By Lucy Duncan
Published: July 20, 2013

Note: All included images are by Michael Fleshman.

“The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." Audre Lorde

It took me a few days to cry after the George Zimmerman verdict. I read posts and kept connected via social media, went to the rally in Love Park in Philadelphia, and felt the deep resignation, sadness, and holy rage that was there. I watched the video in which...

By Niyonu Spann
Published: July 16, 2013

Note: My friend Niyonu Spann, a Quaker healer who has been a very important teacher to me, posted the below piece on Facebook earlier this week. She graciously gave me permission to re-publish it here. Her reflection offers a sense of the unmediated pain of the George Zimmerman verdict and some sense of the deep need for healing from the disease of racism NOW.

The image is by artist Ricardo Levins Morales, whose powerful work you can see on his website...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: July 9, 2013

Note: The below minute from Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting was presented for consideration by the Southern Applachian Yearly Meeting and Association (SAYMA) at its June, 2013 annual gathering. In the coming year each SAYMA monthly meeting will consider the ideas in the minute and whether they are led to take similar action or to affirm this minute.

Tony Bing, one of the initiators of the process in Swannanoa Valley Meeting, told me the process to come to unity was deep and powerful and very engaged. Other Quaker congregations are invited to consider taking similar...

By Madeline Schaefer
Published: July 3, 2013

In the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, Carlos Arredondo made headlines for courageously rushing to save the lives of victims—distinctive in his cowboy hat, he quickly became the iconic hero amid tragedy. As the dust settled, people learned that Carlos was there with his wife, Melida, honoring the memory of their sons—Alex, a soldier who died in the Iraq War and Brian, who struggled with mental health issues after his brother’s death and eventually took his own life.

Carlos has made headlines before—he was the first immigrant to gain U.S. citizenship...

By Madeline Schaefer
Published: June 28, 2013

The Friend of a Friend mentoring program in Baltimore is doing more than providing support for incarcerated men; it is inspiring a movement for serious reform of the criminal justice system, from the inside out. 

Madeline Schaefer sits down with participants as they share stories of the program's success and their own transformation. By learning how to deal with conflict nonviolently, and by connecting with one another, participants are reclaiming their voices and speaking truth to power.

You can read more about the Friend of a Friend program in the summer issue of...