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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!...

By Greg Elliott
Published: February 25, 2015

Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble began her research on Dr. Virginia M. Alexander (1899-1949) because she is an unsung hero in the field of medicine. Dr. Alexander founded the Aspiranto Health Home in her own house in North Philadelphia, where she operated an integrated, socialized medical practice that provided much needed medical care to the black community; she did important research on the “social, economic, and health problems of North Philadelphia” with startling results; she worked on the Race Relations Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to integrate...

By Bayard Rustin
Published: February 19, 2015

The following letter was written by Bayard Rustin in 1943. AFSC is fortunate to have a copy in its archives, which you can find on our website. “Letter to His Draft Board” was republished in the book Black Fire (Quaker Press of Friends General Conference) in 2011, and last year, Quaker Press published a children’s book about Bayard Rustin entitled,...

By Lori Fernald Khamala
Published: February 12, 2015

A gunman who had posted anti-religious messages on Facebook and quarreled with neighbors was charged with killing three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

The victims were newlyweds Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, a University of North Carolina dental student, and his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Yusor's sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

 All were involved in humanitarian aid programs. Barakat, an American citizen of Syrian origin, wrote in his last Facebook post about providing free dental supplies...