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Amanda J. Keller
Religion:
Quaker
Occupation: Student
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 educationnuclear abolition
women’s rights, diversity training

“I believe the root cause of intolerance and discrimination is ignorance. Getting to know other 
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 years. 
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 life."