Let love be the first motion toward action!
Interested in reconnecting faith and witness? Longing to get more deeply engaged in movements for peace with justice and connect with other Quakers working for change?
Join AFSC staff and others at the Friends General Conference Gathering in California, Pennsylvania (south of Pittsburgh), the largest annual gathering of liberal Quakers, for a full schedule of activities to stoke the fire of faith-inspired activism.
This year AFSC will be offering workshops at the Gathering and running a full series of afternoon events to explore the spiritual grounding for action, the nuts and bolts of organizing, and information about issues.
Learn more about registration here.
Workshops Led by AFSC Staff
Week-long morning workshops at the Gathering include five led by AFSC staff:
- Campaign for Human Rights in Palestine/Israel (Mike Merryman-Lotze and Sandra Tamari)
- Journey through Our Criminal Justice System (Scilla Wahrhaftig and Lewis Webb, Jr.)
- Shared Secuirty: A Quaker Vision for U.S. Policy (Sandy Robson and Aura Kanegis)
- Telling Stories for Racial Justice (Lucy Duncan and Sharon Goens)
- Telling Your Story: The Impact of Militarism (Peter Lems and Molly McQueen) High School and AYF Only
A Series of Afternoon Events
Afternoon events will include:
- Building power for change: Organizing your meeting for action
- The spiritual basis for anti-racism work: A panel presentation
- Art exhibit and presentation from a formally incarcerated activist, Ojore Lutalo
- Organizing your meeting to address the New Jim Crow
- “Rest and Refreshment:" Meeting for Worship for nourishing spirit on the long road to justice
- The Doctrine of Discovery: How repudiation plants seeds for peace
- Ending the use of Drones and strategies to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF)
- If I Had a Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival screening
Friday Night: "Love in the Belly of the Beast"
The week concludes with a talk by AFSC staff member Laura Magnani (Strawberry Creek Meeting, PacYM) informed by her decades of prison-related work.