| Amanda J.
Time in Williamsport area: 10 years
Place Born: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Hobbies: Outdoor activities, tennis,
poetry, and music
Issues of Importance: Social and political
peace efforts, conflict
resolution education, nuclear
I believe the root cause of intolerance and
discrimination is ignorance. Getting to know
community members and learning about their
culture, religion and beliefs will
increase understanding and encourage further
conversation and interaction.
Quakers are Christians who believe that each
human being has The Inner
Light. Quakers are strongly opposed to
war and violence of any form. The core beliefs
that compose the foundation of Quakerism
include, simplicity, honesty, integrity,
peacefulness, nonviolence, and humbleness.
Quakers believe in the value of each individual
person, regardless of creed,
color, heritage, or sexual orientation.
Quakers are also strongly opposed to ignorance of
any form including prejudice,
discrimination, racism, or sexism.
I have been an active member of our youth
program, The Young Friends, for eight
As a group, we have volunteered at the Ronald
McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity,
The Philadelphia Housing Project, soup
kitchens, nursing homes, and many more. We have
participated in violence education, conflict
resolution and prevention programs, marches for
peace, anti-death penalty marches and we
even traveled to the Netherlands to attend a
Peace Conference at the Hague. This group has made
a very significant positive impact upon my