I reached for last year’s Annual Report before I sat down to write to you – and then for the year before that one. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by Annual Reports and year-end figures stretching back for decades – a wealthy history of the quest for peace, a recitation of just what is possible when like-minded people refuse to allow the world to be defined by violence.
This year I felt the presence of grace grow stronger in my life, in my country, across my world. In a time of sorrow for too many, I still felt hope.
This may seem surprising, given that the war in Iraq entered its third tragic year. That’s a milestone that sobers us all. A tsunami of staggering power devastated life in communities bordering the Indian Ocean. Hurricane Katrina brought physical and emotional devastation to our brothers and sisters in the Gulf states.
Dear Friend, As it has since its founding in 1917, the American Friends Service Committee faced a year of challenges and successes in 2004. While saddened by the continuing violence and death in Iraq, we were strengthened by the remarkable and moving response to our traveling memorial, Eyes Wide Open.
Dear Friend, The American Friends Service Committee experienced another landmark year in 2003. The philosophy we’ve lived by became the engine for a nationwide movement: Peace is precious—war is never acceptable. Across the United States and around the world, concerned people joined us in expressing concern and outrage at our government’s headlong rush to violence.
The American Friends Service Committee’s work in 2002 continued to be affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. An overarching campaign called “No More Victims” directly linked our domestic and international programs and renewed our historic emphasis on U.S. peacebuilding by promoting citizen action.
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