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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.

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.

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. 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

Martin Luther King, Jr. in India

The Quality of Light

“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

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Mountain Kites from Windows and Mirrors

Mountain Kites from Windows and Mirrors

Revolutionary nonviolence? David Solnit on people power and creativity

by Lucy Duncan

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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

What makes a Quaker organization Quaker?

by Lucy Duncan

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Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

Immigrants and Immigrant Allies: Making Justice Visible

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

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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

Occupy Together: Minutes from Quaker meetings and organizations

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. 

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There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way

There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way

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