At a time when there is much talk about the growing inequality in American society it is a happy event when the pursuit of equality can be celebrated. On June 13 we Friends (Quakers) are gathering to mark the completion of our new access ramp into our Meetinghouse. Our new entrance is equally available to all. This is a testimony to the Quaker belief that there is that of the Divine in every person. Over the centuries most Quakers have worked to remove discriminatory barriers and stand by their belief in equality.
As part of the celebration Montclair Friends have invited the 19th century Quaker minister Lucretia Mott to share her wisdom about equality. Kim Hanley of the American Historical Theater is traveling from Philadelphia to bring Mott to life.
Lucretia Mott, 1793-1880, was a tireless worker for the abolition of slavery. In addition after facing blatant anti-woman discrimination at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, Mott became a leader in the movement for women’s rights that culminated in the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.
Faced with injustices today many become cynical about whether change is possible. Lucretia stands out as a person who had a spiritual approach to championing equality. She believed she was discerning God’s truth when she preached. She was the embodiment of the sentiment “speak truth to power” in her day.
The public is invited to join in our celebration of our access ramp. We hope you will come and hear what Lucretia has to say. The event begins at 1 pm at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 289 Park Street, Montclair.