By Lucy Duncan
Published: March 8, 2013

Jacqueline Duhart, a Unitarian minister, runs a women’s group at Dublin Federal Women’s Prison south of Oakland for AFSC. The original leaders adapted Pace e Bene’s Traveling with the Turtle, a curriculum for women learning nonviolence. As Jacqueline has listened to the women and responded to their needs, she has changed and adapted the work the women do together.  The thread she weaves throughout is that of the power and voice within, working with the women to claim that power to...

By Douglas Bennett
Published: February 27, 2013

Each year as we approach the annual meeting of the AFSC Corporation, I hear people wondering whether the Corporation has outlived its usefulness – or indeed whether it ever had one. 

Newcomers wonder what the Corporation is for, whether it matters that they attend, and whether, if they do, they will really understand the issues in play. Those with experience of past Corporation meetings have many of the same questions.

I am one who believes the Corporation has immense potential value to AFSC – and also that AFSC has immense value to Quakers in the U.S. 

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By Madeline Schaefer
Published: February 25, 2013

 

Learn more about AFSC's growing involvement in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to...

By Johan Maurer
Published: February 22, 2013

In 1968, I was a high school student in Evanston, Ill., firm in my loyalty to the Chicago White Sox and firm in my belief that my country was on the right side in Viet Nam.

One day I walked into the public library. In the new books display I found a book with a dramatically designed cover dominated by one jagged word: "WAR." The subtitle also grabbed my attention: "The Anthropology of Armed Conflict and Aggression."

I think I was the first person to borrow the book. I was fascinated by many of the individual symposium articles in the book, but it was the...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: February 19, 2013

“There is no greater agony than carrying an untold story inside of you.” – Maya Angelou

I spent a day with Pablo Paredes and a few of the courageous immigrant youth with whom he works when I was in San Francisco in December. Pablo is AFSC program director for 67 Sueños, a youth-led program that works to make visible the stories and dreams of undocumented youth who are often left out of the immigration debate.

Currently immigrant youth are characterized as either angels or demons: angels who are...