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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

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

Participants in the "Friend of a Friend" program at the Maryland Correctional Center reflect on the meaning of love.

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Participants in the "Friend of a Friend" program at the Maryland Correctional Center reflect on the meaning of love.

Occupy Together: the People’s Mic

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

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Occupy Philly at City Hall

Occupy Philly at City Hall

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?

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Respect: An antidote to violence

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.

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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

"The saddest thing…"

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.

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windows and mirrors premiere

windows and mirrors, afghanistan

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

Service begins at the rise of meeting

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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Pal youth

Popular Achievment Coaches training at AFSC Gaza office.

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