“Atomic energy is not the only basic force in the universe. Behind the fuss and fanfare, the wars and rumors of wars, something incredibly real and active works silently, indefatigably. For those who have met its conditions, it is more than a belief; it is an experience. ..
It is my task, and the task of the pacifist, to demonstrate convincingly, in life and actions, that this power of the spirit is real, that it is an alternative to violence, and that it can work for the healing of nations.”
(Charles C. Walker, Captive of the Spirit, article in Motive magazine January, 1946) Also featured in A Quaker Behind the Dream, due out soon!
“As the worm is transformed into a butterfly in the chrysalis, so is the enemy transformed by our prayers. So also are we changed into a new form, a liberated form closer to God.”
Charles C. Walker, “Prayer of a Righteous Man,” speech Circa 1954.
“The quality of our prayer is affected by what we do. Do we invoke blessing or greed? Can we pray that evil befalls another? Jesus said if you have anything against your brother, go to him and talk it over. Action and prayer are interrelated.”
Charles C. Walker, “Prayer of a Righteous Man,” notes for a speech, circa 1954.
“Each man [and woman] is unique. This is confirmed by facts of biological diversity. Nature has taken great pains to make each person unique. ” Charles C. Walker, “Prayer of a Righteous Man,” notes for a speech, circa 1954.