Acting in Faith

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Claiming all our children

Note: Pamela Haines has written extensively on nonviolent parenting. In honor of Mother's Day, Madeline asked her to write a piece from her experience and she shared this—a very inclusive way of thinking of parenting and family. –Lucy 

I started claiming children in the usual way—having my own. Then, when the boys were two and five, that claiming took a whole new turn.

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Pamela with many of her children and their partners

Pamela with many of her children and their partners

Pamela (third from right) with many of her children and their partners

Schooled in disconnection: Waking up and struggling for racial justice

Note: I sat down to write a reflection piece on the White Privilege Conference, which I attended with other AFSC staff and board members and a number of Quakers in April, and I ended up exploring how I learned racism instead. This piece is dedicated to my teachers: Niyonu Spann, Vanessa Julye, Pamela Haines, Pat Jennings, kamillah fairchild, Rosa Silveira, Nancy Duncan, Frances Hoover, and so many others. – Lucy

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Lucy with her brothers in Iowa

Lucy with her brothers in Iowa

Lucy with her brothers in Iowa

On Sacred Ground: Encountering God's transforming power at an immigrant rights march

Note: This post, a reflection on the immigrant rights march in Boston in 2010, was originally published in 2011 in The Crier, the newsletter of the NEYM Racial, Social, and Economic Justice Committee.

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Boston Immigrants Rights March 2010

Boston immigrants rights march, 2010

Boston Immigrants Rights March 2010

Resist and love: Bayard Rustin and the gay marriage debate

On March 26, I watched Facebook turn red as friend after friend switched their profile picture to a red and pink equal sign, a graphic first posted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in support of gay marriage during the Supreme Court’s ruling over the fate of California’s Proposition 8.

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Bayard Rustin's letter to the New York draft board

Bayard Rustin's 1943 letter to the New York draft board, outlining his religious and ethical reasons for resisting conscription.

Palestine wilderness

Note: Tory Smith is an intern working for AFSC’s Wage Peace and Israel/Palestine programs. He is a Quaker. He presented this piece as part of a panel of faith-based activists at the Justice Conference hosted in Philadelphia in February.

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What the dead might ask of us: A prayer for the living

“No more hurting people. Peace.”                                 -  Martin Richard, 8, killed at the Boston Marathon    bombings

 

 

 

 

The blast sends shock waves

Waves of fear, of anger, of confusion

Waves of caring, of love, of tenderness

Images of the explosions and of the bleeding cut to the heart

Who could do such a thing?

 

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Hearts in Boston by Brian D'Amico

Hearts in Boston by Brian D'Amico

Hearts in Boston by Brian D'Amico

Peace is the way: A letter to the Internal Revenue Service

Note: Today, tax day, Paul Sheldon, a Quaker peace activist, posted on Facebook that he has for several years underpaid his federal income taxes as a witness against war. I invited him to send us the letter he includes when he files his taxes and he sent it to me to be published here. The amount he excludes from his tax check in modest, $25, but he always includes a letter and feels that this witness is a small, but meaningful step, in opposing war. He invites others to join him in this witness, as led. - Lucy

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Paul Sheldon, Lockheed demonstration

Paul Sheldon, Lockheed demonstration

Author Paul Sheldon during a Good Friday vigil outside of Lockheed Martin, one of the country's largest war profiteer and nuclear weapons manufacturer.

To Friends Everywhere: An Epistle from the American Friends Service Committee

“People can be transformed by being open and human. We believe that people have a need to be heard, but how they are heard really matters – if they take the risk of telling their story, it needs to make a difference.” – Denise Altvater

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Corporation Meeting: Denise Altvater and Triphonie Habonimana

Corporation Meeting: Denise Altvater and Triphonie Habonimana

Denise Atlvater and Triphonie Habonimana after their Friday night presenation.

Journal of observations during the 2013 AFSC Corporation Meeting

Note: Sandy Branam, a member of Savannah Monthly Meeting of Southeastern Yearly Meeting, created a painted journal of the 2013 AFSC Corporation Meeting including her trip to Philadelphia and back via the train. She passsed it along to me saying that we could publish it here.  I had a real sense of a gathered meeting as Friends participated in staff presentations, engaged in meeting for business, and came together to learn how AFSC and Friends can partner in Spirit-guided action, and these images capture that spirit. - Lucy

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Mary Dyer at Friends Center

Mary Dyer at Friends Center

Mary Dyer at Friends Center

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