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By Greg Elliott
Published: October 7, 2015

If you are a student of Christian theology, the concept of “already, but not yet” might be a familiar one. I first heard it in a class on the New Testament during my (very) brief time at Earlham School of Religion.

As I remember it, “already, but not yet” was a way to explain why this world is still so full of violence, oppression, and injustice after Jesus was supposed to usher in a new age of peace and righteousness. Reading the Christian scriptures, it’s clear that Jesus and his followers believed this age of peace would happen in their lifetimes, so modern theologians had to...

By Sandy Robson
Published: October 1, 2015

White Quaker singer-songwriter Sandy Robson reflects on fear and how it operates to maintain segregation and racial oppression in this moving piece about growing up in Baltimore and learning about the vulnerability and lack of safety her Black friends feel. This piece was originally published on Sandy's website (her singer-songwriter name is Letitia VanSant) in May. - Lucy

Come to a full and complete...

By Laura Magnani
Published: September 24, 2015

On September 1st an historic settlement was reached in California on the use of long-term isolation or solitary confinement. This win came after years of organizing in which AFSC staff were actively participating. This is a summary of the agreement reached and of all the work and actions that went into making the agreement possible by incarcerated men, their families, and other allies working together persistently and faithfully for change. - Lucy

Victories don’t come along every day when you work on prison issues – or restorative justice issues for that matter. But earlier...

By Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: September 22, 2015

Below is a response to Mike Merryman-Lotze's guest blog post Palestine Activism in an Anti-Racist Framework from members of the Palestine Israel Action Group (PIAG) of Ann Arbor Friends Meeting. The original blog post, though written in Mike's personal voice, does reflect AFSC's position and Mike replies to this open letter below. Though we don't agree with PIAG's position, we publish this letter...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: September 18, 2015

"At this place, in this moment of time, all mankind is us. Let us do something while we have the chance." – Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

I’ve been struggling with despair.

The refugee crisis in Syria and how the world has so inadequately responded to their civil war has woken me up and alarmed me. Though it does not convey the full complexity of the situation (I am not a Syria expert), this comic by Audrey Quinn and Jackie Roche...