Each circle that forms a community of learning shares their knowledge and experience as part of the process. AFSC collects that shared learning to help build a larger basket of experiences. This basket will form the basis of future work, and helps the ideas spread and grow.
Dominque Stevenson with Friend of a Friend participant
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.
In 2010 AFSC’s Healing Justice Programs in New England and New York held three gatherings to discuss the transition from “criminal justice” work to “healing justice” work. We continue this work with listening project in the Northeast so that individuals and communities harmed by violence and the institutions of criminal justice will heal and transform that harm into wholeness.
TThe documentary, "The Empty Chair," examines loss, punishment, and healing through four families' stories of a loss few of us could possibly comprehened: the murder of a family member and living through the aftermath. Renny Cushing, a resident of Hampton and Executive Director of Murder Victims Families for Human Rights, is featured in this film. Discussion follows film. The Culture of Peace and Nonviolence film series is co-sponsored by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, Concord UU Church, Temple Beth Jacob, NH Peace Action, NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates.
Denise Altvater (far right)and siblings weeks before they were taken from the reservation and placed in a non-native foster home by the state of Maine.
“It is the first truth and reconciliation (process) in this country that is dealing with the child welfare system in the United States. It’s also the first truth and reconciliation between a government of the United States and a sovereign tribal nation. And as far as we know, because we’ve done work with the Transitional Justice Center in New York City, it is also the first that‘s been developed collaboratively between two opposing parties.” ~Denise Altvater
The following are excerpts from a recent conversation with Denise Altvater, AFSC’s Wabanaki Program Coordinator in Maine. Keith Harvey, AFSC’s regional director in New England, hosted the telephone conversation, and several friends and supporters joined the call.
Keith: Denise, would you introduce yourself and your work?
Participants in AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program at a Graduation Ceremony
by Lucy Duncan
“Slowly we learn that we are all broken, all less than perfect, and that God loves us, each one, wonderfully even so. Slowly we learn that the real love for one another we crave is not the ideal love of my personal façade for your façade, but the imperfect intent to love that my flawed self can offer the real you.”
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 office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.