Acting in Faith

Create a Letter Writing Ladder

From Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, learn how your meeting can form a letter writing ladder and change the conversation around immigration reform in your community.

Adopt a Policy Maker

Adopt a policy maker and let them know why immigrants deserve humane immigration reform.

Acting in Faith Newsletters

Below is a list of archived Acting in Faith newsletters.

August, 2013: Activism in the meetinghouse 

August, 2013: Realize the dream

I will not drink SodaStream fizzy water for Passover

Soda Stream boycott

Soda Stream boycott

Soda Stream boycott

by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

As we approach the Jewish holy days, we are reminded of the phrase that initiates the Telling of the Story: Let all who are hungry come eat, let all who are oppressed, join us at the table of liberation. Unfortunately, if they are Palestinians living in the West Bank, they may need a special security clearance. That is the case for Palestinian workers who are employed by SodaStream, the increasingly popular home carbonation product sold in 39 countries in 35,000 stores worldwide. 

Five ways to engage with AFSC on Israel and Palestine

Need ideas for how to get involved in peace-building efforts in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory? Here are five suggestions.

Building bridges is radical

Rebecca Timbres, nurse

Rebecca Timbres served as a nurse during World War I and continued to work for the AFSC for nearly her entire adult life.

When I think of well-known figures of AFSC’s past, I think of men—Rufus Jones and Clarence Pickett, more specifically. I’m sure much of this has to do with the fact that I have spent numerous hours sitting in rooms named after them at Friends Center in Philadelphia. But I have little doubt that their familiarity is also due to the general attention that our society pays to men with big ideas and big voices, particularly the society in which the organization was founded. 

Healing Justice resources for Quaker congregations

AFSC invites Quaker congregations everywhere to join in the effort to help transform the U.S. criminal justice system from one focused on crime and punishment to one focused on moving from harm to healing.  Quaker meetings and churches are encouraged to learn more about issues of mass incarceration, engage their local communities in the issue, establish relationships with those directly affected, and advocate for just policy.

Check out these resources:

Meeting the community of Hatcliffe Extension, a reflection

Marsha Base visiting Hatcliffe Extenstion in Zimbabwe

Marsha Base visiting Hatcliffe Extenstion in Zimbabwe

Marsha Base visiting Hatcliffe Extenstion in Zimbabwe. Marsha is seated in a chair made by Mrs. S. Chabvunyira (not pictured). The woman in orange behind her is Mrs. Masaraure of the sewing cluster. .

As we enter Hatcliffe Extension outside of Harare, Zimbabwe via a dirt road marred by deep ruts and washed out areas with more than a 12-inch drop-off, I wonder if our Toyota four wheel drive will survive with shock absorbers intact. We park and walk toward a grassy area where several men and a woman are repairing a metal wheelbarrow using the only welding machine available. Several others watch the process. Homes surround the workspace.

The power to create light: Healing in Dublin Federal Women’s Prison

Window at Alcatraz

Window at Alcatraz by Jacqueline Poggi

Window at Alcatraz

Jacqueline Duhart, a Unitarian minister, runs a women’s group at Dublin Federal Women’s Prison south of Oakland for AFSC. The original leaders adapted Pace e Bene’s Traveling with the Turtle, a curriculum for women learning nonviolence.

The Value of the AFSC Corporation

AFSC Corporation Meeting 2012

AFSC Corporation Meeting 2012

AFSC Corporation Meeting 2012

Each year as we approach the annual meeting of the AFSC Corporation, I hear people wondering whether the Corporation has outlived its usefulness – or indeed whether it ever had one. 

Newcomers wonder what the Corporation is for, whether it matters that they attend, and whether, if they do, they will really understand the issues in play. Those with experience of past Corporation meetings have many of the same questions.

I am one who believes the Corporation has immense potential value to AFSC – and also that AFSC has immense value to Quakers in the U.S. 

Who we are

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

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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