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16 June 2006


'To find hell and carry some Light down there' - preview

US Quaker Conference Against Torture

No one wants to talk about torture
  • It is too big a topic, too ugly
  • It is easier to ignore and deny
  • But John Calvi, a widely-known Quaker healer and massage therapist from Putney, Vermont, was led to invite Friends to stop ignoring and start confronting the dreadful realities
  • Calvi's leading resulted in founding QUIT: A Quaker Initiative to End Torture
  • With less than eighteen months' lead time, QUIT organizers sponsored a conference from 2 to 4 June in Greensboro, North Carolina, supported by seed money from FWCC Section of the Americas
  • In opening remarks at the conference, John Calvi stated, 'We need to find the worst that's going on and go out and help
  • Allow this work to change you: feel your shock deeply, feel your grief deeply
  • And keep wondering, “What can I bring to this work?” It's good for Quakers to find hell and carry some Light down there
  • '

    Ellen McGeorge, Bournemouth & Swanage MM

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