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Acting in Faith

No longer an experiment: Friends Housing Cooperative and community transformation

By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: May 16, 2013
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About the Author

Madeline is the Friends Relations Associate. She grew up in the beautiful Radnor Meeting community outside of Philadelphia, and attended Friends Schools in the area until the end of High School.  After several years of studying and traveling, she returned to Philadelphia only to immerse herself once again in the stories, the culture and the spirituality of Philadelphia Quakers.  While living in collective house in West Philadelphia, she grew curious about the history of young Quaker activists in the neighborhood, and started an oral history project to find out more.  Madeline is interested in exploring the ways in which life in community can stretch our capacity for compassion and growth.  Her dream is to create more alternative communities of people learning how to live together, creating models for a society fueled by cooperation and love.

Claiming all our children

By: Pamela Haines
Published: May 9, 2013
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About the Author

Pamela Haines is a long-time resident of Philadelphia, managing with her husband an extended family household in a diverse neighborhood of the city. Her work includes building community and empowerment among child care workers, teaching peer counseling, and leading family play groups.  She has been active in a variety of community, faith, and urban gardening ventures, and enjoys deep personal connections in Poland, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Indonesia. She leads workshops on faith, economics, and investment; is passionate about quilting and mending of all kinds; and blogs at Living in this World.

Schooled in disconnection: Waking up and struggling for racial justice

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: May 7, 2013
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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.

On Sacred Ground: Encountering God's transforming power at an immigrant rights march

By: Judy Goldberger
Published: April 26, 2013
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Judy Goldberger is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting (New England Yearly Meeting) and of the Boston New Sanctuary Movement, an interfaith immigrant justice coalition. Her heart was first broken open working as a Birth Sister (doula) in Boston's immigrant communities.

Resist and love: Bayard Rustin and the gay marriage debate

By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: April 23, 2013
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About the Author

Madeline is the Friends Relations Associate. She grew up in the beautiful Radnor Meeting community outside of Philadelphia, and attended Friends Schools in the area until the end of High School.  After several years of studying and traveling, she returned to Philadelphia only to immerse herself once again in the stories, the culture and the spirituality of Philadelphia Quakers.  While living in collective house in West Philadelphia, she grew curious about the history of young Quaker activists in the neighborhood, and started an oral history project to find out more.  Madeline is interested in exploring the ways in which life in community can stretch our capacity for compassion and growth.  Her dream is to create more alternative communities of people learning how to live together, creating models for a society fueled by cooperation and love.

Palestine wilderness

By: Tory Smith
Published: April 19, 2013
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Tory Smith is an AFSC campus organizer on Israel/Palestine and a researcher on drones and unmanned aerial vehicles in Philadelphia. He has lived in the midst of the Israel/Palestinian conflict during the 2011 Arab Spring, and he has a degree in peace and global studies from Earlham College. Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, he has traveled widely, and likes to imagine that he learned something from that. He is currently located in Philadelphia, with part of his heart still stuck in Palestine.

What the dead might ask of us: A prayer for the living

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: April 17, 2013
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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.

To Friends Everywhere: An Epistle from the American Friends Service Committee

By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: April 11, 2013
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About the Author

Madeline is the Friends Relations Associate. She grew up in the beautiful Radnor Meeting community outside of Philadelphia, and attended Friends Schools in the area until the end of High School.  After several years of studying and traveling, she returned to Philadelphia only to immerse herself once again in the stories, the culture and the spirituality of Philadelphia Quakers.  While living in collective house in West Philadelphia, she grew curious about the history of young Quaker activists in the neighborhood, and started an oral history project to find out more.  Madeline is interested in exploring the ways in which life in community can stretch our capacity for compassion and growth.  Her dream is to create more alternative communities of people learning how to live together, creating models for a society fueled by cooperation and love.

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