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Resources for Friends
AFSC's Meeting and Church Liaison Program provides resources for Friends meetings and churches to help them support and engage in our work. If there are areas of AFSC's work you do not see represented here or if your meeting or church would like to participate, please contact Lucy Duncan and she can discuss options with you.
The resources below are designed to be coordinated by adults, but the programs can include participants of any age. As some topics are more complex than some children are prepared to handle, please speak clearly with your community about the program and what's involved before beginning.
Listen to Lucy Duncan tell the story of how this program came to be (2:35).
An AFSC Meeting/Church Liaison is a direct connection between an individual Quaker meeting/church and AFSC. Local liaisons volunteer or are appointed to help AFSC and Quaker congregations to work for peace and justice. Dowload our brochure for your community.
Resources for Adult First Day School
An Introduction to the Quaker Testimonies is a booklet which describes the basic concepts of each Quaker testimony, and how AFSC strives to practice that testimony in its work. The booklet is set up in the format of advices and queries, with thoughts about living out each testimony, followed by quotations for reflection and queries for response. The below study guide is intended to provide Quaker meetings with ways to interact with the material in Adult Religious Education settings, or with high school Friends.
Program engagement resources
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.
Quaker churches and meetings can help support the end of the conflict in Israel/Palestine by considering the issue as a meeting and participating in several activities.
AFSC is asking meetings/churches to partner with us on supporting immigrants with ally work. Included below are several resources to assist meetings in learning how and why this is such an important part of the movement for immigrant justice. We suggest you start by looking at the document What Quaker Meetings can do to support the movement for Immigrant Justice. Consider taking a few of these ideas back to your meeting's Peace and Social Concerns Committee to consider working on together.
AFSC invites congregations of all faiths to help us create more religiously hospitable communities. Put on a film screening and use these resources to support dialogue, bridge-building, and cultural exchange in communities that receive immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.
Resources for Children's First Day School
Around the country, AFSC is asking youth to answer the question "What would YOU do with one trillion dollars?" through short films to be featured in an annual youth film festival. Through an interactive curriculum on the issue and various resources for helping create short videos, you can bring the voices of the children in your First Day School into the nation's budget debate.