Acting in Faith

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An intrinsic part of the whole: On undoing racism among Friends

Note: Below are two comments made by Clark Reddy, a white ally, on a long string of comments focused on FGC’s New Meetings Project website in the context of a Facebook group about Revitalization of the Friends Message.

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Quaker sign by Esther Simpson

Quaker sign by Esther Simpson

Roots for Peace: Preparing the soil for change

Carlos "Elmo" Gomez uses gardening as a way to unite his community and make positive changes to his neighborhood in Los Angeles.

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Roots for Peace mural

Roots for Peace mural

Roots for Peace mural

A profound spiritual crisis: Prison voices call for change

Note: Bonnie Kerness presented this talk at the Woodrow Willson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in March. Her talk was one of a number of events organized around the exhibition of Artwork by Prisoners featuring the collages of Ojore Lutalo.  The announcement of the exhibit said,"Ojore, once a member of the Black Liberation Army, was incarcerated in the Trenton State Prison from 1986 though 2009.

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Chain Gang Women by Ojore Lutalo

Chain Gang Women by Ojore Lutalo

Chain Gang Women by Ojore Lutalo

Powerful fiction: An interview with the writers of "Gaza Writes Back"

Reading the short stories from the new book, “Gaza Writes Back: Short stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine,” I was struck by the stories’ deep humanity. 

The fictional pieces connect the reader not only to the daily threat of violence, dispossession and oppression experienced daily in the Gaza strip—they connect the reader to the minds and hearts of the Palestinian people, full of passion, humility and power, despite the odds. 

Working steadfastly for peace: The 2014 AFSC Corporation meeting

Note: Here is a slide show of the 2014 AFSC Corporation Meeting, the theme of which was, "Working Steadfastly for Peace in Israel-Palestine." Friends from throughout the United States gathered to learn together with AFSC staff, to conduct business, and to worship together. One Friend said, "I value the work of talented, dedicated staff and volunteers at all levels. I value the role of spirit/worship in AFSC's work. This meeting has been one of the best experiences of my life." Hopefully these photos convey the spirit and energy of the meeting.

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Clerks' Table at the AFSC Corporation Meeting

Clerks' Table at the AFSC Corporation Meeting

Clerks' Table at the AFSC Corporation Meeting

Active mystics

If you hang around Quaker circles long enough, you are likely to pick up on an often unexpressed tension between what are called the “mystics” and the “activists;" those who express their faith by doing, by acting in the world, by addressing social concerns, and those who prefer to express their faith through contemplation, conversation, and other spiritual practices. 

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Shan Cretin, Corporation 2014

Shan Cretin presenting on AFSC's work at this year's Corporation Meeting.

A community of seekers gathered for peace: To Friends everywhere

Epistle arising from American Friends Service Committee Corporation Meeting March 6-8, 2014

To Friends Everywhere:

The annual meeting of the American Friends Service Committee’s Corporation was convened on March 6, 2014, in Philadelphia by Arlene W. Kelly, Presiding Clerk of the Corporation, with optimism and celebration of 97 years of AFSC service.

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Jenn Piper leads members in an immigration game

Jenn Piper leads members in an immigration game

Jenn Piper leads members in an immigration game

Zacchaeus, angelic troublemakers and hearts broken open

Note: This post is the prepared message by Wess Daniels offered to the AFSC Corporation meeting this past weekend during semi-programmed worship. Wess is the pastor of Camas Friends Church in Washington state and he offered this in the context of the meeting theme which was, "Steadfastly working for just and lasting peace in Israel-Palestine." I found his words moving and challenging and hope you will, too. - Lucy

 

The Eagle, Chickens and Single-Stories

 

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Eagle soaring

Eagle soaring

Eagle soaring

Can we sing together?

In worship this morning, I found myself thinking ahead to next week’s AFSC Corporation Meeting. I wasn’t surprised to find myself wondering, “Can we sing together?”

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Corporation 2013, Empty benches

Race Street Meeting house during the 2013 Corporation Meeting.

The Inward Teacher: Excerpts from Black Fire

Often when Quakers speak of the Divine, they are referring to a deeply internal experience, an experience of being filled with Truth and Love. Often they witness the Divine when sitting together in silent worship.  But many times they do not.  The inward experience is one of being guided, of being transformed from a place of shadow to a place of light; of bondage to freedom; of despair to hope.

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Tree painting by Lucy Duncan

Tree by Lucy Duncan

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