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Acting in Faith

Al Shuhada Street in Hebron
By: Pedro Rios
Published: October 21, 2015

In September 2015, Pedro joined AFSC colleagues from around the country on a delegation to the Occupied Palestinian Territories to meet with farmers, business people, politicians, and activists, in order to learn about how Israeli occupation impacts daily life for Palestinians living in the occupied territories.  The staff delegation visited the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem.  This is one in a series of articles on Pedro’s reflections on his visit to Palestine. - Lucy

A Palestinian child, no more than 10 years old, stood in the middle of the street near the...

Toshi Reagon's Parable of the Sower at the Annenberg Center
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: October 15, 2015

"All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is change. … As wind, as water, as fire, as life, God is change."  - Octavia Butler

Two weeks ago I saw a workshop version of Toshi and Bernice Johnson-Reagon's folk-rock adaptation of “The Parable of the Sower”—twice. I went twice because I wanted the music and the lyrics to seep into my body. Toshi Reagon talked about how the novels of Toni Morrison and...

Violence and grief in Palestine
By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: October 14, 2015

The number of dead and injured in Israel and the Palestinian terrorites continues to grow in recent weeks. The violence is the result of brutal force used to maintain the occupation. In this piece Mike Merryman-Lotze reflects on the violence and the videos and images of that violence being circulated. He asks why such images are necessary for outrage and compassion to address the roots of the problem. Read more in AFSC's recent statement about the current...

Black Lives Matter shuts down light rail in St. Paul
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

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