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Acting in Faith

Niyonu Spann and Lucy Duncan
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 ...

Goens sisters
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 sisters; an...

Leaves at Tinicum
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: October 30, 2013

Note: I took a walk recently with my son and partner in Tinicum, also known as the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

This poem is a reflection on that walk and the conversation we had. We noticed that the destruction of the environment far away is also here in our midst, all around us.

We've been talking quite a bit about Shared Security at AFSC and...

U.S/Mexico border
By: Jill Anderson
Published: October 25, 2013

Note: I first met Jill Anderson a couple years ago at Intermountain Yearly Meeting and got to know her better at the World Conference of Friends in Kenya.

Her work with immigrants who have been deported from the U.S. is inspiring and she operates from a very clear-eyed sense of outrage and solidarity. She has been working for several years on a book, Los Otros Dreamers, which collects the stories of immigrants after deportation to Mexico. This guest post draws from that work and gives a sense of how destructive...

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 Committee 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.

Listen to this short audio story...