National and World Concerns:
Shoffner International Educational Fund:
Made possible through an endowment by John Shoffner, member of Third Haven Friends Meeting, the Shoffner Fund operates with a Market Value (12/31/2018) of $16,531.17 in funds held by Friends Fiduciary Trust and a semi annual income of $322.94 available for distribution to support Quaker International education. Testimonies and Concerns administers this fund and the award of monies.
For FY 2018, we have identified two projects for awards: Los Patojos, in Jocotenango, Guatemala, a school that offers an accredited education program for students PreK to 9th grade, and impacts 375 children providing free classes, tutoring, meals and medical care. BQEF, Bolivian Quaker Education Fund, to support the award of scholarships. Third Haven Friends Meeting has participated with this Quaker affiliated group in the past. They provide scholarships for advanced education in Bolivia.
Nuclear Weapons Ban:
Third Haven Monthly Meeting approved this minute in 2017.
In accordance with the Quaker Peace Testimony, Quakers have worked tirelessly for abolition of nuclear weapons ever since United States airplanes dropped two of these secretly produced bombs on August 6 and 9, 1945. The bombs destroyed both Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, and the world has not yet recovered from all that those two bombs destroyed. This treaty may seem imperfect to many Friends because it does not seek the elimination of nuclear energy as well as weapons. It is, however, the longest step world governments have taken toward the actual elimination of these weapons from our already wounded earth. There is much work yet to do if we are to achieve actual abolition, to which our own government is adamantly opposed. The United States Congress has allocated a trillion dollars, already being used, to modernize our own nuclear arsenal over the next thirty years. Very few of our citizens are even aware of this new United Nations treaty since the major media have not reported on its development or discussed publicly its impact. We request that all Friends and Quaker Meetings, which are so led, join to make this Treaty more widely known. Let us show our fellow citizens that the door to abolition of nuclear weapons is open. Let us proceed together as the Spirit leads and as the Way opens.