Little Falls Friends Meeting is a congregation of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) affiliated with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Our historic meeting house is located in Fallston, just outside of Bel Air, Maryland. We warmly welcome old Friends, new Friends, and all visitors to our Meeting.
Little Falls Meeting Minute for Racial Justice
At the core of our Quaker beliefs is the idea that every individual has within them “The Light of the Divine”. For this reason, we cannot stand by silently while police brutally impact or end the lives of Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner and many others, known and unknown. Along with their friends and families, we mourn for them. They are the most recent victims of a pernicious pattern of racist actions by police and a continued failure of our society to prevent such tragedies.
Do you seek to understand where a person’s words come from when those words are strange or disturbing to you? Do you listen patiently and seek the truth that other people’s thoughts may contain for you? As you learn from others, are you willing to share with them what you in turn have learned? Do you make a practice of turning to the Inner Light for guidance, remembering that living in the Spirit is a process of discernment?
Our belief in the universality of the Inner Light requires us to “walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone” as George Fox urged. No human being is excluded from our sense of community, for we are led by our faith to view human beings as children of God rather than as stereotypes of cultures, nations, or ideologies. It is individual people with whom fellowship must be established, and each Friend must seek in the quiet of worship the personal strength to work at the establishment of community.