Healing Justice

Community of Learning Background

In 2010 AFSC’s Healing Justice Programs in New England and New York held three gatherings to discuss the transition from “criminal justice” work to “healing justice” work.  We continue this work with listening project in the Northeast so that individuals and communities harmed by violence and the institutions of criminal justice will heal and transform that harm into wholeness.

FILM - "The Empty Chair"

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

TThe documentary, "The Empty Chair," examines loss, punishment, and healing through four families' stories of a loss few of us could possibly comprehened: the murder of a family member and living through the aftermath.  Renny Cushing, a resident of Hampton and Executive Director of Murder Victims Families for Human Rights, is featured in this film.  Discussion follows film.  The Culture of Peace and Nonviolence film series is co-sponsored by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, AFSC, Concord UU Church, Temple Beth Jacob, NH Peace Action, NH UCC Peace with Justice Advocates. 

"Empty Chair" poster

Poster for Feb. 13, 2012 showing of "The Empty Chair" in Concord.

Preparing the Way for Truth and Reconciliation in Maine

“It is the first truth and reconciliation (process) in this country that is dealing with the child welfare system in the United States.  It’s also the first truth and reconciliation between a government of the United States and a sovereign tribal nation.  And as far as we know, because we’ve done work with the Transitional Justice Center in New York City, it is also the first that‘s been developed collaboratively between two opposing parties.” ~Denise Altvater

Conversation with Denise Altvater on Truth and Reconciliation in Maine

The following are excerpts from a recent conversation with Denise Altvater, AFSC’s Wabanaki Program Coordinator in Maine.  Keith Harvey, AFSC’s regional director in New England, hosted the telephone conversation, and several friends and supporters joined the call.

 Keith: Denise, would you introduce yourself and your work?

Friend of a Friend: What do we mean by love?

Participants in AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

Participants in AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

Participants in AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program at a Graduation Ceremony

by Lucy Duncan

“Slowly we learn that we are all broken, all less than perfect, and that God loves us, each one, wonderfully even so. Slowly we learn that the real love for one another we crave is not the ideal love of my personal façade for your façade, but the imperfect intent to love that my flawed self can offer the real you.”

– Lloyd Lee Wilson, Quaker

AFSC 2011 Highlights

This report provides examples of the work your generous support has made possible this year. As you read it, we are confident that the progress shown will fuel your optimism and determination. Thank you for being part of our community!

 

The Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Beloved Community

Keith Harvey, AFSC Regional Director in New England, is hosting a series of community phone conversations on the theme The Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Beloved Community

We'll be talking about economic justice,the peace we work for in the world, and the peace we work for within.   Please join us!

Community Phone Call: Truth and Reconciliation

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Please join Denise Altvater, Coordinator of AFSC's Wabanaki Program, for the inside story of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Process now underway in Maine.  Learn about this extraordinary journey toward healing and forgiveness, and bring your questions for Denise!

Our host will be Keith Harvey, AFSC Regional Director in New England, who has launched a three part series of community conversations on the theme,  The Haves, the Have-Nots and the Beloved Community.

CURRENTS Closing Show

Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

From the "Can You hear Me Now" Collection of F. Geofrrey Johnson

visual arts, CURRENTS, black men

From the "Can You hear Me Now" Collection of F. Geofrrey Johnson

CURRENTS: Black men's cultural activism - A Visual Arts Exhibit, with poetry, music and film is a visual art exhibit featuring works by F. Geoffrey Johnson and Kerly Suffren.  

Join us for the Closing Show featuring the rock/hip-hop sounds of Adams Morgan, vocalist Reci Reign, hip-hop sounds of Young Nova, and poets Theresa Davis and F. Geoffrey Johnson.

 

 

 

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