Acting in Faith

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Defending Free Speech for those labeled "Other"

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.

Stories and Qualities of Spirit-Led Action

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.

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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.

On a Mission to Heal the Planet: An Interview with Dr. Amanda Kemp

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

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Dr. Amanda Kemp

Dr. Amanda Kemp

Motivated by Great Love: Michael Gagné on Activism and the Spirit

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

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Michael Gagne

Michael Gagne

Michael Gagne

We are One: an Interview with Niyonu Spann

by Lucy Duncan

Introduction:

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

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Niyonu Spann

Niyonu Spann

Niyonu Spann

Shamba: Always, Never Coming Home

by Lucy Duncan

There’s a Godly Play©* version of the story of Adam and Eve in which the moment of crisis is one of recognizing separateness.  Before eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the story goes, humans understood that we were one with God, with one another, and with creation. The crisis gave us eyes to see nakedness when we didn’t before, to become disconnected when we were as one. 

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Home Group at the World Conference of Friends

Home Group at World Conference of Friends

Home Group at World Conference of Friends

When Clear Water Flows: Remember and Forgive

by Lucy Duncan

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Anne-Marie, a resident of a Peace Village in Burundi

Anne-Marie, a resident of a Peace Village in Burundi

Anne-Marie, a resident of a Peace Village in Burundi

Acting in Faith: Ain't Gonna Study War No More

Dear Friend,

“Sooner or later, all the peoples of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Study Advice for AFSC's Introduction to Quaker Testimonies

This document provides study advice for using An Introduction to Quaker Testimonies in adult or high school religious education programs.

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