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Shamba: Always, Never Coming Home

by Lucy Duncan

There’s a Godly Play©* version of the story of Adam and Eve in which the moment of crisis is one of recognizing separateness.  Before eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the story goes, humans understood that we were one with God, with one another, and with creation. The crisis gave us eyes to see nakedness when we didn’t before, to become disconnected when we were as one. 

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Home Group at the World Conference of Friends

Home Group at World Conference of Friends

Home Group at World Conference of Friends

When Clear Water Flows: Remember and Forgive

by Lucy Duncan

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Anne-Marie, a resident of a Peace Village in Burundi

Anne-Marie, a resident of a Peace Village in Burundi

Anne-Marie, a resident of a Peace Village in Burundi

Acting in Faith: Ain't Gonna Study War No More

Dear Friend,

“Sooner or later, all the peoples of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Study Advice for AFSC's Introduction to Quaker Testimonies

This document provides study advice for using An Introduction to Quaker Testimonies in adult or high school religious education programs.

To Friends Everywhere: an Epistle to Quaker Yearly Meetings

To Friends Everywhere,

"Power without love is reckless and abusive and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Dominque Stevenson with Friend of a Friend participant

Dominque Stevenson with Friend of a Friend participant

Dominque Stevenson with Friend of a Friend participant

Preaching Peace and Justice: An Interview with George Lakey

Note: The below interview by Silas Wanjala is the first in a series of interviews with Quaker activists.  I define activist in the broadest sense – those working to help to mend and heal the world, to create justice and peace from many vantage points. In order for peace to flourish, it’s my belief that we need many hands working in disparate ways to unravel the net of injustice and weave a web of compassion and love.  - Lucy

by Silas Wanjala

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George Lakey with his grandson at Occupy Philly

George Lakey with his grandson at Occupy Philly

George Lakey with his grandson at Occupy Philly

Creative Maladjustment: a Prayer in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Note: I offered the below prayer at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event in Philadelphia sponsored by the Occupy Philly Labor Working Group. The event emphasized labor rights and remembering King's focus on economic justice and on moving from a thing-oriented society to a people-oriented society that is capable of conquering "the triplets of consumerism, militarism, and racism." I publish it today on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King and in honor of Trayvon Martin. 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

The Quality of Light

“The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.” Audre Lorde

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Mountain Kites from Windows and Mirrors

Mountain Kites from Windows and Mirrors

Quakers and African Americans approach the New Jerusalem

Note: This week marks the 100th birthday of Bayard Rustin.  During the AFSC Corporation meeting, we celebrated Rustin's life by watching the movie Brother Outsider and engaging in conversation with Hal Weaver and Walter Nagele, Rustin's surviving partner.

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Bayard Rustin and Walter Nagele

Bayard Rustin and Walter Nagele

Bayard Rustin and Walter Nagele

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