Healing Justice

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Resolutions of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona

Resolutions of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona reaffirming criminal justice reform and opposing contracting for private prisons in Arizona.

A Path Towards Healing: A year of study on the Doctrine of Christian Discovery

A document created by New England Yearly Meeting to learn about the Doctrine of Christiain Discovery and consider together how it might be repealed.

Healing Justice resources for Quaker congregations

Healing Justice interns describe their summer projects

Summer interns from both the Immigrant Rights and Healing JusticePrograms shared moving stories of the work they had done with AFSC.

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.

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Friend of a Friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013 Community Tribunal (Baltimore, MD)

On January 21, 2013, AFSC's Friend of a Friend program led a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community tribunal at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Govans, Baltimore. Residents shared their experiences and concerns with the Maryland prison system and brainstormed strategies for making their voices heard.

Slideshow edit: Isaac Bunn
Photos: Bryan Vana

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

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.


Window at Alcatraz

Window at Alcatraz by Jacqueline Poggi

Window at Alcatraz

Reconvening of healing justice visioning

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 5:30pm

Sharon Goens

Sharon Goens is AFSC's Twin Cities Healing Justice Program Director.

Sharon Goens is AFSC's Twin Cities Healing Justice Program Director.

AFSC's Healing Justice Program in Minnesota invites you to a “reconvening” of the visioning session held in January 2012.  At this gathering, we will share with you how we have begun to utilize the wisdom and experience people brought to the January 2012 meeting, and we will continue to co-create a joint vision of a healthy Minnesota. Everyone who is interested in this topic is welcome to attend.   

The journey home: a prayer for healing

On the occasion of the seating of the Maine-Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission

by Lucy Duncan


“People can be transformed by being open and human. We believe that people have a need to be heard, but how they are heard really matters – if they take the risk of telling their story, it needs to make a difference.” – Denise Altvater



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Moon over Maine

Moon over Maine

Bridging the gaps in Minnesota

AFSC's Twin Cities Healing Justice program got off to a great start recently, serving as the host for an innovative legislative convening.

Sharon Goens, AFSC Program Director, was asked to host the convening because of AFSC’s neutral stance and because the healing justice framework—with its goal of supporting the process of bringing together long-sparing disparate voices to work toward a shared understanding—resonated strongly with those involved. 

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