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A Movement of Conscience in New York Yearly Meeting

Conscience is an inward knowledge of right and wrong, along with a compulsion to do what is right. It requires judgment and action. Sometimes conscience appears in an instant of clarity, but often it grows as we pay attention to it and develop it. It is a gift of the Spirit. A movement of conscience arises when the dictates of conscience are violated by the laws of governments. People who have tested their consciences and recognize their freedom gather to express this gift together. Philosopher and activist Jim Corbett, in his book Goatwalking, describes this movement as "civil🔒

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Karen A. Reixach, a member of Rochester (N.Y.) Meeting, is co-clerk of New York Yearly Meeting’s Committee on Conscientious Objection to War. She edited this article, which was compiled by the committee.


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