Making precious what is precarious

Sam Donaldson was part of a delegation that visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily. He reflects on his experience.

Sam Donaldson examines a wall of lifejackets. | Photo: © Damian Jackson, 2017 / CTBI Delegation to Mediterranean Hope.

The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the world

Paul Farmer

At the heart of the Quaker tradition in which I stand lies the conviction that every life is equally precious. As Advices & queries 22 puts it: ‘Remember that each one of us is unique, precious, a child of God.’ Thankfully, we Quakers are not alone in thinking this way and many other traditions, both religious and secular, share a common conviction that every life is precious.

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