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Working steadfastly for peace: The 2014 AFSC Corporation meeting

Acting in Faith  |  By Lucy Duncan, Apr 4, 2014
Clerks' Table at the AFSC Corporation Meeting

Clerks' Table at the AFSC Corporation Meeting

Photo: AFSC / Bryan Vana

Note: Here is a slide show of the 2014 AFSC Corporation Meeting, the theme of which was, "Working Steadfastly for Peace in Israel-Palestine." Friends from throughout the United States gathered to learn together with AFSC staff, to conduct business, and to worship together. One Friend said, "I value the work of talented, dedicated staff and volunteers at all levels. I value the role of spirit/worship in AFSC's work. This meeting has been one of the best experiences of my life." Hopefully these photos convey the spirit and energy of the meeting. For more information about the meeting, see the epistle/letter sent to all Quakers, arising from this meeting.

All photos are by Bryan Vana, Nony Dutton, and Don Davis. - Lucy

Doug Bennett, clerk of the Friends Relations Committee, welcomes Corporation members

Musical group Tribe One sings songs of challenge and hope

Lucy Duncan, Director of Friends Relations, reads a poem, A prayer for the coming of the light

Artist Naima Lowe presents 39 Questions for White People

1 of the 39 Questions

Shan Cretin explains that the raised fist was originally a nonviolent symbol of resistance

Corporation members chat during a break

Domnique Stevenson and members of Friend of a Friend present about Healing Justice

Jenn Piper teaches participants how to play the immigration game

Erin Polley presents on Waging Peace with youth

Dalit Baum and Jennifer Bing present on economic activism to promote human rights in Israel-Palestine

Dalit Baum tells stories about Israel-Palestine and work for justice in the area

Dalit Baum and Sandra Tamari talk about working for just peace in Israel-Palestine

Israel-Palestine presenters at the AFSC Corporation meeting including Iyad Burnat from Bi'lin in the West Bank

Aura Kanegis presents on Shared Security for a seasoning session

QuakerBooks of FGC sells books on issues presented at breaks

Arlene Kelly receives a minute of appreciation as she concludes her service as clerk of the AFSC Board

Phil Lord became the new clerk of the AFSC Board at the rise of this meeting

About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. Before working for AFSC, she was Director of Communications at FGC, managed QuakerBooks of FGC, and owned and managed her own children's bookstore in Omaha, The Story Monkey. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

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Lucy Duncan and Greg Elliott work together and with other AFSC staff to foster strong relationships between AFSC and Quakers.

Lucy is AFSC’s Director of Friends Relations. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

Greg is the Friends Relations Associate. He grew attending North Branch Monthly Meeting in the Poconos of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Greg currently lives in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

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