Acting in Faith

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On being good

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.

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Goens Sisters

Goens sisters

Goens sisters

Enveloped by the sacred: Tinicum

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.

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Leaves at Tinicum

Leaves at Tinicum

Leaves at Tinicum

A spiritual crisis without borders: Immigrant stories after deportation

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.

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U.S/Mexico border

U.S/Mexico border

U.S/Mexico border 

If war is not the answer, what is?

Friends Meeting of Washington hosted an event on the American Friends Service Commitee 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.  

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

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.

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The growing settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem

The growing settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem

The growing settlement of Har Homa, East Jerusalem

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

My Quakerism is what brought me to Palestine.

I have always had a very strong sense of direction rooted in my spirit. That said, there are few times in my life where I have felt as called as I did this spring.

I have been working on Palestine advocacy on Penn’s campus for the past year or so, and have always felt very emotionally invested in the struggle, but I had never been there. There came a point when I became so invested in the movement that it felt disingenuous of me to be advocating so fiercely for a place I had never visited.

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Lauren Ballester and chickpea

Lauren Ballester holding a giant chickpea during a recent protest against companies supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

I do not give my consent: Voices of protest to military intervention in Syria

Note: So far 35,000 people have signed AFSC's petition protesting military intervention in the civil war in Syria, and advocating for diplomatic, political solutions instead. Many have added their own thoughts and reasons for opposing becoming involved in the war, many very direct and moving. Here are a few of the comments shared.

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Man and son in Syria

Man and son in Syria

Man and son in Syria by Alessandra Kocman

Making love real: A new play on Bayard Rustin (PODCAST)

William DiCanzio's new play on Bayard Rustin and his important role in organizing the 1963 March on Washington is being performed in open readings in and around the city of Philadelphia this year.

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Acting in Faith podcast: Rustin and the March

William DiCanzio's new play, "Rustin and the March," on Bayard Rustin and his important role in organizing the 1963 March on Washington, is being performed in open readings in and around the city of Philadelphia this year. Madeline Schaefer attended one of these readings and spoke with DiCanzio, the play's future director, Benjamin Lloyd, and the play's leading actor, Frank X, about the power and legacy of Bayard Rustin's message of nonviolence.

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AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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