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By Douglas Bennett
Published: April 19, 2015

Note: Doug Bennett used to be a member of Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends, which recently split over views of same-sex marriage.  He is now a member of the New Association of Friends, a yearly meeting that is comprised of welcoming congregations (those that welcome all people and affirm LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage). I asked him for his thoughts on the new "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA) that was recently passed in Inidiana and the response. Here are his thoughts. - Lucy

“Always do the right thing as you know it.” I wrote that on an...

By Victoria Greene
Published: April 15, 2015

Note: AFSC published Letter from Birmingham City Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. in May, 1963. King wrote the letter on April 16, 1963 in response to an open, published letter from white clergy asking him to slow down, reproaching him on his methods and actions. The letter is a powerful call to action and an articulation of King's philosophy at the time.You can learn more about AFSC's relationship with King by reading ...

By Lori Fernald Khamala
Published: April 10, 2015

Note: A young man, Oscar, who fled El Salvador because he fears he will be murdered by the gang that killed his brother, may face deportation and is in urgent need of support. He may be processed for deportation back to El Salvador when he goes for his check-in April 21st with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).  Please read the post about him by Lori Khamala, watch the video below, and write a letter by Friday to ICE asking that he be allowed to stay in the United States. - Lucy

“In El Salvador, my brother saw MS-13 gang members kill his friend...

By David Jaimes
Published: March 17, 2015

David Jaimes was asked to prepare a message for Saturday morning's programmed meeting for worship at the 2015 AFSC Corporation Meeting (March 5-7). David gave powerful vocal ministry inspired by the 2015 Corporation Meeting theme, "Radical Hospitality: Working for Immigrant Justice." Below is a version of his message that has been edited for length. If you'd like to learn how you or your meeting/church can support immigrant justice in your community, join our next call for spirited action with AFSC staff members Jenn Piper and Lori Khamala on Thursday....

By Greg Elliott
Published: March 12, 2015

Despite the cancellation of Thursday night's program due to heavy snow, approximately 100 Friends attended the annual Corporation Meeting of AFSC this past weekend in Center City Philadelphia. Our short time together was filled with powerful workshops, engaging presentations, fruitful business sessions, and many exciting conversations.

Thank you to all the AFSC Corporation members, staff, presenters, volunteers, and Friends Center staff who braved the weather and made this an inspiring and valuable experience for all. See you next year!...