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Reconvening of healing justice visioning

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 5:30pm

Sharon Goens

Sharon Goens is AFSC's Twin Cities Healing Justice Program Director.

Sharon Goens is AFSC's Twin Cities Healing Justice Program Director.

AFSC's Healing Justice Program in Minnesota invites you to a “reconvening” of the visioning session held in January 2012.  At this gathering, we will share with you how we have begun to utilize the wisdom and experience people brought to the January 2012 meeting, and we will continue to co-create a joint vision of a healthy Minnesota. Everyone who is interested in this topic is welcome to attend.   

The journey home: a prayer for healing

On the occasion of the seating of the Maine-Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission

by Lucy Duncan


“People can be transformed by being open and human. We believe that people have a need to be heard, but how they are heard really matters – if they take the risk of telling their story, it needs to make a difference.” – Denise Altvater



Listen...to the story


Moon over Maine

Moon over Maine

Bridging the gaps in Minnesota

AFSC's Twin Cities Healing Justice program got off to a great start recently, serving as the host for an innovative legislative convening.

Sharon Goens, AFSC Program Director, was asked to host the convening because of AFSC’s neutral stance and because the healing justice framework—with its goal of supporting the process of bringing together long-sparing disparate voices to work toward a shared understanding—resonated strongly with those involved. 

Report from the 2013 All New Hampshire Friends Gathering

Transforming a punishment-based justice system to one based on healing

Fifty Quakers and a few friends of the Friends spent most of a Saturday discussing prison conditions, prison ministry, prison policies, and other matters at the All New Hampshire Gathering of Friends, held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord on January 19, 2013.  

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.


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.

NH Gathering of Friends

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

New Hampshire Quakers, and friends of the Friends, will gather to share information, ideas, and inspiration on the theme of prisons and transformation of the criminal justice system.  After a period of worship, attenders will hear from Margaret Hawthorn of Monadnock Quaker Meeting and Jamie Bissonnette-Lewey of the AFSC's Healing Justice Program.  Workshops will discuss restorative justice, Quaker work inside prisons and jails, and public policy issues such as death penalty repeal, prison privatization, and sentencing reform.  A children's program will be based on the story o

Twin Cities Healing Justice Program

Sharon Goens, director of the Twin Cities Healing Justice Program, describes AFSC's new work for justice in Minnesota.

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.





Another way of life is possible: Reflections on the shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Note: I sent Max Carter a note about an unrelated matter and he sent me these reflections about the recent mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., which he posted on the Guilford College Friends Center Facebook page yesterday.  - Lucy


The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks at the National Gallery

The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks at the National Gallery

"The Peaceable Kingdom" by Edward Hicks at the National Gallery

Youth Advocate for Justice in the Prison System

As the West Virginia Economic Justice Project addresses prison overcrowding on a policy level, the Appalachian Center for Equality Youth Leadership Program explores the racial and economic injustices of the prison industrial complex and the impact this has on their lives.

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