Connecting Friends to the work of AFSC Subscribe
Partners in spirit-led action
AFSC's Meeting/Church Liaison Program works to increase collaboration between AFSC and Quaker meetings/churches. By engaging with Friends and providing resources for spiritually-grounded social justice work, the program seeks to support a movement of Friends working for lasting peace with justice.
9 Ways to connect your meeting/church to the work of AFSC
1. Share a post from AFSC's Acting in Faith blog with your meeting or church.
Don't forget to sign up to receive updates from the Acting in Faith newsletter, and read back issues here. Reprint an Acting in Faith article in your newsletter or share new posts on your meeting/church's social media site. Some posts would be excellent reading material for a study session on spirit-led activism, on undoing racism or on other topics.
2. Dial in to our monthly Calls for Spirited Action
Learn more about AFSC's different areas of work and hear how Quakers have successfully taken on these issues in their meeting or church.
3. Learn more about the Quaker Social Change Ministry pilot program and consider joining with a small group in your meeting/church.
AFSC is excited to bring the Quaker Social Change Ministry pilot program to Friends. Developed by three Unitarian Universalist ministers in the Denver area, Quaker Social Change Ministry is a Spirit-led, relationship based approached to social change work. Learn more here or fill out an interest form here. Read Organizing with the Spirit, a blog post about the model by Lucy Duncan.
4. Bring the voices of Quaker youth into the national budget debate.
Join the If I Had a Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival by asking your meeting/church's youth "What would YOU do with one trillion dollars?" — the amount the US has spent on the wars in the Middle East. Share three-minute videos with the festival to amplify the voices and ideas of young Friends. Learn more here.
5. Connect spirit to social witness in forum using our Introduction to the Quaker Testimonies.
This resource seeks to distill and share the Quaker testimonies that underlie both what we do and how we aspire to do it, with thoughts about living out each testimony, queries, and quotations for reflection. We've also created a study guide to provide Quaker meeting/churches with ways to interact with the material in Adult Religious Education settings or with high school Friends.
6. Read Shared Security, a Quaker vision for foreign policy, for Adult Religious Education.
Use our resources to spark a discussion about Quaker values in politics.
7. Bring an AFSC staff member to present at your monthly, quarterly, or yearly meeting or church.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
8. Participate in an AFSC workshop or other AFSC organized program at the FGC Gathering. Attend a conference co-sponsored by AFSC at Pendle Hill on ending mass incarceration.
Find our offerings for July, 2015 here. AFSC staff are co-leading four workshops and offering a full afternoon events schedule. In April, 2015, we are partnering with Pendle Hill to host a conference on ending mass incarceration.
9. Host the traveling art installation 39 Questions for White People and engage Friends in conversations about undoing racism drawing from posts at Acting in Faith.
39 Questions for White People is an art piece by Naima Lowe, which explores whiteness and asks open questions that prompt dialogue on racism and white privilege. Read several undoing racism posts from Acting in Faith as a meeting/church to deepen your exploration.
Identify and explore one issue that resonates with your community
Join with us to...
Work for healing justice.
Help transform the U.S. criminal justice system's focus on crime and punishment to addressing harm and healing. We encourage Quaker groups to learn more about the issue of mass incarceration, engage their local communities in the concern, establish relationships with those most directly affected, and advocate for just policy. Read more.
Stand for human rights in Israel-Palestine.
Support the end of human rights abuses in Israel-Palestine by considering the issue as a meeting/church and participating in economic activism campaigns. Read more.
Support immigrant justice.
Partner with AFSC to support immigrants through ally work. By respectfully supporting immigrant-led efforts for humane and just reform, we can create a society that welcomes and accepts our neighbors. Read more.