Beaver Park Friends Church
140 Illinois Street I Penrose, CO 81240 I 719-372-6849
Sunday School 9:15 am Sunday Worship 10:30 am
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has been running a campaign for the past few years called Hug a Hunter. With so many people in our state enjoying the outdoors, and since the purchase of hunting and fishing licenses help to support conservation and healthy ecosystems, go ahead and hug an angler or a hunter. I think it is a nice ad campaign. I also think it would be very easy to promote a similar campaign called Hug a Friend.
The Beaver Park Friends Church is part of the Religious Society of Friends and the Evangelical Friends Church, which all began in 1647 when George Fox had an encounter with Jesus Christ. Fox heard a voice saying, “There is one, Christ Jesus, who can speak to thy condition.” The young George Fox knew then that he had found what he had been searching for, and, within 10 years, he found 30,000 others who shared his vision for lives transformed through relationship with Jesus. Fox called this powerful movement of God The Society of Friends, since Jesus said in John 15:14 “You are my friends if you do whatever I command.” One of the early converts to the Friends movement was a gifted young man named William Penn.
King Charles II paid his debt to Penn’s father by giving William a 46,000-square-mile parcel of land in America. In honor of William’s deceased father, the king named the colony Pennsylvania, or Penn’s woods. Since William and the early Friends had suffered greatly at the hands of the church/state of England, Penn wrote into his charter with the citizens of Pennsylvania eight privileges guaranteeing them freedom and liberties which were unique in 17th century Western civilization. Three of the privileges given by Penn made it into the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution some 100 years later.
The First Amendment, guaranteeing the right to freedom of religion, corresponds directly with the first privilege in Penn’s charter. Penn’s second privilege deals with the establishment of a representative form of government, which can be found in the body of the constitution. Penn’s influence on the Fourth Amendment to the constitution, the right of the people to be secure in their persons from illegal search and seizure, can be seen in Penn’s sixth privilege with the citizens of his colony. The fifth privilege granted by Penn corresponds directly with the Sixth Amendment, guaranteeing the rights of criminals.
Along with Penn’s Charter, in 1696 William Penn published a plan for the union of the colonies, which later inspired Article Four, Section One of the Constitution, “Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state.” Thomas Jefferson hailed Penn as the greatest lawgiver the world has produced. Jefferson went on to say that Penn was “the first, either in ancient or modern times, who has laid the foundation of government in the pure and unadulterated principles of peace, of reason and right.”
So, as you go through life in our fine town in this wonderful state of Colorado and the great U.S.A. and you see someone who attends the Beaver Park Friends Church, why not give them a hug in appreciation for the rights you enjoy. Since William Penn isn’t around, any old Friend will do.