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What Quaker congregations can do to help end the conflict in Israel-Palestine

Participants in a TIAA-CREF Divestment Workshop

Participants in a TIAA-CREF Divestment Workshop

Participants in a TIAA-CREF Divestment Workshop

Quaker churches and meetings can help support the end of the conflict in Israel-Palestine by considering the issue as a meeting and participating in several activities. Read more to find out how you can get involved.

Ten things you can do to support AFSC's Israel-Palestine and divestment programming

1. Join the We Divest – TIAA-CREF Campaign. Sign the Petition and encourage others to do so. (more information at www.wedivest.org)

2. Host a house party and invite a speaker to come and talk about the We Divest Campaign or about the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Help us reach new people who have these retirement funds, especially those “on the fence” about divestment.

And, who is my neighbor? Praying with Sikhs after Oak Creek

by Lucy Duncan

My family and I live in a multicultural neighborhood just west of Philadelphia. My neighbors include many new immigrants from India, Bangladesh, Korea, Vietnam, Greece, and other countries, as well as many African-Americans.

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Sikh Vigil in Millbourne

Sikh Vigil in Millbourne

Sikh Vigil in Millbourne

Seeing the world through another’s eyes

This a guest blog post by Gabriela Flora, AFSC Regional Project Voice Organizer - Lucy

Often the first step to becoming an ally is hearing and really listening to another person’s story.  I went to Intermountain Yearly Meeting (IMYM) at Ghost Ranch in the mountains of New Mexico this year for the first time since I’ve been on staff and told and heard moving stories there.

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Rocks at Ghost Ranch

Rocks at Ghost Ranch

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

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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