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On encounters at Thanksgiving

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

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.

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Leaves at Tinicum

Leaves at Tinicum

Leaves at Tinicum

Can the Bible be redeemed?

“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.

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Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Realizing the dream: A conversation with 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

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

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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

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

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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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

Creating one small plot of heaven: 49 ingredients for building trust in community

Note: Madeline Schaefer, Aarati Kasturirangan, and I attended a Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) workshop in Baltimore in May. This is the second of three posts about aspects of the workshop.

What is needed to build trust in community? After the HROC participants discussed healing from trauma and trust and mistrust, we set about to answer this question in small groups, and then reported back to each other.

As a whole group, we built a list of 49 qualities and practices needed to build trust in community.

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HROC Participants in Peace Village, Burundi

HROC Participants in Peace Village, Burundi

HROC Participants in Peace Village, Burundi

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

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.

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Friends Southwestern Burial Ground

Friends Southwestern Burial Ground

Friends Southwestern Burial Ground

Stone in the belly: Transforming trauma in community

AFSC's Acting in Faith blog reflects on the process of dealing with trauma and what it means to heal. 

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Water/stress filling glass

Water/stress filling glass

Water/stress filling glass

“For our country, let us toil joyfully:” supporting Haitians in becoming citizens in Florida

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.

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Haitian student in AFSC citizenship class

Haitian student in AFSC citizenship class

Haitian student in AFSC citizenship class

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