Acting in Faith

Catching the fire for healing justice, one Quaker congregation at a time

Merion Meeting Group

Merion Meeting Group

Merion Meeting outside of Philadelphia.

Criminal Justice reform is catching fire in Quaker communities around the country, in large part due to the publication and popularization of Michelle Alexander’s book, “The New Jim Crow.” The facts embedded in every page are undeniable and horrifying, and illustrate a truth that many have known for years, that these injustices are tied directly to this country’s history of slavery. It’s as if the book has finally made it okay for Quakers (and others) to speak up against injustice and to face our country’s past.

5 things your congregation can do to support immigrant justice

Immigration is about more then the cerebral aspects of policy, laws, and trade; immigration includes relationships, communities, and questions of morality and dignity. To fully delve into and enable a deep listening for truth, one has to get out of the classroom and committee meeting and into the world.

Realizing the dream: A conversation with Vincent Harding

Vincent Harding 2

Vincent Harding

Vincent Harding

Note: Vincent Harding was a close friend of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Quakers working together for immigrant justice

Moral Monday, NC

Moral Monday, NC

Moral Monday outside of the North Carolina legislature.

Note: Lori Fernald Khamala, program director of AFSC's Project Voice in Greensboro, North Carolina, shares the story of how AFSC partnered with FCNL and local Quakers to advocate for humane immigration reform this month. - Madeline

Even though Quaker organizations often work on the same issues and share the same values, it doesn’t mean we always work together as well as we should. But recently, a local collaboration between AFSC and the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) netted big gains.

Vincent Harding on creating the Quaker community that does not yet exist

Paul Ricketts and Vincent Harding at the FGC Gathering

Paul Ricketts and Vincent Harding at the FGC Gathering

Paul Ricketts and Vincent Harding at the FGC Gathering

Note: Here is a brief exchange between Vincent Harding, an author of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech Beyond Vietnam and Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver, Colo. and Paul Ricketts, a Quaker from Indiana, that occurred during Harding’s book talk on “Hope and History: Why we must Share the Story of the Movement” at the

Accompaniment: An experiment in healing justice

Helping Hand 2

Helping Hand

Helping Hand

Note: Laura Magnani, a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting in Berkeley, Calif., and the director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice program, tells the story of how local Quaker congregations accompanied a formerly incarcerated man back into the community.

"The Arab Street"

The Arab Street

The Arab Street

The Arab Street

Note: Max Carter, the Director of the Friends Center at Guilford College, has led study tours to Israel-Palestine in the summer for many years. He sent me this post after returning from his most recent trip. - Lucy

I am George Zimmerman: Getting past denial so we can begin to heal

They never stop and frisk old white guys like me

They never stop and frisk old white guys like me

They never stop and frisk old white guys like me

Note: All included images are by Michael Fleshman.

“The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." Audre Lorde

Dis-Heartened: On recognizing the disease that killed Trayvon

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Note: My friend Niyonu Spann, a Quaker healer who has been a very important teacher to me, posted the below piece on Facebook earlier this week. She graciously gave me permission to re-publish it here. Her reflection offers a sense of the unmediated pain of the George Zimmerman verdict and some sense of the deep need for healing from the disease of racism NOW.

Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting minute on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Note: The below minute from Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting was presented for consideration by the Southern Applachian Yearly Meeting and Association (SAYMA) at its June, 2013 annual gathering. In the coming year each SAYMA monthly meeting will consider the ideas in the minute and whether they are led to take similar action or to affirm this minute.

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