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By Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: June 26, 2014

Note: This post is the fourth in a series of Acting in Faith entries by members of a May AFSC staff delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Mike Merryman-Lotze is the Program Director of the AFSC Israel-Palestine program and served as one of two hosts for the delegation. You can read all of the posts here. - Lucy

As I prepared for this delegation I had no idea what to expect.  I first came to Israel and the occupied...

By Jennifer Bing
Published: June 19, 2014

Note: This post is one of a series of reflections from ten AFSC staff who went on a delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory in May, 2014. AFSC began its work in Gaza in 1948 supporting refugees. Since 1950 we've built kindergartens, trained teachers, and carried out agriculture and restoration projects there.  Now AFSC’s work is focused on supporting youth cohesion and efforts to end the occupation of Palestinian territory.  All of us who went to Gaza were moved by the people we met and the conditions we witnessed. It left a huge impression and...

By John & Gail Fletcher
Published: June 12, 2014

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression before—organizing Quakers is like “herding cats,” an impossibly frustrating task, often leading to an overabundance of structures created to quell the insecurities of so many strong-minded individuals.  But that doesn’t stop us from trying to work together, motivated by a deep, Spiritually grounded commitment to justice. This spring, I witnessed one Yearly Meeting employ a variety of methods—both spiritual and intellectual—to bring together one Quaker body for deep, impactful social change work grounded in Love.

I was invited...

By Shirien
Published: June 5, 2014

Note: In early May I was one of ten AFSC staff that traveled to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories to learn about AFSC’s work, meet partners and learn about the current context and situation there. AFSC youth organizer Shirien was another of the people on the delegation. Though she was detained for four and a half hours at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, she was admitted into the country.  During the trip she was able to visit the destroyed villages of her parents’ families, Calonia and Majdal Yaba. Only a few of us went with her to Calonia, but the whole delegation...

By Madeline Schaefer
Published: June 4, 2014

In February of this year (2014), torrential rainfall in the East African country of Burundi led to devastating floods and the death of over 60 people, destroying properties and leaving 12,000 people homeless.  The Burundi government came to the aid of the victims by calling together various relief organizations to provide support, including the American Friends Service Committee, Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) and other Quaker organizations in Burundi.  Together, these organizations developed an Action Plan to respond to the needs of the thousands of homeless and...