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Telling the story of us: Reflections on Quaker Voluntary Service

We all have a story of self. What’s utterly unique about each of us is not the categories we belong to; what’s utterly unique to us is our own journey of learning to be a full human being, a faithful person. And those journeys are never easy. They have their challenges, their obstacles, their crises. We learn to overcome them, and because of that we have lessons to teach. In a sense, all of us walk around with a text from which to teach, the text of our own lives.

-Marshall Gantz, Why Stories Matter

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Quaker Voluntary Service volunteers and director, Christina Repoley, after a day of reflection and story-telling.

A tour of AFSC's website for Friends

Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

If you’d like to learn how AFSC’s website can help you learn more about the organization, watch this webinar with Web Director Ralph Medley and Friends Liaison Lucy Duncan.

The webinar shows you ways to:

  • Learn more about AFSC’s work
  • Find out what program work is being done in your region of the U.S.
  • Subscribe or unsubscribe to the various e-newsletters AFSC produces
  • Access content produced particularly for a Quaker audience
  • Find resources for Quaker congregations

 

Lessons of spiritual strength: The legacy of Quaker work camps

When I was 14, my mother took me to a weekend-long Quaker work camp in West Philadelphia, one of the last before the program was closed in 2005. I painted a hallway blue, prepared simple meals, and slept in a sleeping bag. By Sunday afternoon, I knew that I had been transformed.

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Korea Workcamp

Volunteers at an AFSC Work Camp in Korea.

1940 Work Camp Brochure

Brochure of American Friends Service Committee Work Camp from 1940.

Spirit rising: A revolution made of love

“These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wombs of a frail world, new systems of justice and equality are being born.

We must move past indecision to action. …

Now let us begin. Now let us re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.”

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

How a community heals: A conversation with Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and has worked for AFSC for eighteen years.  She has been instrumental in developing the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission between a sovereign Tribal Nation, the Wabanaki, and a U.S. state, Maine, to address hurts caused by the foster care system. The commission will be seated on February 12, 2013.

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Denise Altvater and siblings

Denise Altvater and siblings

Denise Altvater (far right)and siblings weeks before they were taken from the reservation and placed in a non-native foster home by the state of Maine.

Working at the Root: An audio documentary

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Nob Hill Market, May 2012

Nob Hill Market, May 2012

Farm trainee Joseluis Ortiz selling produce at farmer's market.

Connected to creation: Addressing the spiritual roots of climate change

How do we—as Quakers, as humans—address climate change? It’s a broad question about a multi-faceted issue, I know—and one that I’m certainly not ready to answer in 500 words or fewer.  But Quakers around the country are gathering in their local meetings and churches to ask this question, consider answers, and work with others to speak about and advocate for the solutions they propose. 

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Religious leaders, Sri Lanka

Religious leaders gathered in Sri Lanka to discuss climate change.

Love all the children: Disarming our hearts after the shootings at Sandy Hook School

In the Liberian version of the Christmas story, “Every Man Heart Lay Down,” retold by author Lorenz Graham, God is frustrated.

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Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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