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By Lucy Duncan
Published: September 4, 2012

Wars wouldn't exist without the creation of a hateful "other," drawing on racial, ethnic and religious prejudices to manufacture fear, demonizing the "enemy" to justify killing people. Unfortunately our own country is no stranger to this tactic.  The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Red Scare during the McCarthy era, and most recently, identifying people of Arab descent as 'terrorists'--these are all part of the history of the dehumanization and isolation of some groups of people in order to justify militarism and war. 

These fear-inducing labels...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: August 3, 2012

In spirit-led action the condition of the heart seems central – that in order to create lasting resolution to hurts and conflict,  listening, telling the truth about people’s experiences of injustice, and having the courage to love beyond assumptions and societal constructs are all central. Does this resonate with your own experience? Tell your own stories of spirit-led action here or talk about the qualities you believe are essential in spirit-led action.


By Silas Wanjala
Published: July 31, 2012

Note: This interview is the fourth in the Acting in Faith series of interviews with Quaker activists. I define activist in the broadest sense - those working for justice and healing in many divergent ways. - Lucy

by Silas Wanjala

Dr. Amanda Kemp blends activism and spirituality, theatre arts, and history. She is a playwright, a poet, a performer, a master teacher, and consultant. She earned her B...

By Silas Wanjala
Published: June 27, 2012

Note: The below interview by Silas Wanjala is the third in a series of Interviews with Quaker Activists. I define activist in the broadest sense – those working to help to mend and heal the world, to create justice and peace from many vantage points.  – Lucy

By Silas Wanjala

Michael Gagné has been involved in many campaigns focused on environmental issues and other aspects of social change. A trainer, facilitator and organizer, Michael...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: June 5, 2012

by Lucy Duncan


This is the second in AFSC's Acting in Faith series of interviews with Quaker Activists. You can read all of them here.

Niyonu Spann created Beyond Diversity 101 many years ago. Beyond Diversity 101 is a five-day intensive experience grounded in faith that brings people together to acknowledge and manifest oneness. Niyonu tells participants that the design for BD101 came to her fairly whole. She was...