Acting in Faith

Stone in the belly: Transforming trauma in community

Water/stress filling glass

Water/stress filling glass

Water/stress filling glass

Note: This is the first of a series of blog posts on a Healing and Rebuilding our Communities workshop that three AFSC staff took at Stony Run Friends Meeting in early May 2013. - Lucy

"Unless pain is transformed, it will be transferred."            - Richard Rohr, quoted by Amy Rakusin

“For our country, let us toil joyfully:” supporting Haitians in becoming citizens in Florida

Haitian student in AFSC citizenship class

Haitian student in AFSC citizenship class

Haitian student in AFSC citizenship class

My husband is British. I remember sitting in what was then the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) office soon after our wedding waiting to be interviewed so that he could get his green card. It was October, 2001 and there were very few people in the waiting room. Our immigration lawyer said that since 9/11 many of his clients had been showing up for their interviews and getting arrested, so many had stopped coming.

Witness to A Family’s Tragedy

Newark, 5-1-2013

Newark immigration rally

Immigration rally in Newark on May 1, 2013.

This morning, May 17, we received this message from Elissa Steglich—a staff member of AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program—about a client who is being detained and set to be deported by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

No longer an experiment: Friends Housing Cooperative and community transformation

Nearly 10 years after its doors opened in 1952, owners of the Friends Housing Cooperative on 703 North 8th Street in Philadelphia could state with confidence that cooperative, interracial living was possible. “The Friends Housing Cooperative is no longer an experiment—it’s a nice place to live,” a poster from 1962 reads.

Claiming all our children

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

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.

Schooled in disconnection: Waking up and struggling for racial justice

Lucy with her brothers in Iowa

Lucy with her brothers in Iowa

Lucy with her brothers in Iowa

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

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

Boston Immigrants Rights March 2010

Boston immigrants rights march, 2010

Boston Immigrants Rights March 2010

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.

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.

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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