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Picking up the branches: Reflections on the Friends General Conference Gathering, 2013

By: Robert Awkward
Published: November 19, 2013
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About the Author

I grew up in a household full of music: Spiritual, Religious, Rock and Roll, Gospel, R&B, Soul… I enjoy athletics and have competitively played Soccer for at least 12 years. I’ve run Varsity Track in undergrad for the past 3 years, and I always enjoy a good round of paintball with friends. Along with a double major in Human Development & Social Relations and Spanish & Hispanic Studies, I strive to continue challenging myself academically as I encounter more opportunities to do so—and my time at Earlham College has proven to grant me those. In conjunction with those opportunities for academic advancement have come many cherished moments for spiritual exploration, continually deepening another fundamental part of my life.

Michelle Alexander: Embracing humanity to bring down The New Jim Crow

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: November 12, 2013
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Michelle Alexander points out that mass incarceration and the war on drugs is built on the foundation of demonizing people of color, particularly brown and black men and boys. A very strong thread in her message was that in order to end the system of mass incarceration in a way that keeps it from being reconstructed, all of us must be able “to see and value the humanity in one another.” 

About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. Before working for AFSC, she was Director of Communications at FGC, managed QuakerBooks of FGC, and owned and managed her own children's bookstore in Omaha, The Story Monkey. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

Truth, Heart, Healing: Working with Spirit transforms

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: November 7, 2013
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About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. Before working for AFSC, she was Director of Communications at FGC, managed QuakerBooks of FGC, and owned and managed her own children's bookstore in Omaha, The Story Monkey. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

On being good

By: Sharon Goens-Bradley
Published: November 4, 2013
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AFSC’s Sharon Goens-Bradley says that the desire to be seen as “good” causes much of the harm in the world, and that the difficulty of hearing when we’ve caused harm can cover up opportunities to truly heal.

About the Author

Sharon Goens-Bradley is the Healing Justice Program Director for the Twin Cities, Minnesota office. Prior to this position, Ms. Goens-Bradley worked for a community foundation doing anti-racism work. Sharon holds a master's degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor's degree in Russian language. She has travelled extensively and has volunteered as a mediator, circle keeper and restorative justice practioner.

Enveloped by the sacred: Tinicum

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: October 30, 2013
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About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. Before working for AFSC, she was Director of Communications at FGC, managed QuakerBooks of FGC, and owned and managed her own children's bookstore in Omaha, The Story Monkey. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

A spiritual crisis without borders: Immigrant stories after deportation

By: Jill Anderson
Published: October 25, 2013
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About the Author

Jill Anderson was born in Utah, raised in Texas, and lives in Mexico City. She is one of the 213.9 million international immigrants in the world today. Since 2005, she has collaborated with immigrants and refugees in the United States and in Mexico. Her postdoctoral research and writing focus on immigration, globalization, and culture via the stories we tell each other. From 2007 to 2011, she lived and worked at the Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker Center for Peace and International Understanding, and she is a member of the Mexico City Friends Meeting. 

If war is not the answer, what is?

Podcast
By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: October 23, 2013
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Friends Meeting of Washington hosted an event on the American Friends Service Committee and Friends Committee on National Legislation publication "Shared Security: Reimagining US foreign policy." Listen to this short audio story to hear more about the document, as well as how audience members responded to the presentation and discussion on beginning the work of creating a world that prioritizes human rights and the peaceful resolution to conflict.  

About the Author

Madeline is the Friends Relations Associate. She grew up in the beautiful Radnor Meeting community outside of Philadelphia, and attended Friends Schools in the area until the end of High School.  After several years of studying and traveling, she returned to Philadelphia only to immerse herself once again in the stories, the culture and the spirituality of Philadelphia Quakers.  While living in collective house in West Philadelphia, she grew curious about the history of young Quaker activists in the neighborhood, and started an oral history project to find out more.  Madeline is interested in exploring the ways in which life in community can stretch our capacity for compassion and growth.  Her dream is to create more alternative communities of people learning how to live together, creating models for a society fueled by cooperation and love.

A hopeful movement: Working for justice in Israel-Palestine through boycott and divestment

By: Sandra Tamari
Published: September 30, 2013
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Palestinian-American Sandra Tamari, a member of the St. Louis Religious Society of Friends, recounts how a small group of St. Louis activists brought the boycott and divestment movement for justice in Israel-Palestine to their city—and how their impact was felt across the world.

About the Author

Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian-American and member of the St. Louis Religious Society of Friends. She spends her free time as an organizer with the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee and a member of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation Steering Committee. She holds a Master’s degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. In May 2012, she was jailed and denied entry into Palestine by Israel because of her work to encourage U.S. churches to divest from the occupation.

Ways to engage

The Meeting/Church liaison program is designed to meet congregations where they are at--whether big or small, active or inactive, we want to help your congregation work with the AFSC to build the movement for a more justice and equitable world.

Below we have outlined two possible ways to get involved:

Model 1:  Connect your congregation to the work of AFSC through monthly updates and activities.

Model 2:  Identify one issue that resonates with the interests in your community and focus on that issue throughout the year.

I am ready: A young woman's visit to Palestine

By: Lauren Ballester
Published: September 13, 2013
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About the Author

Lauren Ballester is a junior studying Materials Science Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She grew up in Philadelphia attending Quaker school for most of her life. She is involved in student activism on campus as a member of Penn for Palestine, Penn BDS and the Penn Haven Housing Cooperative. She recently spent two weeks in Israel/Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders, connecting with peace activists, families, and communities working to end the occupation and learning how to bring the movement home.

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