By Madeline Schaefer
Published: October 23, 2013

On October 13, Friends Meeting of Washington hosted an event for Quakers and the general public to learn more about a new joint working paper recently published by the American Friends Service Commitee and Friends Committee on National Legislation, titled "Shared Security: Reimagining US foreign policy."  The document, published in April 2013, lays out new ways that the U.S. can engage with the global community, based on principles of cooperation and human security.

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By Lucy Duncan
Published: October 15, 2013

“Can the Bible be redeemed? Has it been used as a weapon so much that we cannot redeem it?” These were questions that the Rev. Naim Ateek, founder of the Friends of Sabeel, asked at the Wide Tent for Justice: Next Steps for Peace in Palestine/Israel conference at the St. James Episcopal Church in Chicago, co-sponsored by AFSC.

I had arrived a little late and slipped into the room where...

Published: October 3, 2013

Note: Elaine Lane is the founder of David’s Shoes, an organization based out of Irvington, New Jersey, that is “Helping Children and Teens Honor Life.” Inspired by AFSC’s “Eyes Wide Open” exhibit, Elaine is collecting 3792 shoes to start her own exhibit, commemorating the number of children killed by gun violence in the United States in 1998, the year her own son was killed. I met up with her in AFSC’s Newark office, where she was meeting with AFSC staff to talk about her work against teen...

By Sandra Tamari
Published: September 30, 2013

Note: For the past 46 years, Israel has occupied the Palestinian territory of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip. It has illegally moved its own population into Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank, confiscating Palestinian land and exploiting Palestinian natural resources. The companies that provide services to these Jewish-only settlements are complicit in the development of an apartheid system. In this guest blog post, Palestinian Quaker Sandra Tamari tells about an effective effort in her community to raise awareness and put pressure on one...

By Madeline Schaefer
Published: September 19, 2013

Note:  Quakers around the world are working for peace in Israel/Palestine by joining or supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which takes economic action to end Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in the West Bank. Below is a list of minutes and statements supporting the BDS movement, and calling on all governments to end the dehumanizing effects of the Israeli government.

This month, a U.S....