Welcome to the webpage for Peace Month 2012! (en Español)
Peace Month occurs throughout Northwest Yearly Meeting each January. Our theme for this year is SPICE: the Quaker Testimonies (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality). The goal of this year’s Peace Month is to situate the peace testimony within the context of all the Quaker testimonies–in other words, within a more complete understanding of the Quaker take on the gospel message.
Scroll down to view the Leader’s Handbook including sermon suggestions, suggestions for children’s and youth activities, speakers and discussion leaders and a document explaining the Friends testimonies. There is also free, downloadable music on the Friends testimonies by NWYM musicians!
We also have a devotional-style Daily Reader, with an entry written by individuals from across NWYM for each day. There is a version for reading on your computer, as well as a printable version that makes a 2-sided booklet.
Each meeting is encouraged to host at least one event each week during January related to the SPICE testimonies. This can be in the form of an emphasis on peace in a regularly scheduled gathering (e.g., Sunday morning worship), or a special event such as showing and discussing a movie or inviting a guest speaker. Your whole congregation could be involved in these, or you could emphasize these testimonies with each age level on different weeks. We suggest using these weekly themes to form sermons, discussions, guest lectures, Sunday school classes and events.
- January 1-7 – Simplicity
- January 8-14 – Peace
- January 15-21 – Integrity
- January 22-28 – Community
- January 29-February 4 – Equality
By the end of Peace Month, it is our hope that individuals:
- will be better educated about the Friends testimonies,
- will sense deeper bonds with others in their meeting through opportunities to discuss our denominational history more openly
- and feel challenged and equipped to follow Christ’s call more faithfully as Friends with a history as well as a future.
We don’t want to create extra work for those in leadership at your meeting, so we hope the resources provided will give you a variety of options that will fit your congregation’s needs while helping you incorporate education about these important aspects of what it means to be Friends into your annual curriculum.