AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE19 By Rufus M. Jones THE American Friends Service Committee was born to meet a supreme crisis in the life of the Society of Friends. Consistent Friends could not take part in the World War nor could they withdraw into a calm retreat and refuse all responsibility for the tragedy that was going on before their eyes. If Quakers had a faith worth preserving they were bound to demonstrate their faith in action and do something with it. Soon after the formation of the Committee, on April 30, 1917, doors were opened for a unit of relief workers in the war zone of northern France and in central Russia. In both fields Amer- ican Quaker workers were joined with English Friends who were previously engaged in tasks of relief. The work in Russia was primarily concerned with helping to care for refugees from Poland who had fled before the oncoming armies of the Central Powers. In France the types of work were multifarious but in a general way the work was what we now call rehabilitation. But from the very beginning the Service Committee was much more than an agency of relief. It was then,
Bulletin of Friends' Historical Association – Friends Historical Association
Published: Apr 4, 1937
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