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

“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

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San Francsico Friends Meeting/AFSC Peace Vigil

San Francsico Friends Meeting/AFSC Peace Vigil

San Francsico Friends Meeting/AFSC Peace Vigil

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

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. 

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QUNO Staff in Burundi

QUNO Staff in Burundi

QUNO Staff in Burundi

After the election: Answering the knock

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

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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

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.

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Don Bustos

Don Bustos, Program Director for AFSC in New Mexico.

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

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.

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Sikh Vigil in Millbourne

Sikh Vigil in Millbourne

Sikh Vigil in Millbourne

We are One: an Interview with 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.

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Niyonu Spann

Niyonu Spann

Niyonu Spann

Shamba: Always, Never Coming Home

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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Home Group at the World Conference of Friends

Home Group at World Conference of Friends

Home Group at World Conference of Friends

When Clear Water Flows: Remember and Forgive

by Lucy Duncan

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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

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.

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