Planning campaigns to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and shift funds from military spending (59% of FY discretionary budget) to invest in our communities and our future. We are also beginning plans for bringing “Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan Exhibit" to Kansas City.
Mark Braverman is author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land. His visit with church leaders in Des Moines is one example of AFSC Iowa's peacebuilding efforts throughout the year.
By Kathleen McQuillen, Iowa Program Coordinator
Home for the holidays. We hear that sentiment echo among others across radio stations and shopping malls. While commercialism threatens to rob the holidays of their truer spirit, there still lives within all of us the simple joy found in being with friends and family in a safe, warm, and peaceful place—Home.
Sarah Bardwell, left, receives one of three Jack Gore Memorial Peace Awards at AFSC Colorado's Annual Public Gathering in 2010. Barbara Donachy presents the award to Sarah, whose many interests include youth and militarism.
The past year has been one of challenging adjustments and creative problem solving as AFSC staff and volunteers became used to having fewer people and resources to rely on. However, the AFSC community gathered for a joyful celebration of what the organization continues to stand for.
Sponsored by the Des Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace, the service will include a theme of "weaving," and the liturgy committee would like to have people in the congregation actually knitting or crocheting during the service. This is a special invitation to anyone who knits or crochets to be a part of the service in that way. If you'd like to participate, please contact Eloise Cranke (515-262-5974), or just show up with your knitting/crocheting on that evening.
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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AFSC has office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.