience to the law, we make the grounds of our action clear to all concerned. If there are penalties, we suffer them without evasion.

We care for those who suffer for conscience’s sake.

  • How am I working for change in government when change is needed?
  • How do I discern between meeting our obligations to the state and society and opposing those contrary to Quaker principles?
  • What am I doing to uphold those acting under a concern aligned with Quaker belief?

In what ways do I care for those who are vulnerable or are in poverty in our communities?


Faith and Practice, NPYM, Religious Society of Friends. P. 67-70