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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.

Love all the children: Disarming our hearts after the shootings at Sandy Hook School

Candle

Candle

Candle

In the Liberian version of the Christmas story, “Every Man Heart Lay Down,” retold by author Lorenz Graham, God is frustrated.

Change the story, change the world: A common Quaker project?

San Francsico Friends Meeting/AFSC Peace Vigil

San Francsico Friends Meeting/AFSC Peace Vigil

San Francsico Friends Meeting/AFSC Peace Vigil

“Let them remember that there is a meaning beyond absurdity. Let them be sure that every little deed counts, that every word has power, and that we can do — every one — our share to redeem the world despite all [the] absurdities and all the frustrations and all [the] disappointments. And above all, remember that the meaning of life is to live life as if it were a work of art.” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Addressing violence and fragility across the world: the road to economic development

QUNO Staff in Burundi

QUNO Staff in Burundi

QUNO Staff in Burundi

by Lucy Duncan

Thanks to Andrew Tomlinson, Director of QUNO-NY, Olivia Ensign, QUNO Program Assistant, and Theresa Kirby for assistance composing this post.

Security was tight in New York City as delegates gathered for the high-level meetings that marked the opening of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in late September. There were snipers on the roof of the UN buildings, and black limousines with flashing lights crowded the streets nearby as they lined up to get through the NYPD roadblocks. 

After the election: Answering the knock

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

After the election I remembered this quotation by Martin Luther King, Jr., from his speech Beyond Vietnam at the Riverside Church in 1967:

Cultivating a vision to sustain generations: A conversation with Don Bustos

don bustos

Don Bustos

Don Bustos, Program Director for AFSC in New Mexico.

In August I spent a day in New Mexico, visiting AFSC’s farmer training program near Albuquerque.

I met the trainees, hearing from AFSC’s Sayrah Namaste about elements of the program and upcoming plans to expand state-wide, funded in large part by the Kellogg Foundation. I finished the day by talking with program director Don Bustos at his farm near Espanola.

And, who is my neighbor? Praying with Sikhs after Oak Creek

Sikh Vigil in Millbourne

Sikh Vigil in Millbourne

Sikh Vigil in Millbourne

by Lucy Duncan

My family and I live in a multicultural neighborhood just west of Philadelphia. My neighbors include many new immigrants from India, Bangladesh, Korea, Vietnam, Greece, and other countries, as well as many African-Americans.

We are One: an Interview with Niyonu Spann

Niyonu Spann

Niyonu Spann

Niyonu Spann

by Lucy Duncan

Introduction:

This is the second in AFSC's Acting in Faith series of interviews with Quaker Activists. You can read all of them here.

Shamba: Always, Never Coming Home

Home Group at the World Conference of Friends

Home Group at World Conference of Friends

Home Group at World Conference of Friends

by Lucy Duncan

There’s a Godly Play©* version of the story of Adam and Eve in which the moment of crisis is one of recognizing separateness.  Before eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the story goes, humans understood that we were one with God, with one another, and with creation. The crisis gave us eyes to see nakedness when we didn’t before, to become disconnected when we were as one. 

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