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By Silas Wanjala
Published: July 31, 2012

Note: This interview is the fourth in the Acting in Faith series of interviews with Quaker activists. I define activist in the broadest sense - those working for justice and healing in many divergent ways. - Lucy

by Silas Wanjala

Dr. Amanda Kemp blends activism and spirituality, theatre arts, and history. She is a playwright, a poet, a performer, a master teacher, and consultant. She earned her B...

By Silas Wanjala
Published: June 27, 2012

Note: The below interview by Silas Wanjala is the third in a series of Interviews with Quaker Activists. I define activist in the broadest sense – those working to help to mend and heal the world, to create justice and peace from many vantage points.  – Lucy

By Silas Wanjala

Michael Gagné has been involved in many campaigns focused on environmental issues and other aspects of social change. A trainer, facilitator and organizer, Michael...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: June 5, 2012

by Lucy Duncan

Introduction:

This is the second in AFSC's Acting in Faith series of interviews with Quaker Activists. You can read all of them here.

Niyonu Spann created Beyond Diversity 101 many years ago. Beyond Diversity 101 is a five-day intensive experience grounded in faith that brings people together to acknowledge and manifest oneness. Niyonu tells participants that the design for BD101 came to her fairly whole. She was...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: May 31, 2012

by Lucy Duncan

There’s a Godly Play©* version of the story of Adam and Eve in which the moment of crisis is one of recognizing separateness.  Before eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the story goes, humans understood that we were one with God, with one another, and with creation. The crisis gave us eyes to see nakedness when we didn’t before, to become disconnected when we were as one. 

Key to the story is Adam and Eve’s choice not to eat from the Tree of Forever.  My feeling is that this means the human state of yearning for...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: May 14, 2012

by Lucy Duncan

During my time at the World Gathering of Friends at Kabarak University in Nakuru, Kenya, most mornings there was no water available on the dormitory floor where I was staying. The first morning I thought it was temporary, but as the days went on, I and my floor mates learned to deal with it, by taking showers at night, by keeping water in buckets, by getting used to accumulation in the squat toilets.  In the end, it was a blessing. I didn’t take a shower for three days and when finally I did, at 2 am one morning when the campus was so quiet, I learned...