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When Clear Water Flows: Remember and Forgive

Anne-Marie, a resident of a Peace Village in Burundi

Anne-Marie, a resident of a Peace Village in Burundi

Anne-Marie, a resident of a Peace Village in Burundi

by Lucy Duncan

Lucy Duncan

Lucy Duncan is AFSC’s Friends Liaison. She has been a professional storyteller for almost 20 years. In the past five years she's begun working with Quaker meetings, leading retreats helping Friends to tell stories of spiritual experience. Lucy is a member of Goshen Friends Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and worked for FGC for twelve years. She lives at Friends Southwestern Burial Ground in the caretaker's house with her husband, the caretaker, and her 9-year-old son.

Acting in Faith: Ain't Gonna Study War No More

Dear Friend,

“Sooner or later, all the peoples of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Creative Maladjustment: a Prayer in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

Note: I offered the below prayer at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event in Philadelphia sponsored by the Occupy Philly Labor Working Group. The event emphasized labor rights and remembering King's focus on economic justice and on moving from a thing-oriented society to a people-oriented society that is capable of conquering "the triplets of consumerism, militarism, and racism." I publish it today on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King and in honor of Trayvon Martin. 

The Quality of Light

Mountain Kites from Windows and Mirrors

Mountain Kites from Windows and Mirrors

“The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.” Audre Lorde

Revolutionary nonviolence? David Solnit on people power and creativity

David Solnit with Occupy San Francisoc shuts down the main branch of the Bank of America

David Solnit with Occupy San Francisco

David Solnit with Occupy San Francisco shutting down the main branch of Bank of America

by Lucy Duncan

What makes a Quaker organization Quaker?

Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

by Lucy Duncan

Immigrants and Immigrant Allies: Making Justice Visible

Jordan Garcia with Day of the Dead Altar

Jordan Garcia with Day of the Dead Altar

Jordan Garcia with Day of the Dead Altar at Monthly Vigil

Note: The below blog post was written by Lucy Duncan, but with contributions and editorial support by Gabriela Flora, Jenn Piper, and M'Annette Ruddell.

“That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their inner eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality.” – Ralph Ellison

Occupy Together: Minutes from Quaker meetings and organizations

There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way

There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way

by Lucy Duncan

I’ve seen many minutes from monthly and yearly meetings and other Quaker bodies on the Occupy movement go by posted on Facebook. It seems to me it would be great to have a place to post all of them, and to that end here is a spot for all Quaker minutes on the Occupy movement to be posted. I found this one from Britain Yearly Meeting to start this off, but if you know of others or helped to write one, please post here. 

Friend of a Friend: What do we mean by love?

Participants in AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

Participants in AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

Participants in AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program at a Graduation Ceremony

by Lucy Duncan

“Slowly we learn that we are all broken, all less than perfect, and that God loves us, each one, wonderfully even so. Slowly we learn that the real love for one another we crave is not the ideal love of my personal façade for your façade, but the imperfect intent to love that my flawed self can offer the real you.”

– Lloyd Lee Wilson, Quaker

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