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Working steadfastly for peace: The 2014 AFSC Corporation meeting

Clerks' Table at the AFSC Corporation Meeting

Clerks' Table at the AFSC Corporation Meeting

Clerks' Table at the 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.

Quakers respond to the State of the Union Address

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (@FCNL) and the American Friends Service Committee (@afsc_org) partnered in live tweeting responses to the State of the Union Address on January 28th, offering a distinctly Quaker perspective on the issues President Obama raised joined by other Quaker voices who also tweeted during the speech. 

What is the core of Quaker faith?

Inner Light

Inner Light

Inner Light 

Before the end of the year I posted this question on Facebook and I received an amazing string of answers. To me such an exercise is powerfully expressive of Quaker faith, which is not doctrinal but expressed in the individual experiences of those who practice. I think these answers together create a lovely poem expressive of the multitude of ways that Quakers understand and experience Quaker faith.

A prayer for the coming of the Light

Winter road

Winter road

Winter road

Note: Here is a poem, which came to me in worship, to celebrate the Winter Solstice. - Lucy

The snow is melting, the air is crisp

I sit in meeting for worship

Notice the ticking of the clock

A siren screeches

The benches creak

Bodies situate them selves

Resting their bones

Taking a breath, waiting

 

The noise revs up in my head

The ‘to do’ list, the moments I said the wrong thing, the news of a friend’s illness

On encounters at Thanksgiving

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Today people are traveling across the United States to make their way to the homes of loved ones to share food and celebrate Thanksgiving. Sometimes these encounters will be joyful, and sometimes they will be strained.

Enveloped by the sacred: Tinicum

Leaves at Tinicum

Leaves at Tinicum

Leaves at Tinicum

Note: I took a walk recently with my son and partner in Tinicum, also known as the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

This poem is a reflection on that walk and the conversation we had. We noticed that the destruction of the environment far away is also here in our midst, all around us.

Can the Bible be redeemed?

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

“Can the Bible be redeemed? Has it been used as a weapon so much that we cannot redeem it?” These were questions that the Rev. Naim Ateek, founder of the Friends of Sabeel, asked at the Wide Tent for Justice: Next Steps for Peace in Palestine/Israel conference at the St. James Episcopal Church in Chicago, co-sponsored by AFSC.

Realizing the dream: A conversation with Vincent Harding

Vincent Harding 2

Vincent Harding

Vincent Harding

Note: Vincent Harding was a close friend of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Vincent Harding on creating the Quaker community that does not yet exist

Paul Ricketts and Vincent Harding at the FGC Gathering

Paul Ricketts and Vincent Harding at the FGC Gathering

Paul Ricketts and Vincent Harding at the FGC Gathering

Note: Here is a brief exchange between Vincent Harding, an author of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech Beyond Vietnam and Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver, Colo. and Paul Ricketts, a Quaker from Indiana, that occurred during Harding’s book talk on “Hope and History: Why we must Share the Story of the Movement” at the

I am George Zimmerman: Getting past denial so we can begin to heal

They never stop and frisk old white guys like me

They never stop and frisk old white guys like me

They never stop and frisk old white guys like me

Note: All included images are by Michael Fleshman.

“The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." Audre Lorde

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