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Occupy Together: the People’s Mic

Occupy Philly at City Hall

Occupy Philly at City Hall

"Let the tension between reality and possibility break [our] collective heart open to justice, truth, and love."    - Parker Palmer

Supporting Spirit-Led Witness

Regularly I will be posting a query to invite dialogue on a topic of interest to Friends. Please respond as you are led. You can sign up to see replies to the thread of comments on each topic.  Thanks so much for your participation.  In Peace, Lucy

How can Friends churches, Friends meetings (monthly, quarterly, and yearly), and our Quaker organizations nurture and support spirit-led witness?

Respect: An antidote to violence

Participant of AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

A Participant of AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

A Participant of AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

I used to teach second grade at an inner city elementary school in Vallejo, California. I was teaching there when the riots occurred in Los Angeles in response to the initial verdict acquitting four police officers who had beaten Rodney King.  That morning, I interrupted the usual routine to invite the students to discuss what was happening.  Many of my students, who were mostly of African, Filipino, Mexican, and East Indian descent, told story after story of their own experiences of racism.

"The saddest thing…"

windows and mirrors premiere

windows and mirrors, afghanistan

One, of many, extrodinary murals of the Windows and Mirrors mural exhibit.

I was at the FGC offices in Philadelphia when the Twin Towers were hit.  We watched together as the first tower burned, believing that it was some kind of freak accident. When the second plane struck, I was incredulous for a while that this could have been intentional. I had a physical response – of astonishment, of sorrow, of grief.  We as staff gathered together in worship, then dispersed, clutching for our families, for sanctuary, for news.

Service begins at the rise of meeting

Pal youth

Popular Achievment Coaches training at AFSC Gaza office.

There’s an old Quaker joke: a first time visitor comes to meeting for worship and arrives just after the close of meeting.  The visitor asks, “So, when does the service begin?”

The meeting member replies, “Now.”

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