By Peter Lems
Published: November 22, 2013

Several weeks ago, we invited our Quaker meeting/church liaisons to join our staff on a call to learn more about the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars” youth film festival, which is entering its fourth year. The festival asks young people (middle school through college age) to create a short film on how they would redirect the money in our nation's budget that has been spent on war.

Below are the reflections of AFSC staff member Peter Lems on the festival that call on the impact young people are making in furthering dialogue...

By Robert Awkward
Published: November 19, 2013

Note: I met Robert Awkward last year during his internship with Erin Polley and the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" (IHTD) youth film festival. The festival invites young people around the country to engage in conversations around how to shift our nation's budget priorities from militarism and war, to supporting the resources that communities need to thrive. 

Though Robert and I both attended the Friends General Conference Gathering last...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: November 12, 2013

Note: A month ago, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, spoke at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum, as the first lecturer in a series addressing violence. I had heard her before, but this time her message seemed even sharper and more urgent. 

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By Lucy Duncan
Published: November 7, 2013

Niyonu Spann and I presented a keynote address at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting sessions this summer in which we examined the anatomy of racism in individuals and organizations and explored how the Spirit can break through the dynamics of white supremacy to offer healing and transformation. The session was described in the yearly meeting epistle this way:

On Saturday evening, Friends ...

By Sharon Goens-Bradley
Published: November 4, 2013

 

Note: Sharon Goens-Bradley, the Healing Justice Program Director in Minneapolis, shared this message at Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) this summer and agreed to let us publish it here at Acting in Faith. - Lucy

Are you a good person?

Most of us want to be seen as “good people”. For decades I liked to think of myself that way. However, I have recently come to the belief that it’s our attachment to being seen as “good” that causes much of the harm in the world.

I was raised in a small Michigan town. My family consisted of parents and two...