Acting in Faith

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Writer's Guidelines for Acting in Faith

Here are tips for writing as a guest writer for Acting in Faith, AFSC's blog for Friends.

From mourning to outrage to action

This reflection is by Lori Fernald Khamala, AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program Director in Greensboro, North Carolina, where we seek to build a community which values the human dignity of all residents.

Black Power’s Challenge to Quaker Power

Note: For Black History Month, we will be honoring some of the many Black Quakers who have contributed to the world of Friends and beyond. Barrington Dunbar (1901-1978), like many others, challenged white Friends to take a more active approach in addressing racism and white supremacy. He asked Friends to show their support for the Black Power Movement even though its violent rhetoric often felt alienating to pacifist Friends.

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Black Fire Book Cover

Black Fire Book Cover

Black Fire (published by Quaker Press of Friends General Conference)

Living our values: Quaker and Jewish connections, part 2

In my previous post, I explored the ways that Quakers and Jews have been historically connected and proposed a deeper spiritual connection between our respective faith traditions. As a rabbi who now works for AFSC, I can say without hesitation that my spiritual life has greatly benefitted from my encounter with Quaker thought and practice. The more I dwell in these two religious communities, the more I am able to discern important parallels between them.

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Rosen at a nonviolent demonstration at the West Bank village of Al Masra

Brant Rosen at a protest

Rosen at a nonviolent demonstration at the West Bank village of Al Masra

A rabbi at AFSC: Quaker and Jewish connections, part 1

When I tell people that I've just started working for the American Friends Service Committee, some will inevitably scratch their heads and ask, "What is a rabbi doing working for a Quaker organization?"

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Brant Rosen at a Methodist Press Conference on divestment

Brant Rosen speaks at a press conference

Brant Rosen at a press conference promoting a divestment resolution at the Methodist General Assembly

Note to self: White people taking part in #BlackLivesMatter protests

I am a white person who recently participated in #millionsmarchnyc as part of #BlackLivesMatter.  As a queer, gender-queer person, I know about some forms of oppression, but I didn’t want my own unconscious racism, entitlement, and unexamined privilege to perpetuate the pathology and systems we were there to protest. So I came up with some guidelines for myself while participating in public demonstrations against racism and police violence.

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Black Lives Matter protest in south Minneapolis

Black Lives Matter protesters holding a sign

Black Lives Matter protest in south Minneapolis

Feeding the flame for racial justice

Watching Selma in a crowded theater, the connections to the Black Lives Matter movement were very apparent. As Vanessa Julye and Barry Scott said in their Acting in Faith post earlier this week, “The struggle for equal voting rights along with the dehumanization of African American lives and experiences continues in 2015.”

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Hidden wholeness: Stepping into faith to undo racism

Selma activists crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge

Selma activists crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge

Selma activists crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge

Acting in Faith eNews from January, 2015

Dear Friend,

“There is a hidden wholeness beneath the very evident brokenness of the world.” – Parker Palmer 

Where are we 50 years later? What can we learn from Selma?

Note: I invited Vanessa Julye, author of Fit for Freedom, not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice and her husband, Barry Scott, clerk of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, to write thier reflections about Ava DuVernay's film Selma. Below are their thoughs and stories, with queries for reflection at the end. - Lucy

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Edmund Pettus bridge

Edmund Pettus bridge

Edmund Pettus bridge

An unnatural disaster: What I saw in Gaza

In January 2015, Aura Kanegis, AFSC's Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, traveled to Gaza for the first time. These are her reflections and photographs from the trip witnessing the recent devastation of Operation Protective Edge.

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