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Acting in Faith

Helping Hand
By: Laura Magnani
Published: July 30, 2013

Note: Laura Magnani, a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting in Berkeley, Calif., and the director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice program, tells the story of how local Quaker congregations accompanied a formerly incarcerated man back into the community.

A few years ago Arthur (not his real name) sent a letter to Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting from a state mental hospital, asking about Friends practices and about friendship. He expected eventually to parole to our area, but as a sex offender, he knew...

The Arab Street
By: Max Carter
Published: July 23, 2013

Note: Max Carter, the Director of the Friends Center at Guilford College, has led study tours to Israel-Palestine in the summer for many years. He sent me this post after returning from his most recent trip. - Lucy

On the recent annual service-learning trip to Palestine/Israel that my wife and I lead under the sponsorship of Friends United Meeting, an international Quaker organization, we had a unique experience of "the Arab Street."  A term typically used in reference to Arab public opinion, the Arab street took on a more literal meaning for us when our group arrived in...

They never stop and frisk old white guys like me
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: July 20, 2013

Note: All included images are by Michael Fleshman.

“The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." Audre Lorde

It took me a few days to cry after the George Zimmerman verdict. I read posts and kept connected via social media, went to the rally in Love Park in Philadelphia, and felt the deep resignation, sadness, and holy rage that was there. I watched the video in which...

Trayvon Martin
By: Niyonu Spann
Published: July 16, 2013

Note: My friend Niyonu Spann, a Quaker healer who has been a very important teacher to me, posted the below piece on Facebook earlier this week. She graciously gave me permission to re-publish it here. Her reflection offers a sense of the unmediated pain of the George Zimmerman verdict and some sense of the deep need for healing from the disease of racism NOW.

The image is by artist Ricardo Levins Morales, whose powerful work you can see on his website...

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: July 9, 2013

Note: The below minute from Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting was presented for consideration by the Southern Applachian Yearly Meeting and Association (SAYMA) at its June, 2013 annual gathering. In the coming year each SAYMA monthly meeting will consider the ideas in the minute and whether they are led to take similar action or to affirm this minute.

Tony Bing, one of the initiators of the process in Swannanoa Valley Meeting, told me the process to come to unity was deep and powerful and very engaged. Other Quaker congregations are invited to consider taking similar...