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Engage your congregation in AFSC's work for peace
AFSC's Meeting and Church Liaison Program works with Quaker meetings/churches to engage in AFSC's work. By providing resources for Friends meetings and churches on various topics around social justice, the program seeks to build a movement of Friends working for peace.
There are two models, outlined below, that you and your congregation can use to get involved:
Regularly connect your congregation to the work of AFSC
- Republish a post from the Acting in Faith newsletter
- Connect spirit to social witness using the Testimonies booklet as a forum
- Create a new vision with your youth in the If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth film festival
- Read Shared Security for Adult Religious Education and submit your response online
- Watch Redemption of the Prosecutor as a meeting and discuss faith and criminal justice
- Post an Acting in Faith article or blog on your congregation's social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, website)
More resources below:
Connect spirit to social witness
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.
Create a new vision
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. Submissions due January 11, 2014!
Identify and explore one issue that resonates with your community.
Example for Healing Justice focus:
- Read The New Jim Crow with your meeting using the Study Guide
- Host public education events featuring films such as Broken on all Sides and The House I Live In.
- Start writing or visiting people who are incarcerated; support returning citizens
- Lobby your local representatives for prison reform
Issue focus areas:
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 human rights abuses in Israel and 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 5 things your congregation can do to support 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.
These resources 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.
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.