Acting in Faith

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Another way of life is possible: Reflections on the shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Note: I sent Max Carter a note about an unrelated matter and he sent me these reflections about the recent mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., which he posted on the Guilford College Friends Center Facebook page yesterday.  - Lucy

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The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks at the National Gallery

The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks at the National Gallery

"The Peaceable Kingdom" by Edward Hicks at the National Gallery

Climbing to Hell

Note: I've been receiving regular updates on Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo from David Zarembka, Coordinator of AGLI of the Friends Peace Teams, for the past few weeks. They are insightful, sensitive and heart-breaking. I invited David to write a reflective post about the situation there, and he sent me this, powerful words to consider carefully, and to remember that we are connected via our Quaker brothers and sisters to the situation there.

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Displaced people from Masisi who were in the Mugunga IDP camp near Goma

Displaced people from Masisi who were in the Mugunga IDP camp near Goma

Displaced people from Masisi who were in the Mugunga IDP camp near Goma

Change the story, change the world: A common Quaker project?

“Let them remember that there is a meaning beyond absurdity. Let them be sure that every little deed counts, that every word has power, and that we can do — every one — our share to redeem the world despite all [the] absurdities and all the frustrations and all [the] disappointments. And above all, remember that the meaning of life is to live life as if it were a work of art.” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

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San Francsico Friends Meeting/AFSC Peace Vigil

San Francsico Friends Meeting/AFSC Peace Vigil

San Francsico Friends Meeting/AFSC Peace Vigil

Finding the courage to work for peace

Listen to David Niyonzima, founder and director of the Trauma Healing and Reconconiliation Services (THARS) in Burundi, on how his faith influences his peace work.  David leads workshops on trauma healing and providing community spaces for peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

This audio is an excerpt from a longer interview with David Niyonzima, conducted by Friends Liaison Lucy Duncan and Friends Relations Fellow, Madeline Schaefer.  As well as being the director of THARS, David is also a Quaker pastor and member of Burundi Yearly Meeting.

Called to Relate: An interview with David Niyonzima

On a beautiful morning in 1993, Burundian David Niyonzima found himself caught in the middle of a violent ethnic conflict. Although he escaped unharmed, 25 people, including eight of his students at a local Quaker pastoral training school, were shot and killed. David spent the next few years fearing for his life and the safety of his family. But after a transformational experience of learning to forgive his attackers, David became committed to working for peace in his war-torn country.

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David Niyonzima

David Niyonzima

David Niyonzima

From the Archives: AFSC and Quakers

Bayard Rustin and Walter Nagele

Bayard Rustin and Walter Nagele

Bayard Rustin and Walter Nagele

Check out these documents from the AFSC archives on the history of the organization's relationship with Quakers.  The relationship has always been a bit rocky, but scattered throughout these documents are a consistent, genuine spirit of reconciliation and love.

One Big, Happy Family? Quakers and the AFSC

Regularly we will be posting a piece inspired by the rich history and archives of AFSC. The below post is the first in the series. - Lucy

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Steve Cary

Steve Cary

Stephen Cary, peace activist and longtime AFSC staff member.

Quakers call for immediate end to use of force in Gaza

This statement was issued by Britain Yearly Meeting on Nov. 18, 2012 in response to the violence in Gaza. 

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This statement was issued by Britain Yearly Meeting on Nov. 18, 2012 in response to the violence in Gaza. 

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In Gaza: Dreaming with their feet on the ground

Patricia Sellick, AFSC Regional Director for the Middle East, shares her experience working with AFSC’s Gaza team and the young people with whom they work. 

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Patricia Sellick, AFSC Regional Director for the Middle East, shares her experience working with AFSC’s Gaza team and the young people with whom they work. 

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Gaza youth working with AFSC

Gaza youth working with AFSC

Gaza youth working with AFSC

Church leaders to Congress: Condition military aid to Israel on human rights compliance

This letter was sent to Congress on October 5, 2012, from church leaders including Shan Cretin, AFSC's general secretary, as a call to make U.S. military aid to Israel conditional on Israel's "compliance with applicable U.S. laws and policies” regarding human rights. 

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This letter was sent to Congress on October 5, 2012, from church leaders including Shan Cretin, AFSC's general secretary, as a call to make U.S. military aid to Israel conditional on Israel's "compliance with applicable U.S. laws and policies” regarding human rights. 

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