Shared security

Quaker Seekers Day

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 9:30am - 3:00pm

A day of worship and reflection on the theme Shared Security

Quaker Seekers Day

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 9:30am - 3:00pm

A day of worship and reflection on the theme Shared Security

Of bluebirds, gardens and security

spring garden

spring garden

Spring garden

After days of snow, and after waiting all winter -  three female Eastern Bluebirds arrived at my bird feeders this morning.  I jumped up from my desk to put out their favorite food.  I was spoiled last winter when as many as seven of them would visit almost every day.  They are social little balls of fluff, coming to the feeder as soon as I put food out and not moving when I move the curtain or door to chase off the squirrels.  It is a delight to have them back.  For some reason they make me hopeful that spring actually will come in due time.  

What would peace look like in your community?

Peace is not just the absence of war. It means a sense of shared security, access to jobs, health care, education—a community that is cared for and valued.

In October 2013, 19 people from five continents traveled to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to represent the American Friends Service Committee. We asked them: "What would peace look like in your community?"

None of us is safe until all of us are safe

IHTD icebreaker

Young filmmakers at the 2013 If I Had a Trillion Dollars national film festival in Washington. Watch 2014’s official selections at afsc.org/trillion-dollars.

Overseas and at home, our fate is connected with the fate of others. War-making and drone strikes create new enemies, making our country less safe, not safer, says General Secretary Shan Cretin in her opening letter.

Quakers roll out new vision for U.S. foreign policy

Fields of rice seedlings on North Korea farm

AFSC staff walking between beds of rice seedlings at an AFSC partner farm north of Pyongyang, North Korea.

Examples of positive alternatives to war and violence abound in AFSC’s work, but showing policymakers the effectiveness of a “common good” approach to foreign policy is a challenge. A new collaboration between AFSC and FCNL hopes to change that.

In Somalia, U.S. counterterrorism laws are counterproductive

Electrical training

Young men ages 14 to 26 took part in an electrical installation training in Israac Village.

Young men and women coming of age now in Somalia have never known a time without civil war. Alissa Wilson looks at how some are ending the cycle of violence—and what the U.S. can do to support, instead of hinder, their efforts.

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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