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Nourished by our Quaker past: Growing and sharing food in community

Friends Southwestern Burial Ground

Friends Southwestern Burial Ground

Friends Southwestern Burial Ground

I live with my family in a 17-acre Quaker cemetery outside of the west edge of Philadelphia. My husband, Graham, is the cemetery’s caretaker. We live in the house on the grounds built in 1860. Our 11-year-old son, Simon, has known no other home.

There are a few notable Quaker dead buried there: Henry Cadbury, Margaret Hope Bacon, and Addison Hutton, but most of those buried aren't famous—they just lived simple lives.

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.

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

What the dead might ask of us: A prayer for the living

Hearts in Boston by Brian D'Amico

Hearts in Boston by Brian D'Amico

Hearts in Boston by Brian D'Amico

“No more hurting people. Peace.”                                 -  Martin Richard, 8, killed at the Boston Marathon    bombings

 

 

 

 

The blast sends shock waves

Waves of fear, of anger, of confusion

Waves of caring, of love, of tenderness

Images of the explosions and of the bleeding cut to the heart

Who could do such a thing?

 

The power to create light: Healing in Dublin Federal Women’s Prison

Window at Alcatraz

Window at Alcatraz by Jacqueline Poggi

Window at Alcatraz

Jacqueline Duhart, a Unitarian minister, runs a women’s group at Dublin Federal Women’s Prison south of Oakland for AFSC. The original leaders adapted Pace e Bene’s Traveling with the Turtle, a curriculum for women learning nonviolence.

Undocumented and unafraid: 67 Sueños (Dreams)

67 Sueños Mural Detail

67 Sueños Mural Detail

67 Sueños Mural Detail

“There is no greater agony than carrying an untold story inside of you.” – Maya Angelou

I spent a day with Pablo Paredes and a few of the courageous immigrant youth with whom he works when I was in San Francisco in December. Pablo is AFSC program director for 67 Sueños, a youth-led program that works to make visible the stories and dreams of undocumented youth who are often left out of the immigration debate.

The journey home: a prayer for healing

Moon over Maine

Moon over Maine

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

Spirit rising: A revolution made of love

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wombs of a frail world, new systems of justice and equality are being born.

We must move past indecision to action. …

Now let us begin. Now let us re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.”

How a community heals: A conversation with Denise Altvater

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.

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.

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