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Acting in Faith

By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: January 24, 2013

When I was 14, my mother took me to a weekend-long Quaker work camp in West Philadelphia, one of the last before the program was closed in 2005. I painted a hallway blue, prepared simple meals, and slept in a sleeping bag. By Sunday afternoon, I knew that I had been transformed.

Yes, being exposed to the struggles of poverty and becoming acutely aware of my own privilege was eye-opening. But what broke open my heart was sitting in a circle after dinner, listening to a local African-American man tell about his daily struggles with racism, and how its structural violence has...

Martin Luther King, Jr.
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: January 15, 2013

“These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wombs of a frail world, new systems of justice and equality are being born.

We must move past indecision to action. …

Now let us begin. Now let us re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.”

                      - Martin Luther King, Jr. in
“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence, 1967

These words ring as...

Denise Altvater and siblings
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: January 10, 2013

Denise Altvater is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and has worked for AFSC for eighteen years.  She has been instrumental in developing the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission between a sovereign Tribal Nation, the Wabanaki, and a U.S. state, Maine, to address hurts caused by the foster care system. The commission will be seated on February 12, 2013.

The Wabanaki-Maine Truth and Reconciliation Commission is also the first such commission in which perpetrators and victims have proceeded in unity about what needed to happen, rather than as...

Nob Hill Market, May 2012
By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: January 3, 2013



Hear the story of how AFSC partnered with local organizations in the South Valley of New Mexico to create the...

By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: January 2, 2013

How do we—as Quakers, as humans—address climate change? It’s a broad question about a multi-faceted issue, I know—and one that I’m certainly not ready to answer in 500 words or fewer.  But Quakers around the country are gathering in their local meetings and churches to ask this question, consider answers, and work with others to speak about and advocate for the solutions they propose. 

Of course we’re addressing this issue as Quakers—climate change raises deep questions about the human condition. Our current environmental shifts are not simply a result of carbon emissions;...