To study the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is to commit to peace.
— Setsuko Thurlow
The Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College works for peace by bearing witness to the historical experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing survivors and the legacies of nonviolent activists touched by the horrors of nuclear war.
1. Commitment to Nonviolence:
We commit to nonviolence in the footsteps of our Quaker founder and peace activist Barbara Leonard Reynolds (1915-1990) and our Quaker-founded institution, Wilmington College, by adhering to the tenet set forth in the 1660 “The Quaker Peace Testimony”: “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fighting with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatsoever…”
2. Commitment to Disarmament:
We commit to working toward nuclear disarmament by educating others about the legacies of the international post-WWII community of atomic bombing survivors and nuclear disarmament activists who have declared “Never Again” and by connecting those legacies to the movement for nuclear disarmament in the present.
3. Commitment to Peace Inquiry and Consciousness:
We commit to intellectual inquiry into nonviolence and peace by preserving and advancing our “Barbara Reynolds Memorial Collection” which bears witness to the inhumane destructiveness of nuclear weapons. We safeguard its testimonies, we help its voices to speak, and we encourage research and scholarship.
4. Commitment to Just Peace:
We nurture intergenerational communities of peace though our educational programming in nuclear disarmament, human rights, and conflict resolution. We work with student groups and community organizations to realize the promise of a global, multicultural world, teaching student and community members how to foster peace and social justice in their communities and future workplaces.