AFSC Friends Liaisons connect their meetings and churches to the work of AFSC and inspire action on AFSC's key issues. Here are 11 ways to engage your Quaker meeting or church with AFSC. 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.
11 ways your meeting/church can work with AFSC for just peace
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. Watch and share an AFSC QuakerSpeak video.
In 2015 AFSC partnered with Friends Journal to create three videos on AFSC's issue areas. Each video is followed by links to resources for deeper learning and action. The videos are A Quaker call to action on Israel Palestine, How Quakers can help end mass incarceration, and Quakers and migrant justice.
3. 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.
4. Connect spirit to social witness 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.
5. Explore our "5 things your congregation can do" pages and encourage your meeting to engage with AFSC Key Issues.
Did you know that AFSC Programs and Friends Relations have created "5 things your congregation can do" pages for a variety AFSC Key Issues: Healing Justice, Immigrant Justice, and Israel/Palestine. We are offering 5 things you can do to Humanize, not Militarize to accompany our traveling exhibit. Join the Quaker Network to end Mass Incarceration or the Quaker Palestine Israel Network.
6. 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.
7. Share the "Let your Life Speak" story cards with family and Friends, featuring stories of courageous people working with AFSC for change.
AFSC Friends Relations will inspire you and your family with the "Let your Life Speak" project. Liaisons can share the cards with members of your meeting/church and facilitate a discussion about the stories motivate you to take courageous action or support others who are doing so. Participants will also be encouraged to contribute monetarily or join in to create change.
8. Bring an AFSC staff member to present at your monthly, quarterly, or yearly meeting or church.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
9. 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 restorative justice.
Find our offerings at the FGC Gathering for July, 2016 here. AFSC staff will be co-leading five workshops and offering a full afternoon events schedule at the FGC Gathering in July, 2016. In March, 2016, we are partnering with Pendle Hill to host Beyond Crime and Punishment: Fostering Transformative Justice in communities, a conference for Friends and others.
10. Invite members or attenders of your meeting/church to share a story at our Peace Works: Century of Action website.
For 100 years, we have worked together for peace and justice. Explore these stories and add your own, or encourage a Friend to do so, as we celebrate AFSC's past and future. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
11. 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 contact Greg Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read Organizing with the Spirit, a blog post about the model by Lucy Duncan.